7 Must-See Villas on Lake Como

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of northern Italy, Lake Como is a destination that exudes beauty, charm, and a sense of timelessness. This iconic region is known for its serene waters and the magnificent villas that line its shores. As the owner of Wave Boat Como, we’re here to guide you through the journey of discovering some of the most famous and exquisite villas that grace the shores of Lake Como.

Villa Balbianello – Lenno

Situated on a lush, wooded promontory of the western shore, Villa del Balbianello is perhaps the most famous villa on Lake Como. The villa has been featured in several films, including James Bond’s CasinĂ² Royal and Star Wars Episode 2. With its stunning terraced gardens and picturesque location, it’s a must-visit destination for those who appreciate timeless elegance.

The villa’s unique charm lies not just in its architecture but also in its picturesque location and meticulously landscaped gardens. Its terraced gardens, meticulously designed with lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and charming pathways, offer panoramic views of Lake Como.

You can enter it by getting the ticket here

Villa Balbianello- Lenno

Villa La Cassinella – Lenno

Everyone agrees that Villa La Cassinella is the most beautiful villa on Lake Como. Just after Villa Balbianello, La Cassinella it is owned (the legend says) by Sir Richard Branson. This exquisite Italian villa offers an exclusive escape with its timeless elegance, lush gardens, and breathtaking lakefront views. It features opulent interiors of this 18th-century estate, while indulging in world-class amenities and impeccable service. It is not possible to visit it on land: only passing by boat.

Villa La Cassinella- Lenno

Villa Balbiano – Ossuccio

A Star of the movie ‘House of Gucci.’ The real-life opulence featured in the film. This 16th-century Italian villa on Lake Como, located just after the previous two, captures the essence of luxury, history, and elegance. The iconic villa that played a pivotal role in the House of Gucci story.

Celebrated for its rich history dating back centuries, Villa Balbiano stands as an epitome of opulence on the captivating shores of Lake Como. With its meticulously preserved architecture, lush gardens, and panoramic views, this exclusive retreat offers a glimpse into the past while providing an exquisite venue for weddings and special occasions. It is not possible to visit it on land: only passing by boat.

Villa Balbiano - Ossuccio

Villa Monastero – Varenna

Villa Monastero, in Varenna, is known for its beautiful botanical gardens, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Its lakeside promenade is perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Villa Monastero originated from the transformation of an ancient female monastery founded by Cistercian nuns and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, established at the end of the 12th century. The Villa saw a succession of different owners that undertook extensive construction and renovation works, gradually shaping its current eclectic residence appearance. Get your ticket here

Villa Monastero - Varenna

Villa Melzi – Bellagio

On the shores of Bellagio, Villa Melzi showcases a harmonious blend of Neoclassical and Romantic architecture. Its enchanting gardens are adorned with statues, exotic plants, and mesmerizing lake views.

The villa’s gardens are a true highlight, featuring a mix of English and Oriental styles with charming paths, sculptures, exotic plants, and breathtaking views of the lake. You can explore the gardens adorned with classical statues, a Moorish temple, a Japanese pond, and a beautiful pergola.

Visitors can also admire the villa’s architecture from the outside, with its elegant facade overlooking Lake Como. While the interior of the villa is not generally open to the public, the surrounding gardens offer a serene and picturesque experience. Get your ticket on site.

Villa Melzi - Bellagio - Wave Boat Como

Villa Carlotta – Tremezzo

Nestled in Tremezzo on Lake Como, Villa Carlotta is a captivating historical gem. Dating back to the late 17th century, this villa boasts an impressive art collection, showcasing neoclassical masterpieces and elegant furnishings within its opulent halls. Beyond its rich cultural heritage, the villa’s expansive botanical gardens spanning 70,000 square meters are a botanical marvel.

Wander among vibrant blooms, rare plants, and charming terraces while enjoying sweeping views of Lake Como. A harmonious blend of art, history, and nature awaits those who visit Villa Carlotta. Get the ticket here

Villa Carlotta - Tremezzo

Villa Olmo – Como

Villa Olmo is a splendid neoclassical villa constructed in the late 18th century for the Odescalchi family. Admire its grand neoclassical and Baroque-influenced architecture, showcased in its impressive facade adorned with columns and intricate details.

While its interior isn’t typically accessible to the public, the villa hosts cultural events and exhibitions, offering glimpses of its historical significance. The expansive gardens, featuring manicured lawns and serene lakefront views, provide a tranquil escape for visitors exploring (for free) this architectural gem.

Villa Olmo - Como


Exploring the famous villas of Lake Como is a journey through history, art, and natural beauty. Wave Boat Como invites you to embark on an unforgettable tour along the shimmering waters of Lake Como, where you can take in the splendor of these magnificent villas from a unique vantage point. These villas are a testament to the timeless charm of Lake Como, and we are here to help you experience their allure to the fullest.

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