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The peninsula of Bellagio (ancient Bilacus) has fascinated generations of visitors, like Gustave Flaubert, who wrote these moving words in 1845: “One would like to live here and die here”. There is a legend of the lake, concerning the precise location of the two villas that Pliny the Younger built on the lakeshore two thousand years ago. One of them, called Tragoedia, seems to have been the origin of the Villa Serbelloni, situated in one of the most spectacular places of the lake.
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Villa Serbelloni

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Villa Serbelloni

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The peninsula of Bellagio (ancient Bilacus) has fascinated generations of visitors, like Gustave Flaubert, who wrote these moving words in 1845: “One would like to live here and die here”. There is a legend of the lake, concerning the precise location of the two villas that Pliny the Younger built on the lakeshore two thousand years ago. One of them, called Tragoedia, seems to have been the origin of the Villa Serbelloni, situated in one of the most spectacular places of the lake.

There was a medieval fort on this site, destroyed by the Visconti family. In the 15th century Marchesino Stanga, treasurer of Ludovico Moro, had a palace built here, now also demolished. Ercole Sfrondati later constructed a new luxurious residence with lush gardens, including citrus orchards, laurel and jasmine.

The Sfondratis sold the property to Alessandro Serbelloni in 1788. He embellished the villa with valuable works of art and took an interest in the park, introducing acidophilic species in the new fashion of landscaping including oleanders and exotic conifers. Retaining walls were erected to create a network of paths and viewpoints from which to admire the lake. Formal areas were added that follows the entire peninsula.

The natural environment were greatly exploited, since it lent itself perfectly to the creation of a wooded park with long avenues that still today leads up to the villa. Terraces, hedges and flowerbeds accompany this avenue with buildings designed to host young scholars in different fields of knowledge, who wanted to think and create in a tranquil atmosphere.

Opening times:
From April to November with guided tours. Tuesday to Sunday at 11 am to 3.30 pm. Group visits only on weekdays by booking in advance. Closed in case of bad weather.

Tickets:
€ 8,50 per person Groups (minimum 20 people).
€ 6,50 Schools and reduced price € 4,50.
Free for children under 7 years.

ITALIANO

Post in Italian

Gioiello dalla storia antichissima, il parco di Villa Serbelloni si estende sul promontorio scosceso che separa i due rami del lago, dove, secondo la tradizione, Plinio il Giovane possedeva una villa chiamata Tragoedia. L’impianto originale della villa risale al 1400 e fu edificato per volere di Marchesino Stanga, feudatario del luogo.

Nel 1788 passò al conte Alessandro Serbelloni, esponente di una delle più nobili e ricche famiglie lombarde, che vi si dedicò anima e corpo, concentrandosi soprattutto sulla realizzazione dell’immenso parco esterno, dove fece costruire piste carrozzabili, viali e sentieri per una lunghezza totale di circa 18 km. Alla morte del conte la villa passò di proprietà in proprietà e, afine ‘800, venne trasformata in albergo.

Il complesso venen in seguito acquisito dall’americana Ella Walker, principessa Della Torre e Tasso, che decise nuovamente di abitarvi, donandolo poi alla sua morte alla Fondazione Rockefeller. Oggi la villa è sede di convegni e soggiorni di studio della Fondazione.

Aperti al pubblico sono invece i giardini, un suggestivo intrico di vialetti immersi nella vegetazione autoctona ed esotica e abbelliti da terrazzamenti, statue e grotte artificiali. Durante il percorso che dalla Torre di Bellagio sale fino alla vetta del promontorio, il visitatore avrà anche modo di godere di un superbo panorama del centro lago, con i tre rami del Lario e le Prealpi. 

Lake

Lake Como

Address

Via Roma, 1, 22021 Bellagio CO

Nearest city

Bellagio

Date

April 28, 2016

Category
Lake Como, Parks & Villas
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