If you go to Bellagio, called “the Pearl of the Lake”, you should visit Villa Melzi and its garden. The mansion, that extends along the lake shore, was built in the 19th century by Duke Francesco Melzi d’Eril and it has a neoclassic style, with simple features to highlight the surrounding landscape.

The mansion and its chapel, that is now an historical museum, witnessing the work of many artists that left their marks, exalting its beauty; Stahdhal also alluded to Villa Melzi in his writings.The garden and the beautiful “chiosco” on the lake, from where you can see Comacina Island, make this villa unique.

Walking under the plane trees’ way up to the suggestive terrace in front of the mansion with its historical statues. Be enchanted by the colours and the parfumes of flowers and trees during the summertime. Furthermore at the end of your itinerary, be amazed by the colours of the trees that blend with the water of the small lake in the Oriental Gardens; you will not be able to recognise the two elements.

Villa Melzi is a place in which you can relax and enjoy a breathtaking view of our lake and its mountains, and, if you look hard, you could see another beautiful villa on the other side of the lake, Villa Carlotta, but we will talk about it later on.


How to arrive:

– by slowboat or hydrofoil to Bellagio

– by bus line C30

Opening time:

from 28th march to 31st october

from 9:30am to 6:30 pm


single ticket 6,50€

2 days pass 8,00€

payment direct at the Ticket Office in Bellagio (they do not accept credit cards)

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