Villa Balbianello - Lake Como, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 45° 57.893 E 009° 12.127
32T E 515660 N 5090165
Quick Description: What better way could there be to discover the magical atmosphere of Lake Como than a trip to Villa del Balbianello, which can be reached by ferry or by a short walk?
Location: Lombardia, Italy
Date Posted: 7/17/2013 1:13:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMHJZ8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tharandter
Views: 1

Long Description:
This lovely Villa, which is now owned by heritage foundation FAI, is on a promontory that drops steeply into the lake, and it was once the site of a Franciscan hermitage dedicated to St. John. In 1787 the property was purchased by Angelo Maria Durini, pontifical legate and apostolic envoy for the isle of Malta. At the end of his glittering diplomatic career, Durini decided to create his dream of a peaceful location in which to study, read and discuss the arts.

He created the double-sided loggia, a true architectural invention, and he did much to create the magical atmosphere that attracted many personalities from the world of art and literature.

Over the following centuries, the property was acquired by Count Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, and later by the Arconati Visconti family.

In 1974, the building was purchased by Alpine climber Guido Monzino, famous for his epic ascents, and he created an international centre for the study of exploration, and for associated research.
The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation:
rom 14 March to 15 November: 10:00am-6:00pm Open every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays that are not public holidays (on Monday 1 June, it will be open for the “Republic Day” holiday period).

Admission Prices:
TICKETS INFORMATION: TICKET PRICE: Garden only: Adults: €5 Children (aged 4-12): €2.50 Members of FAI, the National Trust, and residents of the union of Tremezzina municipalities: admission free. Garden+Villa Visit with obligatory guide, without prior booking, in groups of 15 people. The visit lasts about 60 minutes, in Italian and English. Availability is therefore limited: Adults: €11 Children (aged 4-12): €6 Members of FAI, the National Trust, and residents of the union of Tremezzina municipalities: admission free for the gardens, €3 for the interiors of the Villa, including guided tour (Italian and English), which is obligatory and which is necessarily run for groups (maximum 15 people)

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Half of a day (2-5 hours)

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

The attraction’s own URL: Not listed

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