Giardino del Merlo is a botanical park located in the town of Musso, in the north Lake Como area.
It was built at the foot of a castle, now in ruins, linked to the name of Gian Giacomo Medici di Marignano, called “il Meneghino”, who conquered it in 1522 and for ten years made it his headquarters.
From the garden you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Como and its mountains.
Giardino del Merlo was built in the mid-1800s by Giovanni Manzi, inspired by the gardens of Liguria’s Riviera, developed on steep terrain. Thanks to the land conformation, with one side facing south and one north, Manzi created a visionary place where contrasts dominate, from the luxuriant and Mediterranean nature to the typical varieties of the Alpine environment, in a succession of walkways, bridges, caves , small gorges and waterfalls. To see alsp the beautiful church of Sant’Eufemia.
Severely damaged by time, the garden has been restored and is open to the public. Access is free.