For a splendid view of Lake Como
A neoclassical residence of imposing beauty, Villa Olmo in Como is one of the city's most iconic spots and meeting place for Como residents in search of relaxation. The work of architect Simone Cantoni, commissioned by the family of the Marquis Odescalchi di Fino Mornasco in the 18th century, Villa Olmo is now owned by the municipality and a prestigious venue for exhibitions, events and conferences.
Surrounded by a large Italian-style garden with manicured flower beds and a large fountain, Villa Olmo stands at the northwestern end of the city of Como, at the end of the Lino Gelpi promenade running along the lake, connecting the city's most prominent patrician buildings. Its interior is rich in paintings, statues and decorations like the extraordinary frescoes by Andrea Appiani and Domenico Pozzi. There is a theatre with perfect acoustics and a view that will steal your heart. Lakefront, it embraces the entire first basin, on one side the city skyline, on the other the area’s characteristic dense vegetation.
At the back of the villa is a beautiful English garden with a neoclassical temple.
Leaving Como behind, walking along the lake from Villa Olmo, you reach Cernobbio, a delightful little village that is home to some of the most beautiful villas, first and foremost Villa d'Este.