Villa Olmo is a great example of neoclassical architecture. Its construction started at the end of 18th century and was finished in 1812 by marquesses Odescalchi. It belonged to family Raimondi and Visconti di Modrone. In 1925 Como municipality decided to make it a place for cultural events and art exhibitions. Villa Olmo is definitely the most majestic villa at Como lake. It is composed of a huge park and many buildings. Among them, the central building, which is used as exhibition place, the building on the north side, the south and the north casinos, greenhouses, tennis courts, an international hostel and a lido. 



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Via Simone Cantoni 1, Como, Italy
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Founded: 1797-1812
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy


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Pintér László (2 years ago)
It is free to walk around the villa, the surroundings are beautiful. It is worth to visit. However, I think the building, especially the walls, deserve a better maintenance.
Marchmello phat (2 years ago)
This place is free park, everyone can come to visit this park. I do not know about visiting the building. Villa Olmo is really nice to come to walk and rest. It has street parking near by but you need to pay. At night in summer time it has the event for example some music night. I really recommend to come to see.
ZAKARIA MSADDAR (2 years ago)
Very great wonderful place to visit, the view is stunning in front of the Como lake, water and snowy mountains are beautifully harmonized in a sweet view, highly recommended for visitors seeking cuteness and beauty
Richard Bucklew (2 years ago)
The garden is awesome. Do t waste your money to go through the museum. It cost us $14 and it took 5 minutes. The building would probably be Beutiful if they opened more than 3 rooms?
Jarrod Robertson (2 years ago)
Probably one of the best lakeside parks in all of Lake Como. Great views, great boardwalk to como, and an enormous park filled with joggers, dog walkers, families and plenty of space for picknickers. Definitely worth the visit on a sunny afternoon.
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