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Villa Melzi Gardens Bellagio

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Villa Melzi is a historic villa situated in the town of Bellagio. It is famous for its surrounding gardens, containing a variety of botanical specimens from around the world interspersed with statues, promenades and period architecture. Entrance includes access to the neo-classical chapel; museum and gardens with beautiful sculptures and spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons.

Villa Melzi: Napoleonic Origins

Francesco Melzi d’Eril, count of Lodi and Vice president of the First Italian Republic in the time of Napoleon, decided at the beginning of the 19th century to build a summer residence at Bellagio.

The villa was built between 1808 and 1810; Count Melzi’s taste for the neo-classical style came from Napoleonic France and inspired his choice of the architect Giocondo Albertolli. The white columns that flank the landing stage in front of the villa, and the regular succession of the windows enhance the classical style of the house when viewed from the lake.

The park was commissioned to Luigi Canonica and the agronomist Luigi Villoresi, who also laid out the Parco di Monza The axis of the garden extends up the slope from the lake to a high point above the villa.

It is crossed by many winding paths. Under the trees, along the shore and at the intersections of the paths, are Egyptian sculptures and Roman statues which add to the romantic atmosphere of the garden. According to the taste of the period lots of exotic trees were planted. Fascinating is the Japanese pond with water lilies, surrounded by Japanese maple trees and cedar trees. In April and May you can admire the blooming of the azaleas and rhododendrons.

Villa Melzi Gardens
Address:
via Lungolario Manzoni, Bellagio CO 22021
Telephone:
+39 339 457 3838
Email:
info@giardinidivillamelzi.it

Hours:

  • Mar 29 - Oct 30, Mon - Sun, 09:30 - 18:30

Costs:

€ 6.50 (typical).

Price: 6,50 euro per person. Groups (min. 20 pax) 5,00 euro per person. School groups 4,00 euro per person. Children under 6 years old free.
2 day-pass 8,00 euro (each extra day 4,00 euro)
Season ticket 50,00 euro