Villa Balbianello, one of the most enchanting villas on Lake Como. On the promontory of Lenno, Tremezzina, Villa Balbianello is worth a visit.
If you are in Lake Como area, you must visit Villa Balbianello.
It was built during the end of the 18th century by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini’s wish on the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery, whose facade is nowadays visible. It has many owners to the last one, the count Guido Monzino, who restored it and enriched with his collections. After his death, the Villa was transferred, on owner’s willingness, to FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano.
Villa Balbaniello welcomes its guests by a motto engraved into the floor of the portico saying “Fay ce que voudras” (“Do what you want”), a perfect description of the spirit of this wonderful place.
The complex is constituted by the Villa, the Loggia, the Library, the Sala dei Primitivi, the Museo delle spedizioni and the garden-park.
The Sala dei Primitivi hosts a rich collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art, alongside 18th-century English and French furniture, while instead the Museo delle spedizioni collects memorabilia of Monzino’s expedition to Everest and the North Pole, among which the sleigh.
From the Loggia you can admire breath taking views on Lake Como.
Villa Balbaniello is so elegant also thanks to its terraced gardens, where you can walk along its paths, surrounded by statues, wisterias and great plane trees pruned as big candlesticks. You can also stand in its lush gardens with hedges of box and laurel, and see in its park holm oaks, magnolias, cypresses, plus bushes of azaleas and rhododendrons.
Villa Balbaniello as film set
Villa Balbianello has been the set for many films, among which Piccolo mondo antico by Mario Soldati (1940), La Certosa di Parma by Christian-Jaque (1947), Jackpot by Mario Orfini (1992), Un mese al lago by John Irvin (1995), the second episode of Star Wars saga (2002), Casinò Royale by Martin Campbell with the charming James Bond.
Cover’s image: Ph. Roberto Valsecchi
Villa Balbianello – set of the film “Casino Royale” – The name’s Bond…James Bond
From 11th March 2017 to 19th November: 10 am – 6 pm.
Open every day, except Monday and Wednesday (unless public holidays).
Entry to the Garden is still possible up to 5.15 pm.
Last entry in the Villa 4.30 pm according to availability.
Adults: € 10
Kids (4 – 14 years): € 5
National Trust Members: € 7
FAI Members: free entrance*
Garden and Villa
Compulsory guided visit not reserved, groups of max 15 people, duration about one hour, Italian/English (according to availability):
Adults: € 20
Kids (4 – 14 years): € 10
National Trust Members: € 14
FAI Members: € 4
Compulsory guided visit reserved and specialized, groups of max 15 people, duration about one hour, booking requested:
Adults: € 16
Kids (4 – 14 years): € 9
National Trust Members and Students (until 25 years): € 10
+ € 60 for the guided visit every 15 people.
FAI Members: free entrance*
Reserved and/or specialized visit for schools
(booking requested, groups of max 12 youngsters)
Student: € 10
Students Classi Amiche FAI: € 8
Prices may vary if special activities or events are held.
Free disabled access showing the ANMIC card – Associazione Nazionale Mutilati e Invalidi Civili.
In case of events ticket may change.
*except for specific events whose ticket integration is necessary
Photo session are with fee and only upon reservation
How to get Villa Balbianello
The access to the Villa on foot from Lenno (approx. 1 km) takes about 25 minutes with an uphill haul. Otherwise you can get by lake using the lake navigation system.
Villa Balbianello Via Comoedia 5, 22016 Tremezzina – Como