Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This magnificent villa is known for its beautiful architecture, picturesque gardens, mesmerizing views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains, and for being the filming location of blockbusters like 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' and 'Casino Royale'. You can take a guided tour of the villa's lavish interiors, where you’ll also be able to view artworks and artifacts collected by explorer and former owner Guido Monzino. The villa is only open to the public from March through to November, so it can get pretty busy—book your tickets early to secure your slot and get there in the morning for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • HilaryW971
    Norwich, United Kingdom301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful location for a fascinating villa,
    We greatly enjoyed this visit to see the artefacts collected by Guido Monzino. We did appreciate learning about all his adventures. Our guide was excellent and we could have done with longer especially in the upper room to study the collection. The location of this villa is quite stunning and the gardens are immaculate. This is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Suzanne L
    Washington DC, District of Columbia85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous villa and fascinating tour
    This was my favorite villa visit on Lake Como. Definitely reserve timed tickets in advance for the villa tour and gardens as they limit the number of walk-ins. Consider taking a water taxi if anyone in your group has mobility concerns as the walk up to the villa is very steep. Our English speaking tour guide was excellent. Catch the film about Guido Menzino in the first building you come to by foot to see clips of his North Pole and Everest expeditions. There is no food for sale at the villa, just cold drinks. We arrived early to spend some time walking around the gardens. It also looked like parking is very difficult so I would recommend arriving by boat or bus.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Andrew T
    Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    James bond villa
    Unbelievably beautiful villa. But to reach the was not for the faint of heart or those with mobility issues. Minimum 20 mins walk from the jetty. Best to take the boat into the villa. Not too expensive and saves you a lot of pain. But remember to get out early as the boat rides ends at about 5 and they will not extend. The grounds are amazingly manicured but perhaps should also opt for the villa interior tour which we didn't go for.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Kyrinth
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an interesting fella
    After a satisfying walk through the forest (the long route is on dirt track for around 3 kilometres - we had walking shoes but in the summer it isn't too bad) we arrived at the villa which deserves its reputation as the most beautiful villa on the lake. Guido Monzino did an excellent job restoring the villa and the FAI have done an even better job keeping it in pristine condition for people to view. Whilst it is not very wheelchair friendly (6 floor villa does have a lift but the gardens I can imagine would be a pain to get around), it truly is something that you must do if you are visiting the lake. Stunning.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom2,369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Balbianello……..
    We had prebooked our tickets online we enabled us to jump a small queue. There was no sign of any shuttle boats to take us from Lenno to the Villa so we had no option other than to walk. The walk from Lenno takes approx 30 mins, mainly up hill on the way there. This was ok, we took our time as it was quite a hot day. Walking back is so much easier. We were surprised in the absence of the boats that there were not golf buggies or something like that to get less able people there. The Villa itself and the gardens particularly are beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It’s been the highlight of our trip to Lake Como so far. We spent approximately 1 hour in the gardens which was plenty. The gardens are very well maintained. The views of the lake are stunning. There are toilets here but nowhere that we could see to get a coffee. Highly recommended. Well worth going out of your way for!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Donna M
    Wantagh, New York24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Villa
    The villa is gorgeous! Beware that there are lots of hills to climb, which can be troublesome for some people. You need to take a private boat or a water taxi from Lenno. It runs every 20 minutes, but has limited space. On a hot day, this can try your patience, but the views at the villa are worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, United Kingdom6,153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bellissimo Balbianello
    We visited Villa Balbianello on a cloudy drizzly day, however it was still beautiful & can only imagine the magnificentness of it on a beautiful sunny day. Sadly the day we went the ferry wasn’t operating, so we had to do the long walk there & back, with all the walking you do when at the village, I can imagine for some this would be quite a task. The Villa though once there is stunning (even on a cloudy October day) The tour was excellent & very interesting. Big advantage to going in October, was that it didn’t feel overcrowded. Thoroughly recommend & would love to revisit on a sunny day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Emmi35
    Bangkok, Thailand693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We planned to take a short boat ride from Lenno to board at the villa’s pier as suggested in the online booking for guided tour inside the villa. Unfortunately , there were technical problems at Lenno’s pier. So we had to walked 20 minutes from the entrance. The path is steep but it is well worth a hike! If you book a guided tour make sure you allow time for such hike. Anyway, once there, you will forget about the hike. The villa has the most beautiful and romantic view in Lake Como. The villa both inside and outside is amazingly beautiful and elegant. I urge everyone to take a guided tour to see the inside and to hear the story of Guido Monzino, the last owner of this villa. All villas in Lake Como definitely have their own uniqueness of beauty. However, to me, Villa del Balbianello is the most beautiful villa in Lake Como.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Aero3926
    364 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book ahead to see inside.
    Beautiful grounds, but was disappointed that villa tours were sold out. So, be sure to book in advance! Lot of up and down. Even the "shoreline" walk involves some elevation changes. I think the water taxi around the point would be worth it. Some unique plantings like "umbrella trees."
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • The Rogue Diplomat
    Los Angeles, California62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little underwhelming (Definitely go in the off-season)
    We took the guided tour (recommend) and saw inside all the rooms. They were ok, but more '70s-'80s-style than some of the grand palaces we're used to touring. The grounds are what is nice, but there are enough people that it turns into a photoshoot everywhere you turn. Honestly, we enjoyed seeing it more the following day from our boat tour. The big drawback is the parking here. There is a lot about a mile away from the entrance, but only about 20 spaces available. We had to park an extra .3 miles away. From that main lot, EVERYONE must walk the mile to the entrance, and if you are disabled at all, or elderly, it is not very convenient. Once inside, it would also be challenging. It's one of those places you feel that you must visit when in town, but ok. We enjoyed Villa Carlotta more.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The photos, the movies, the raving reviews. We knew we had to come when we planned our vacation to visit Lake Como. This review will focus a bit more on the logistics to help with some of the questions we had when we were planning.

Be sure to book online to tour the inside of the villa itself. We booked months out, nonrefundable, for 2:15 pm. This allowed leisurely time to travel from Bellagio to Lenno. Visit Lenno town, have a nice lunch lake side. Then we took the water taxi to go across the lake. This offered us a magnificent view of the villa, and great photo opportunity.

We arrived earlier than the 2:15 pm as they allow you to explore the gardens. At the gate, they check your names and told you the villa tour meeting spot. The grounds of the villa is simply beautiful. We especially enjoyed the terraces that looked out to the lake. If you have patience, you can actually wait and get photographs without crowds. People were very kind and courteous.

The last owner, Guido Monzino, kept a lot of his exploration memorabilia in the villa. He was also an avid collector of many amazing artifacts. Some thousands of years old. We found the secret passage and trap doors fascinating. We feel it is definitely worth the cost and effort to get the interior tour. The umbrella trees were so unique, they were admired by many.

We found the grounds to be very clean and well maintained. There were bathroom facilities for use and they were clean. There is a bit of "up and down" to walk this property. Be sure to wear good footwear.

In the end, we chose to walk back to Lenno town, as it was mostly down hill. About 30 minutes or so, leisurely and mostly in the shade. Note the ferry back to Bellagio did not run too late, so plan accordingly.
Written July 12, 2024
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dapper777
Monaco64,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We loved it.
It is an absolute "must" for connoisseurs and garden lovers!
Originally it was a monastery, then, after being partially abandoned for decades, this villa was restored and inhabited again at the end of the First World War.
There is a museum in the buildings with objects and furnishings brought by one of the former owners.
There is also an extraordinary collection of Arctic maps, some of which were used for 19th-century expeditions.
The last owner died in 1988 and bequeathed the villa to a private Italian cultural and monumental association, which now takes over its management and maintenance.
The easiest way to get here is by boat from Lenno.
The short boat ride is also truly spectacular, not to be missed.
The entire property can also be rented for events such as weddings, conferences and meetings.
The villa is spectacular, the gardens are very well kept, and the internal spaces are really well preserved.
You can't miss it if you are in the Lake Como area.
Written July 9, 2024
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Soumya Nayak
Dubai, United Arab Emirates671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a splendid place, the gardens are pretty, well maintained, facing the lake, nice view - everything is fantastic.

But but but, to reach the place seemed like a treasure hunt activity - first we took a boat ride from Bellagio to Lenno, then a 20-minute walk till the signage which directed to walk up for the Villa, then a 15-min steep walk to reach the ticket counter, then a 30-minute roller coaster walk to reach the gates of Villa del Balbianello, phewwwww !!!

Due to pleasant weather & greenery all around, the walk was less exhausting, but this long journey will deter families with small children & older people from the visit. I guess this is why many people opt for the boat tour where they can see the villa & its gardens from far.

If you are up for the journey, this is definitely a wonderful place to visit.
Written July 7, 2024
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WitchyYork
Strensall, UK1,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Amazing villa with the most spectacular views everywhere you look.
We booked online before our holiday and as members of the British National Trust, we got a discount of €6 each. Just make sure you take your card with you.
Parking can be challenging in the summer, we parked at Via Armando Diaz across from the cemetery where it’s free parking. This is a 30-40 min walk from there, in total, to the Villa gates where you get your timed entry for your guide. Part of this walk is the 25 min uphill walk from the ticket entrance. We saw a queue of people waiting to be admitted at the ticket entrance, so book ahead and buy online to bypass this.
When you’ve reached the Villa gates you are given an entry time to tour the house with your guide, where you meet on the gravel between the loggia and the main house.
The house is left just how it was when it was given to the FAI (Italian National Trust) and is fantastic. Our guide Annalisa was brilliant, so interesting and informative.
The grounds contain the movie locations of James Bond Casino Royale and Star Wars Attack of the Clones, which whilst fun to find are bustling with people trying to get the perfect photo.
Written July 5, 2024
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Melanie C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful. Tickets to tour the villa sell out quickly, but it is worth it to see the gardens only. Be advised, the walk to the grounds is a little taxing.
Written July 1, 2024
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Sean L
Brisbane, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Wonderful wonderful wonderful. This place is magnificent and you simply must visit. Staff were also fantastic and very accommodating as we were a bit late, so they changed us to a later booking. Michaela was a wonderful guide around the house. You’ll get some amazing photos so dress up as you’ll want to frame them! 😀
Written June 23, 2024
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nina2121
San Antonio, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous Villa, outstanding gardens and interesting tour. A few important logistical notes:

1. Buy your ticket online in advance. This will save valuable time by not standing in line. Try to book a minimum of a week or two ahead of time. If you want to see the inside of the villa, book way in advance. You might get lucky and get a tour at the window when you arrive (we did!).

2. It is critical to wear comfortable shoes. The villa is a 20-25 minute walk from l where the ferry drops off in Lenno. Much of it is uphill. It is a nice stroll but wouldn’t be if not wearing the right shoes.

3. There is a pier at the back of the villa where private tours can drop you. Wish I’d done this! You can also get a ride on a water taxi back BUT the line may be long. I think they take about 12 people every 20 minutes. I believe it cost 6 Euro one way per person and you pay on board. We ended up walking back (again, wear good shoes!) just to make sure we caught the departing ferry on time.

It is a gorgeous and special experience, especially if you are prepared with good shoes, water, and sun protection. And maybe a snack or two :)
Written May 28, 2024
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Mintra M
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We took the English guided tour and it was very fun. Our guide was excellent. Highly recommend. The Villa and the garden are beautiful and very well maintained. Spring is one of the best visit time as the wisteria are blooming.
Written April 18, 2024
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The Rogue Diplomat
Los Angeles, CA62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took the guided tour (recommend) and saw inside all the rooms. They were ok, but more '70s-'80s-style than some of the grand palaces we're used to touring. The grounds are what is nice, but there are enough people that it turns into a photoshoot everywhere you turn. Honestly, we enjoyed seeing it more the following day from our boat tour.
The big drawback is the parking here. There is a lot about a mile away from the entrance, but only about 20 spaces available. We had to park an extra .3 miles away. From that main lot, EVERYONE must walk the mile to the entrance, and if you are disabled at all, or elderly, it is not very convenient. Once inside, it would also be challenging.
It's one of those places you feel that you must visit when in town, but ok. We enjoyed Villa Carlotta more.
Written April 10, 2024
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S&M Gardner
London, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Absolutely stunning place with beautiful, well kept gardens. You could not wish for a more photogenic settings.
You can take a boat taxi from Lenno for a full view of the villa from the lake.
Written April 5, 2024
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