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Villa Melzi

Situated on the shore of the lake, the gardens were built between 1808 and 1813 upon the design of architect Giocondo Albertolli for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Vice President of the Cisalpine Republic and friend of Napoleon, who gave him the title of Duke of Lodi.
The villa, with its pure neo-classical lines, is surrounded by splendid grounds that are the first example of an English-style garden on Lake Como. The grounds were created between 1811 and 1815 by Canonica and Villoresi who, in order to increase the sensation of size and enhance some of the perspectives, carried out colossal projects by levelling off ground and creating little hillocks.
The distribution of the vegetation, which appears natural, was the result of a great deal of study to increase the optical illusion of backgrounds and distance. The many plants that adorn the grounds include an enormous magnolia grandiflora, a huge group of camellias and many other tropical plants. In front of the Kaffehaus, an unusual Moorish-style kiosk, is a statue of Dante and Beatrice by Comolli, which inspired Liszt’s "Dante Sonata".
Around an artificial lake, known as the Japanese lake, grow Japanese cedars, maples and camphor trees, in an extremely atmospheric arrangement. Illustrious guests at the villa include Napoleon, Eugenio Beauharnais, Franz Josef and Ferdinand of Austria and Umberto and Margherita of Savoy.

Orari d'apertura
Da fine Marzo a fine Ottobre tutti i giorni dalle 9.30 alle 18.30
 
 

Contact

Via Melzi d'Eril 6, Bellagio
Tel.: +39.3394573838
Fax: +39 031950318