Last updated on 29 September 11

Villa Melzi Giardini

  4.9/5 (7 ratings)

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The villa was designed in 1808 by Giocondo Albertolli, for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, on a promontory. It fronts on Lake Como and is surrounded by a gardenesque planting, including Japanese maples, American redwoods, rhododendrons and azaleas. The owner was a friend of Napoleon and the garden has a statue of the goddess Pacht from his Egyptian campaign.


 The English styled gardens, enriched with sculptures, was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and by the botanist Luigi Villoresi, both responsible for the arrangement of Villa Reale park in Monza. Through the contribution of great artists and artisans and the special concordance between them and Francesco Melzi the whole complex was shaped like a place of rare harmony and was admired, among the others, by Stendhal who described its beauty in his book "Rome, Naples, Florence" dated 1817.

Address - Bellagio (CO), Lombardia, Italy, 22021
Opening times - April to' October every day 9.30am. to 6.30 pm.
Website - Visit the Villa Melzi Giardini website

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  • over 2 years ago Fred said

    Autumn 2011 we wait for the fantastic colors....

  • over 4 years ago Family Scott from U.S.A. said

    Abbiamo passato una favolosa settimana agli appartamenti Giardini di Villa Melzi da favola.
    Con alloggio avevamo a disposizione il pass per visitare il parco.
    I giardini Melzi sono incantevoli e indimenticabili.
    Lo staff altrettanto.
    Torneremo anche il prossimo anno.

  • almost 5 years ago Gerald said

    Just outstanding!!!!!!

  • almost 5 years ago Anonymous said

    A must-visit garden... big park along the lake, neatly taken care of, must be really something in the spring when azalees bloom. I visited in August and it was less colourful.

  • almost 6 years ago Louise e Gianmarco said

    E' il piu'bel giardino che io abbia mai visitato.
    Lo consiglio a tutti.
    Ritorneremo presto a visitarlo.


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