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Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello

Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzina, Como, Italy, 22016

The Basics

The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery, but by the early 20th century the buildings and grounds had fallen into a state of neglect. American businessman Butler Ames bought and refurbished the villa in 1919, creating the elaborate terraced gardens that you can see today. In 1974 Italian explorer Count Guido Monzino purchased the villa and decorated it with collections of Chinese and African art, French furniture, and other artifacts from his expeditions before leaving the estate to the FAI (Italy’s National Trust) upon his death in 1988.

By far the best way to appreciate the estate is by taking a guided tour that offers insights into the history of the villa and explores both the impressive interiors and the extensive gardens. Consider opting for a private tour that combines Villa del Balbianello with visits to Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta, also on the shores of Lake Como.

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Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
$227.65 per adult
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Beautiful Lake Como, a unique experience in Fabulous Italy
Organisation was fine, we met the guide without problem. She even call us to find out our situation in our way by car to Como. The guide was enthusiastic, informed and all of us enjoyed her company.
JesusMaria_G, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Como

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Loving Lake Como and all it had to offer!
holly, Jul 2022
Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
Another Fabulous Full Day Tour in Lake Como! Wonderful Guide and experience! Highly recommend! Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The food and tour was superb! We enjoyed chatting with our Guide very much-
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Lake Como at its best!
Lorraine_B, Jun 2022
Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
This tour was excellent. Our guide was very informative and the tour well planned out. We felt very well taken care of. The tour of Varenna was so lovely and Villa del Balbianello was the absolute highlight!!!
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Amazing tour!
Elisabeth_T, Jul 2022
Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
The tour was amazing! Varenna and Villa Balbianello were incredibly beautiful. The only negative is that it was a little too long of a day for some of my group. If I had to cut the tour short somewhere, it would be the Villa Melzi gardens. All in all, I would highly recommend this tour as a must do!
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Guide
Kathryn_I, Jul 2022
The best of Lake Como - Como city walking tour and Villa Balbianello
Violetta was an excellent guide. She did everything to accommodate us. Very informative and made things fun.
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Go with Violeta
Gonzalo_M, Jul 2022
Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
Violeta was an excellent guide who deftly navigated long lines at the ferry terminals (caused by cancelled boats) and at the villa. She shared lots of information along the way and made the experience memorable. If you’re here in summer prepare for crowds.
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Beautiful Area
Penny_J, Jul 2022
Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
Seeing all the beautiful villas and landscapes. Learning about the history of the area. Not as organized as I would have hope but that’s Italy!
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Emerging in local culture by Elena
Hung_D, May 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Bellagio and Villa Balbianello Tour with Lunch
Bellagio and Villa Balbianello were beautiful; however, personal connection to event created memorable experience. Elena introduced us to the local history, culture, friends, foods, and the hidden hangouts. We had great experience from the tour.
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Sabrina and her wonderful tour of Lake Como!
holly, Jul 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Bellagio and Villa Balbianello Tour with Lunch
Sabrina was r guide- It was an 8 hr fabulous tour of some of the best Lake Como had to offer ! Sabrina has the most wonderful personality and made the day perfect and was extremely knowledgeable about the area. Our lunch was magnificent with a gorgeous view and the Bablenieo mansion house n garden tour was wonderful. The entire day was perfect! We were thrilled! I highly recommend asking for her specifically and this tour! She loves her job and it shows. We travel constantly all over the world and this tour is definitely worth your time and money. Thank you thank ! I must advise VIATOR however- I initially made reservations for a private tour similar to this one 9 months ago. A woman named Violetta contacted 2 weeks ago and canceled 3 of my private tours stating because I made reservations so early she canceled them. I re scheduled them immediately and she cancelled a second time stating I had to do group tours and my guides were all suck 2 weeks ahead of time…suspicious I think! So I rescheduled group tours - luckily I got Sabrina and it was basically a private tour and it was perfect But I warn you about greedy Violetta! She should be let go! I made reservations 9 months inadvance to secure private tours because I do not hear well and appreciate personal service. Please do something about this unprofessionalism- It is uncalled for and the first time in the 12 years I have used VIATOR I have been disappointed with them- But I loved Sabrina and her tour! She was wonderful- Violetta was horrible and unprofessional!
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Going around Bellagio, ...
Ungelli_P, Jun 2022
Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
Going around Bellagio, the stores, the medieval steps, the beautiful scenery, the awesome clear water if the lake. The tour guide was knowledgeable, very pleasant and engaging. Although the tour (trip) was expensive .
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Great info to Como and surrounds, Michele was fantastic!
Dayna_R, Nov 2021
The best of Lake Como - Como city walking tour and Villa Balbianello
Michele was an excellent guide! I really appreciated his insight and information. Lake Como area is gorgeous and it was really helpful to have him navigate ferries, etc. Recommending to friends and family.
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Helena was a great guide...
Robert_B, Jun 2022
Lake Como Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio exclusive full-day tour
Helena was a great guide for my family and I. She was very knowledgeable about the tour and gave us wonderful tips for amazing picture spots. We loved all the scoops on all the beautiful villas and thought the restaurant we went to for lunch was just perfect. We highly recommend this tour with Helena to anyone wanting to see Lake Como
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Wonderful small group highlight
Amber_S, May 2022
Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
This was a small group tour and hit the perfect highlights of Lake Como. The lunch was delicious and the view was incredible. We had our 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter with us and they were entertained and interested the entire time. Our guide Peter was knowledgeable and wonderfully personable. I highly recommend this tour. I truly loved the water taxi tour of the lake.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Villa del Balbianello and its beautiful grounds are especially interesting for avid gardeners and photographers.

  • If you are joining a tour of Lake Como’s villas, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • Parts of the villa and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, but many tours include access on foot and by taxi boat, which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or a wheelchair.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to approach Villa del Balbianello is on foot from Lenno, a 25-minute walk with excellent views of the lake as well as over the towns of Tremezzo and Lenno. You can also take a small-group boat tour or water taxi from Lenno, Varenna, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, or one of the other towns along the lake shore.

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When to Get There

Villa del Balbianello is open on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit, as the gardens are verdant and can be enjoyed without the summer crowds.

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Villa del Balbianello and Hollywood

This dramatic villa has been used as a location for a number of movies, includingStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the James Bond filmCasino Royale.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Villa del Balbianello?
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What else should I know about attractions in Lake Como?
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As well as visiting the Villa del Balbianello, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: