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Villa Melzi Giardini

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.
Photograph © Giardini di Villa Melzi
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Bernhard Eckert
Photograph © Bernhard Eckert

History

 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.

Bellagio (CO), Lombardia, Italy, 22021

April to' October every day 9.30am. to 6.30 pm.

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