Villa Monastero gardens, Varenna, Como lakeVilla Monastero gardens, Varenna, Como lake

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    This spot looks really nice Nati, but it is also so famous...
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      Very good description Nati!
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      Yes, and you added plans!
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Very famous spot. But the gardens and the view are simply amazing. A great moment.

My experience, Explo description: 

Villa Monastero was actually born from the restoration of an ancient Cistercian woman's monastry: St Maria, which was built around 1208. It is probable that its foundation is to be placed in relation to the religious settlements of the opposite shore: St. Faustino and St Giovita monastery on Comacina Island.

The monastery buildings remained the property of the Mornico family from 1569 to 1862.

From the 2nd half of the 19th century, villa Monastero began to undergo a series of transformations with the work of successive owners (Genazzini, Maumary Seufferheld, Kees, and De Marchi).

Walk to the end of the garden, following the shore of the Como lake. Many hidden spots on the way!

You can also visit the house.

My personal recommendations: 

At night, if you are looking for a romantic spot, I advise you to take the narrow street between the villa Cipressi and the Villa Monestaro. The street is paved with little luminous rocks, and leads to a little unknown peer... She/He will definitely fall in love with you! ;-)

How getting there: 

Via Palvani, 4
23829 Varenna

A tip to eat: 

There is a little cafeteria in the garden.

A tip to sleep: 

The close Villa Cipressi hotel is a bit expensive. But you can find in Varenna some cheaper hotels (about 40 euros for a room). I particularly advise you the hotel Olivedo on the ferry boat peer.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

-May-March-October: 9am to 6pm
-June to September: 9am to 7pm

Visit duration: 


Entry fees: 

5 euros (only for the garden).


+39 0341 295450

Access security: 

You might risk to fall in love while visitng the garden ;-)