Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello
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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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  • Cathie O
    Chicago, Illinois20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, hard to park
    My daughter is a huge Star Wars fan and wanted to see the balcony where Padme and Anakin were married. We were so disappointed to not be able to get tickets for the tour of the villa, but went anyway. The general entrance to the gardens, which was 35 euros for a family, included the terrace. She was so happy and the rest of the gardens are lovely. The only downside is that there is almost no parking, so my husband had to stay in the car as it was double parked. Also, it is a hike up a steep hill to get there, and definitely not accessible. If you can rent a water taxi, they can drop you off at the landing underneath the gardens, but again, a steeper climb.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Neslihangundes20
    London, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience trip
    Extremely amazing place to visit! My main reason coming to lake como to visit villa Balbianello! It has got brilliant garden and definitely worth visiting, you can buy ticket at the entrance for 12 Euro garden & 12 euro inside villa which I don’t recommend it’s basically 2 rooms! Few tips it’s very easy to get there by Taxi boat ⛴️ which is about 9 euro return! You can hop on to taxi boat from Lido Lena beach bar & restaurant.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Michael T
    Singapore, Singapore2,860 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stepping into a Fairy Tale like villa!
    We took a short ferry ride from Bellagio (where we were staying) to Lenno. From Lenno it was a comfortable walk along the coastal path (well signposted) to Balbianello. We’d purchased the tickets online the day before so it was a straightforward process at the gate. No queueing at all. It was early June when we visited Villa del Balbianello. It rained a little in the morning but the rain stopped at about 10.30am. So we had a cool morning, a light crowd and lots of space to wander around. Balbianello is like a quintessential Italian garden. I marvelled at how the landscapers could keep all the trees in such good shapes! I mean, it was like they all had a good smart haircut by a top class hair stylist! We didn’t purchase the tickets to the museum. The garden itself was a joy to visit. The mini chapel, the garden overlooking the lake and berthing area. It all looks like a setting from a fairy tale story. Wife and I had such an enjoyable time at Balbianello. We hope to be back at some time in the future.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Nelson_Eric
    Ulrum, The Netherlands131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit in Lake Como
    The villa looks really beautiful with a lake background. We came in the afternoon and it is cloudy at first, but the sun came out at last, and the villa looks even more beautiful under the sunshine. The garden is very well kept, with grass, trees and statues which reflect the hard and delicate work of the designers. Transportation from Milan city is a little bit far, recommend you take a regional train from central station (one hour duration) to Varenna, and change to a ferry boat to Lenno.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Neil W
    Lancaster District, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views straight from heaven
    Although some might have complained about the price, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the villa, as well as a wander round it's gardens. The beauty of this place is bucket list worthy in my opinion so I don't see a problem in the price at all. We were completely captured by the story of the Villa and it's late owner, from the history down to his secret escape passageway. The scenery and the photo opportunities within the gardens are nothing short of perfect, easy to walk around and just take in the surroundings. There are spots from the movie Star Wars that you can recreate if you're a fan of the movies, an ice cream vendor onsite with the most gorgeous gelato. My advice, if anyone is visiting Lake Como would be that this is a must see place that you have to add to your itinerary.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • 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 3 August 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 4 August 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 7 August 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 9 August 2023
  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom2,312 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 12 September 2023
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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 28 May 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 18 April 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 10 April 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 5 April 2024
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Vague Luxury Rent
Bellagio, Italy10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Add a touch of historical charm and sophistication to your special event with the use of a vintage wooden boat on the serene waters of Lake Como. These vessels, embodying the elegance and allure of bygone times, are perfect for creating unforgettable moments.
Written 13 February 2024
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Aero3926
Midwest364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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."
Written 5 November 2023
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Emmi35
Bangkok, Thailand693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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.
Written 2 November 2023
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Adele
Cape Town Central, South Africa76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
One of the most beautiful villas. The library is very impressive. The gardens are beautiful with an amazing view of the lake.
Written 1 November 2023
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 26 October 2023
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janet k
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
It's more beautiful in person❣️😍 The Lake, the Villa, EVERYTHING looks HEAVENLY😍❤️😍 We stayed in Lenno, which after visiting Bellagio and Varenna, we liked much better. But , all the towns are enchanting👍❤️👍
Written 11 October 2023
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