We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Il Giardino della Valle

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Via Monte Santo 5, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 72 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
An unusual garden

All the gardens I have visited have been manicured and designed to look tame and domesticated. There is nothing wrong in this style. Il Giardino della Valle is unusuall in that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
Penfold-on-BakerSt
,
Harrow, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 10: English reviews
Harrow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

All the gardens I have visited have been manicured and designed to look tame and domesticated. There is nothing wrong in this style. Il Giardino della Valle is unusuall in that it has been allowed to grow as a wild garden. I was not able to visit the whole garden. the little I did visit was a pleasure to walk... More 

Helpful?
Thank Penfold-on-BakerSt
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We found this place by chance and we were delighted by this place. You even have some banches to contemplate your surrendings with free books! Worth visiting

Helpful?
Thank ana P
Orlando
Level Contributor
51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

It took a bit of time to find the entrance of of this lovely garden but well worth the hike up the hill. This reminded me of "The Secret Garden", the lovely book I read as a child. Apparently, this area was once a dumping ground until several neighbors decided to turn it into a garden. Tons of cool little... More 

Helpful?
Thank mictim2
United States
Level Contributor
406 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

it has quite a history. there wasnt much in bloom when i was there, but it was still a nature wonderful

Helpful?
Thank drudol
Como, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

It is not only a lush, verdant and quiet green spot, but also a very special place with a very special history. It dates back to 40 years ago, when a wonderful woman, Mrs Ida Frati, grew tired to see an illicit garbage dump destroying the narrow valley along the perimeter of Villa d'Este. She decided to take action and... More 

Helpful?
Thank ProgettoEcate
arizona
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

beautifully maintained by volunteers, visited in April and saw lots of flowers, yard sculptures were cleverly placed along the meandering paths

Helpful?
1 Thank biberae
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2014

I stayed in Cernobbio for 2 weeks and went for a walk up the mountain every morning. I finished a couple of my walks by strolling through this beautiful garden which I believe is cared for by volunteers. A must if you are visiting the magnificent Cernobbio!

Helpful?
3 Thank Lynda D
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is an informal garden in great contrast to the groomed grounds of the Villas surrounding Lake Como. It was mostly greenery - few flowers. but it was cool, quiet - a pleasant retreat.

Helpful?
4 Thank Deborah A
London
Level Contributor
40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

This garden was not easy to find, but it is a lovely walk down the hill to the lake once you have found it. Wear good shoes.

Helpful?
2 Thank Jacky London
Wells, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

This 'garden' is the result of several years of restoration of a little river valley running down to Cernobbio. It is hard to believe that it was once used to dump rubbish! Volunteers have created a magical series of tiny terraces and wooden bridges with lush planting a of a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees. Lots of little side... More 

Helpful?
8 Thank Jenny S

Travellers who viewed Il Giardino della Valle also viewed

 

Been to Il Giardino della Valle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Il Giardino della Valle and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Il Giardino della Valle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?