Located in the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como for centuries is known as a great destination to rest your body and soul, and get inspired by the pure beauty of the surroundings. Nowadays, its scenic views and blue, deep water continue to attract people from all over the world.
Towns and villages around lake Como have enough to offer to keep you interested for weeks, starting with culture, art, and sports activities, and ending with luxurious hotels and Michelin restaurants.
Without doubts, one of the greatest attractions in the region is luxurious villas, surrounded by astonishing parks and gardens.
Which one to choose? Here is a list of 3 villas of Lake Como, that left the best impression on me. All of these are both gorgeous and so different from one another.
Number One. Villa del Balbianello.
My favorite villa is situated on a beautiful peninsula, overlooking Lake Como. If you are searching for a romantic getaway, you can’t beat Villa Balbianello.
In search of the most beautiful place in the world to shoot a scene on planet Naboo for an episode of Star Wars, George Lucas has chosen this particular villa. That’s how spectacular it is. Indeed, the villa is so much more than just a stage of a famous movie. Every single corner of the house is full of treasures. I would never expect to see such an incredible collection of artifacts there. What I like the most about this place is a great atmosphere, created by the last owner, who was a passionate traveler and explorer. Unlike other villas of Lake Como, it looks cozy and charming despite its grandeur. I miss the villa because there I felt happy and inspired.
Address: Via Camoedia 5, Tremezzina, Italy
Number two. Villa Melzi
My second recommendation is Villa Melzi. It is one of the hidden gems of Lake Como, located a short walking distance from the famous Bellagio. Boasting stunning views and great atmosphere, the villa is also not spoiled by tourists.
During our visit on a beautiful summer day, we were among the very few visitors there. Though, we managed to meet a new friend there (little cute squirell, too fast to take a descent picture).
The villa itself is not open to the public. However, you can easily spend a few hours strolling around its enormous, well-maintained gardens, or relaxing on one of the little benches. One of my favorite spots is up to the hill, in the shadow of the trees, surrounded by fabulous hydrangeas of all colors imaginable.
Take your time to visit a small exhibition in the orangery, and the charming family chapel also.
Let yourself get lost walking the numerous trails, and enjoy the true spirit of Como.
Address: Via Lungolario Manzoni, Bellagio
Number three. Villa Carlotta
And the third one in the list is the famous villa Carlotta. Located just 10-15 min by ferry from Bellagio, this villa is probably the most visited in Como region.
Set aside at least 2 hours to walk around its extensive (8 hectares) gardens. You will be able to observe a great variety of vegetation, starting from Japanese bamboos, cedars, and stately Sequoias, to the rainforest, skillfully maintained by local gardeners. Walk up the hill and take your time to enjoy stunning views of Bellagio, lake and surrounding mountains.
Then head back to admire the splendor of the past inside the villa. If you love Art, you will appreciate a collection of masterpieces in the villa, which include Canova sculptures and Hayez paintings.
Inside, classical music concerts often happen on the first floor of the palace. For special occasions, florists decorate saloon with stunning beauty bouquets, almost too beautiful to be real.
If you are lucky enough, you have a chance to see one of the great performances, organized by villa staff.
Address: Villa Carlotta Via Regina, Tremezzina
In conclusion, spectacular villas of Lake Como never fail to impress. So pack you luggage and enjoy your time!