Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello is one of the most beautiful gardens in the northern Italian Lake district, located on Lake Como and it occupies one of the most idyllic positions on the lake.

Its wooded peninsula juts out into the water almost opposite Bellagio, with breathtaking views up and down the lake.  Arriving from the water, it is nothing short of mythical and, climbing up the stairs from the water, you will see spectacular views of the lake in all directions. 

The panorama is best enjoyed from the open loggia built at the highest point by a discerning eighteenth-century Cardinal Angelo Durini.

The original name of the property was Dosso di Lavedo, as Balbianello’s rugged promontory is known, was to become a favorite subject for romantic artists who loved to paint the villa perched on top of its sheer, rocky outcrop with the snowy peaks of the Engadine mountains, shimmering far away across the water.  

Stendhal took a boat trip that passed in front of Balbianello, and a great admired scenery, which reminded him of Scotland. 

This garden is best visited and entered from the lake itself, since the garden is best viewed from the water.  It is not easy once you are on Lake Como to arrange water transportation and we do recommend doing so in advance and booking a tour.


Via Guido Monzini 1 – Lenno

Opening Hours
from March to January every day except Monday and Wednesday 
From 10:00 to 18:00

VIlla and Garden
Guided tour of the interiors of the Villa
• Adults: €22
• Reduced: (aged 6-18): €12
• Children aged 0-5: free entry

Garden Only
Self guided tour (it takes about 45/50 minutes)
• Adults: €11
• Reduced (aged 6-18): €6
• Children aged 0-5: free entry

Getting Here
By foot (1 km from Lenno)
Taxiboat from Lenno Beach (7.5€ roudtrip)