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Villa del Balbianello

Villa Del Balbianello is situated at Lenno at the far end of the peninsula Lavedo. The peninsula is covered with woods and reaches far into the lake. Thanks to its unique position, the view from the villa is splendid. Cardinal Angelo Durini had it built in 1787, where there was a small Fransiscan monastery. The complex is formed by two square constructions and a loggia with a wonderful view of the gulfs of “Venere”and “Diana”.

The Villa has a delightful landing stage from where a flight of steps leads up to the garden. The garden's structure follows the natural form of the terrain. At some points there are steep rocks, that form terraces at various heights where lawns, hedges, cypresses and chestnuts succeed each other.


After the death of Cardinal Durini the villa was sold to Giuseppe Arconati Visconti. He enriched the garden and the loggia. After a period of neglect, the villa was bought, just after the first World War, by the American general Butler Amos. He renovated the whole complex. After his death the property was bought by Count Guido Monzino, an explorer, who brought his collection of art pieces and reminders of his explorations to the villa. In 1988 the count left the Villa to the FAI, the Italian National Trust.

Opening Time:
Dal 14 marzo al 15 novembre dalle 10.00 alle 18.00 - Lunedì e mercoledì chiuso.
Accesso pedonale: soltanto il martedì, sabato e domenica e giorni festivi è consentito l’accesso pedonale.
Accesso via lago:di fronte al Lido di Lenno è istituito un servizio regolare di motoscafi per accedere alla villa.