Villa Erba is a place of historical importance: it houses the Museum of the “Luchino Visconti’s Rooms” as well as an exhibition and congress centre. Overlooking the lake, it is located in a wonderful centuries-old park and the property includes also a green area overlooking the lake that once served as horse track.
Often chosen for weddings, corporate events or important fairs, it is open to the public only on the occasion of fairs or cultural days.
Villa Erba is one of the most famous and important villas of the Lario; commissioned at the beginning of 1900 by the Erba family as a representative residence, it is still today a place of great charm. The building, developed on two floors, has a square plan, an imposing entrance porch and, on the other side, a wide staircase that descends towards the lake.
The panoramic turret, a typical architectural element of that time, served as a link between the noble floors and those for the staff.
Wanted by the Erba family, historically involved in the pharmaceutical industry, it was designed and built between 1898 and 1901 by architects Angelo Savoldi and Giovan Battista Borsani.
The family bought the large estate from the Peluso family, who also owned Villa d'Este, and commissioned the renovation of the various buildings located in the huge area as well as the park. The heir Carla Erba married here the Duke Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone and from their union was born Luchino Visconti, a movie director considered the father of Italian Neorealism.