Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Sights



Villa Melzi Review

The famous gardens of the Villa Melzi were once a favorite picnic spot for Franz Lizst, who advised author Louis de Ronchaud in 1837: "When you write the story of two happy lovers, place them on the shores of Lake Como. I do not know of any land so conspicuously blessed by heaven." The gardens are open to the public, and though you can't get into the 19th-century villa, don't miss the lavish Empire-style family chapel. The Melzi were Napoléon's greatest allies in Italy (the family has passed down the name "Josephine" to the present day). Guided tours available upon request.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via Melzi d'Eril 8, Bellagio, 22021 | Map It
  • Phone: 3394573838
  • Cost: €6.50
  • Hours: Late Mar.–early Nov., daily 9:30–6:30
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  • Location: Bellagio
Updated: 03-11-2013

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