Lake Como – Bellagio – Villa Melzi

If you visit Bellagio be sure not to miss the famous gardens of Villa Melzi. The gardens are open to the public but the 19th century neoclassical villa is not. It is said these gardens were a favorite spot for Franz Lizst, the famous composer and pianist and quite possibly where he wrote one of his most famous pieces, ‘Dante Symphony’. This Villa was built to be the summer residence of Francesco Melzi d’Eril, one of Napoleon’s men.

As you enter you come upon this serene Japanese inspired garden and the Grotto.

Villa Melzi pond
Japanese Maples

Next you encounter the Moorish Pavilion with its sculptures and cypress trees. A pretty spot to rest a minute or just hop out of the sun. The views both north and south are lovely.

Bellagio Villa Melzi Moorish Pavilion
Villa Melzi Moorish Pavilion

Farther along towards the Villa is a lovely Plane (Plantanus x acerifolia) tree lined path with modern benches. A quiet spot to enjoy the views of the lake and the towns across.

Villa Melzi Modern benches arch
Modern benches arch

Right in front of the Villa is the Terrace and Lake Landing. The columns frame the views toward the Swiss Alps.

Villa Melzi
Terrace and Lake Landing looking towards Switzerland

As you wind your way around you link back to the beginning via a series of paths lined with specimen trees and statues.

Bellagio Villa Melzi-1-2

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