The Villa Melzi’s Gardens are considered more proper “English” gardens rather than Italian-styled gardens. There are a lot of different species and influences in the garden, however, like this Oriental-style garden spot.
The significant building, which overlooks the lake, was built between 1808 and 1815 by the architect Giocondo Albertolli upon a request by Francesco Melzi d’Eril, nominated Duke of Lodi by Napoleon himself and for whom he fulfilled the role of vice-president of the Italian Republic from 1802. From 1805, with the advent of the short-lived Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy he fulfilled the role of Chancellor of the Empire.
Even after his political career, since this was a Melzi residence, the construction, which he wanted as elegant as the Royal Villa of Monza and the other villas situated on the Lake of Como, was decorated and furnished by famous artists of the period: artists Appiani and Bossi, sculptors Canova and Comolli, and the Luigi Manfredini.
Ticket Price : 6.50 €
Open Hours: 9:30-18:30 Mon-Sun. From March 29 up to 30 October.
Address: Giardini Di Villa Melzi, Bellagio
How to arrive : By train from Milan Central Station (Centrale) train Milan-Como , after this take a bus or ferry boat from the Center of Como to Bellagio.