"Villa Balbiano is an extraordinary historical palazzo, the picture-perfect venue for family holidays or weddings on the breath-taking Lake Como"

Need to know

    • 6 bedrooms
    • Lake Como, Italy
    • Price from €9,450/day for up to 4 guests
    • Minimum stay 3 or 7 nights depending on season
    • Private access to the lake

We love

  • The magnificent lake views from the palazzo.
  • The magnificent Baroque frescoes from the 17th Century
  • The outdoor swimming pool facing the lake
  • The manicured gardens perfect for alfresco events

Top Secret

Vila Balbiano’s cellar is filled with an extensive International wines selection

Origins

Villa Balbiano was built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio at the end of the 16th century, after the drawings of Pellegrino Tibaldi, and was enlarged and embellished by Cardinal Durini in the 18th century.

The Review

Nestled within 3 acres of lawns and gardens, and enjoying private access to the lake and two swimming pool, Balbiano is designed to meet the desires of the most discerning guests and is the perfect venue for organising weddings or other special events.

The villa, formerly the residence of Cardinal Durini, a well-known collector of art, maintains all initial architectural details, some of which have been restored, such as the Baroque frescoes from the 17th century and is beautifully decorated with antique furniture.

In the late 18th century the Villa hosted a gallant and frivolous society where festivals, banquets and dances followed one another relentlessly. The lounges housed recitation meetings, concerts or literary discussions.

Inside, the spectacular baroque frescoes by the Recchi brothers in the early 17th century can still be seen. In the lobby, Cardinal Durini installed its rich library, known to all scholars of the time. Nearby, where the river empties into Perlana’s lake, the pipe works commissioned by Durini to stem the flow of water can still be admired.

Location

Villa Balbiano

  • Address: Piazza Cardinal Durini, 22010 Ossuccio CO, Italy
  • Travel info: Milan Linate Airport 87 km away, Malpensa Airport 76 km away

Key Features

  • Spa

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Weddings

  • Stunning Views

  • Pool