Artistic and botanical jewel overlooking Lake Como and stunning neo-classical architectural complex, Villa Melzi d’Eril was realized in the early nineteenth century at the behest of Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and afterwards Gran Chancellor of the Napoleonic Reign of Italy.
The splendid gardens of Villa Melzi extend along the shore of the lake and fit harmoniously into the hilly landscape of the peninsula of Bellagio, with panoramic views of the Tremezzina.
Of particular charm is the Japanese pond with aquatic plants including water lilies and all around, maples and Japanese cedars. Rich blooms of azaleas and rhododendrons in April and May give life to the colourful meadows and slopes surrounding the villa. The small chapel on the edge of the lake is very picturesque.
The visit includes the chapel, the small museum and the park by the lake, where beautiful groups of azaleas and rhododendrons alternate with magnificent statues.
The walk along the avenue of the plane trees, cut as an umbrella, ends in the large terrace overlooking the lake and in front of the villa, framed by ancient and valuable statues. The family chapel delimits the garden with its splendid neoclassical monuments.
The old orange greenhouse next to the villa is now used as a museum of relics and prints of the first Italian Republic.