Villa Balbiano

“If I had a little more time … or, just a moment, I have all the time I want: I have a time machine!”
Back to the future

Features

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INDOOR CAPACITY: 150

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OUTDOOR CAPACITY: 550

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CEREMONY PERMITTED

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BRIDE'S ROOM AVAILABLE

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PRIVATE PIER

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PARKING

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OTHERS

To those who, like me, often daydream about travelling through time, I recommend spending a few days in the enchantment of Villa Balbiano.
I only need to enter the immense park strewn with statues, fountains and gravel paths, to find myself transported to the end of the 18th century, when Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini became the owner of the villa and transformed it into a place of encounters and cultural exchanges among the intellectuals of the time.
I slowly approach the impressive residence and, while admiring the plain and sober façade, I fancy myself dressed up as a dame of Versailles in rich bouffant clothes.
Inside, I wander around in the large rooms, at first incredulous, in front of the spectacular Baroque frescoes and the richness of the original 18th century furnishings. Enchanted I admire busts and portraits of characters from bygone ages, being moved when I even come across an original painting by Tintoretto.
I visit the suites with sumptuous beds, I stroke the precious fabrics of the armchairs; I see my image reflected in the golden mirrors; almost enchanted I admire the crystal drops of the precious chandeliers and totally forget about the world outside.
This is my way of “travelling through time” and experiencing an age rich in splendour and cultural ferment, when literature, art and politics were discussed in the salons, while in the background the music accompanied words and thoughts.

Ground floor:

  • Main entrance
  • Large Lobby
  • Winter garden with lake view with direct access to the garden
  • Living room n. 1 following through to the indoor swimming pool
  • Living room n. 2 with flat tv and fireplace with direct access to the garden
  • Living room n. 3 with direct access to the garden
  • Library
  • Indoor heated pool with direct access to the garden
  • Small chapel
  • Dining room for 12 guests seated with direct access to the garden
  • Guest bathroom
  • Storage room
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Pantry
  • Bathroom near kitchen
  • Small gym
  • Lift up to second floor

First Floor:

  • Gallery with lake view
  • Suite n. 1: Master suite consists of living room with TV, bedroom with super king bed, dressing room,bathroom with bathtub, big terrace with a lake view
  • Suite n. 2: Chinoiserie Suite consists of bedroom with super king bed with flat tv, walk-in wardrobe,bathroom with shower and vanity table, garden view
  • Large hall with concert Steinway grand piano and fireplace
  • Kitchenette with coffee machine, kettle, fridge

Second Floor:

  • Suite n. 3: Double bedroom en suite with shower and tub, wardrobe, flat screen tv, lake view
  • Suite n. 4: Double bedroom en suite with shower and tub, flat screen tv, garden view
  • Room n. 5: Double bedroom en suite with shower, flat screen tv, wardrobe, garden view
  • Suite n. 6: Double bedroom en suite with shower and tub, flat screen tv, garden view
  • Kitchenette with coffee machine, kettle, fridge

Please note: all beds in the main villa are super king size 2×2 mt

Wing first floor:

  • Suite n. 7: Two double bedrooms with flat screen tv, sharing a bathroom with shower with direct and independent access to the garden
  • Suite n. 8: Two double bedrooms with flat screen tv, sharing a bathroom with shower with direct and independent access to the garden
  • Kitchenette with coffee machine, kettle, fridge
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Please note: all beds in the wing are king size 1,80 x 2 mt

Outdoor:

  • 2 boathouses
  • 3 guest bathrooms
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Rose Garden
  • Aromatic garden
  • Fountains
  • Parking area
  • Private pier
  • Al fresco dining area
  • Villino (Annex at extra price – brochure and info to be requested)
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe in all bedrooms
  • Security System
  • Fireplace
  • Wine cellar
  • Private parking area
  • Flat screen tv in all bedrooms
  • Satellite tv
  • Alfresco dining
  • Bbq

Situated between Il Dosso di Lavedo and the Comacine Island, Villa Balbiano is one of the grandest and oldest properties in the region of Lake Como.
The origins of Villa Balbiano can be traced back to mid 16th century and are strongly linked to the noble Giovio family who used it as their residence. At the end of the 16th century, the villa was sold to Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who redesigned the original palazzo after the drawings of Pellegrino Tibaldi.
It is a monument that has only gained splendor over time, as it passed from owner to owner. The construction of new building elements, the painting of magnificent frescoes, and the cultivation of an increasingly extensive and extraordinary garden have all helped make it a vital part of the history of Lake Como, a region of exemplary natural, intellectual, and artistic heritage.
Villa Balbiano reached a new height of glory at the end of the 18th century, when Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, politician and patron of the arts, acquired the Villa and transformed it into a marvellous workshop of ideas and art.
The villa has been beautifully restored, preserving the elegance and the architecture of the Baroque era. The restoration project was entrusted to the French interior designer Jacques Garcia by a new owner.
In Villa Balbiano, Jacques Garcia renovated almost 6,500-square-feet living space on three floors, including a grand hall with Baroque frescoes, a piano hall with a Steinway concert grand, an indoor pool with a vaulted ceiling, and a formal dining room.

Services included

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General cleaning

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Utilities

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Entrance security guard

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Villa Manager

Distances

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MILANO-MALPENSA Air (MPX) - 75 KM

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Bergamo Airport (BYG) - 114 Km

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On the lake

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Como - 27,5 Km

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Cernobbio - 21 Km

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Lugano (CH) - 36 Km

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St. Moritz (CH) - 107 Km

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Indoor

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Wing

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