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Opening of Villa del Balbianello - Season 2020

In accordance with the Prime Ministerial Decree of 8 March 2020, the opening of museums and places of culture is suspended.

The decree is valid until April 3.

The FAI properties will remain closed together with the parks and gardens. For the latter, the possibility of reopening them is being verified in compliance with the provisions of the Decree (prohibition of assembly and guarantee of the safety distance of one meter).

Friday 13 March Villa del Balbianello reopens to the public and opens the 2020 season.

Erected at the behest of Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century, the Villa del Balbianello, now owned by the FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano, sorge in the village of Lenno (Tremezzina), at the end of the Dosso di Avedo in one of the most evocative locations around Lake Como.

Because of its charm it is now used as a stage set in numerous film productions and welcomes thousands of visitors every year, positioning itself among the most visited FAI assets in Italy.

The access to the Villa and its splendid gardens is on foot from Lenno with an uphill stretch, which can be covered in about 25 minutes, or by lake with taxiboat from Lido di Lenno.

On the occasion of the FAI Spring Days (21-22 March 2020) Villa del Balbianello will be open to visitors with a free offer.

Opening times 2020

From March 13 to October 31

Open every day except Mondays and non-holiday Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Last entrance to visit only the Park at 5:15 pm.
Last entrance to visit the interior of the Villa, with a guided tour of maximum 60 minutes, 4:30 pm. It is recommended not to arrive later than 16:00.

From 1st November to 6th January.
Open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays other than public holidays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Last entrance to the Garden at 4:00 pm.
Last entrance to the Villa at 3:30 pm according to availability.

Prices 2020

Garden Only

You can visit on your own without being accompanied by a guide.

  • FAI members and residents Municipality Tremezzina: free entrance *
  • Adults: € 11.00
  • Kids: (6-18 years): € 6,00
  • Children up to 5 years of age: free entrance
  • National Trust members and students up to 25 years: € 9,00
  • Soci Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre and handicapped people with accompanying person: free entrance

* with the exception of specific events where only the integration of the event will be requested.

Garden and Villa

The interiors can only be visited with a guided tour lasting about 50 minutes.
The tours are carried out in groups of maximum 15 people in Italian and English, without reservation: the staff at our ticket offices will inform you about availability and time.
(We suggest to arrive before 16:00)

  • FAI members and residents Municipality Tremezzina: € 4,00 (Contribution for guided tour)
  • Adults: € 22,00
  • Kids: (6-18 years old): € 12,00
  • Children up to 5 years of age: free entrance
  • National Trust and Students (up to 25 years old): € 16,00
  • Handicapped persons with accompanying person: free entrance
Driven tours

Private or group visits (maximum 15 people) lasting about 60 minutes: € 60 for the guide + entrance ticket. The guided tour is always and only upon reservation.

Reserved and/or specialized visit for school groups (reservation required, groups max 12 children)

  • Students: € 10,00
  • Students FAI Friendly Classes: € 9,00

Booking: booking.balbianello@fondoambiente.it.

Visitors with disabilities have free access to FAI property open to the public by presenting their ANMIC – National Association for the Mutilated and Disabled.

Access to the Villa

Every day on Earth from Lenno. Route of 1 km with an uphill stretch that can be covered in 25 minutes. Parking Mercato, in Via degli Artigiani, near Lido di Lenno.

You can access the Villa via Lago, via Taxiboat, leaving from Lido di Lenno. (SERVICE ON PAYMENT)

Possibility to access also by lake with private boat services.


Dogs are welcome in all FAI goods.
In the gardens on a leash, inside only guide dogs or small dogs to be held in your arms or special carrier for the duration of the visit (about 50 minutes).

Photographic services

Photographic services (e.g. weddings) are subject to a fee and booking is mandatory: m.sormani@fondoambiente.it.

How to get to Villa del Balbianello

In Car

From Como: state road 340 to Menaggio.
From Milan: Motorway A9 Milano-Laghi exit Lago di Como, then state road 340 to Menaggio.
From Switzerland (Lugano): road Lugano-Menaggio, then state road 340 towards Como.

By train

From Milano Centrale: trains to Tirano or Sondrio with stop Varenna Esino + Battello.
From Milan Porta Garibaldi: trains to Chiasso with stop Como San Giovanni + Bus or Battello
From Milan Cadorna: trains to Como with Como Nord Laghi + Bus or Boat stop

By Bus

Once in Como you can take a bus of ASF Autolinee – Line C10 Como – Menaggio – Colico and get off at Lenno Centro.

By Boat

Once in Varenna or Como you can take a boat of the Navigazione Lago di Como to Lenno.

For more information

Villa del Balbianello
Via Guido Monzino, 1 – Tremezzina (CO)
T +39 0344 56110
And booking.balbianello@fondoambiente.it.

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