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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Chris Castillo (12 months ago)
Though the place and view is great, the museum was closed due to a shoot for a commercial or movie of some sort.. i had fun on walking around, but wished i could have entered the museum and go near it
Flávio Ferreira (13 months ago)
Its amazing place to relax and enjoy the good weather....Villa Olmo is the most celebrated and sumptuous of the historic homes of Como and one that made Como one of the driving forces of the Enlightenment in Italy. Simone Cantoni succeeded in realising the needs of a cultured and progressive aristocracy, bringing good taste to those buildings "remodelled in the modern fashion" while fully embracing the ideas of the Enlightenment at a time that saw Lombardy, and Milan in particular, become one of the liveliest centres in Europe.
Iulia Chifor (13 months ago)
The villa's architecture and restaurations are very nice. To visit it it's free but there's nothing inside. Every chamber/hall is empty but I still think it's nice to have it visited. Employees are very friendly. There's a beautiful view of the lake that can be enjoyed for hours.
Selina Garlaschelli (14 months ago)
The villa is stunning even though it needs some remodeling but the best is the park just behind the villa. It is really well groomed plants are fantastic and you can sit and relax or read as long as you want. The view is beautiful in the early morning or at dawn. I love this beautiful villa few walks away from the city center
Jacopo Gabrielli (14 months ago)
Beautiful villa from the 18th century on the shore of lake Como, not far from the city centre. The walk leading to the villa is one of the big selling points of this visit, as it is very well kept with a pebble pavement framing the curvy lines of the lake. The visit itself is free of charge, and bags can be left at the entrance at no extra cost. Allow 15-20 minutes to visit the building and another 10-15 for the gardens which feature a beautiful little temple, a small artificial cave and plenty of flowers.
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