Villa Monastero (historic villa)


Villa Monastero, a property of the Province of Lecco, is one of the most interesting attractions of our territory thanks to its strategic location, its history, its landscape, its environment and for the different services which it can offer.

The House Museum, the historical and noble residence, is at its core: in the year 2004 Villa Monastero was given the title of “Casa Museo” by the Lombardy Region and since then its fourteen rooms can be visited following a charming itinerary, where a vast number of objects belonging to its several owners are displayed. The 14 rooms of the house are completely furnished. All of them, from the Pool Hall to the Music Hall, from the Mornico Parlour to the Main Room, offer visitors the opportunities to go back to the past through the various styles, the precious materials and the luxurious decorations. Style and taste characterise this unique jewel that has been shining on the Lake Como for four centuries. In the 18th century, Italian and foreign prominent personalities of the cultural and artistic scene frequented the Villa, which was then inhabited.

Villa Monastero is also an international Conference Centre where, in the year 1954, the Nobel prize winner Enrico Fermi held some lessons. The Villa offers rooms and facilities to hold meetings, conferences, seminars, training activities, workshops and cultural events in an unforgettable, beautiful setting. Every year the Italian Society of Physics organizes its prestigious courses at the Villa Monastero.

The Villa is surrounded by a spectacular and fascinating botanical Garden which extends for two kilometres from Varenna to Fiumelatte; offering recreation and learning opportunities thanks to the presence of many botanical species, both indigenous and exotic. The Garden, being set up in terraces, has been structured in different patterns over the years yet maintaining a main recurring theme. The mild climate, peculiar to the lake, allows numerous botanic species from all over the world to grow. At every time of the year visitors can enjoy a true explosion of colours, shapes and perfumes.

The beauty of Villa Monastero’s background is the ideal setting for a wedding location and for photographic shootings both for fashion columns and for touristic magazines.

In the Villa you can also find an Exhibition room specifically equipped to house temporary exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, art objects. The artists have at their disposal two spacious rooms with large windows, lake view and a direct access to the Garden. It is equipped with lighting facilities and on the walls there are special devices to hang the art works.


-January: museum and garden from 1st to 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 30th from 10am till 5pm

-February: museum and garden 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th from 10am till 5 pm

-March: museum Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm. Garden every day from 0.30am to 7.30pm

-April and May: Museum from Tuesday till Sunday from 0.30am to 7.30pm. Garden every day from 9.30am to 7.30pm

-June, July and August: Museum and Garden every day from 9.30am to 8pm

-September: Museum from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Garden every day from 9.30am to 7.30pm

-October and 1st November: Museum from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Garden every day from 10am to 6pm

-December: Museum and Garden from 3rd to 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, from 26th to 31st from 10am to 5pm

RATES 2022:

€ 10.00 for adults (€ 8.00 Garden only)

€ 7.00 senior visitors over the age of 65, groups of 10 people or more, Italian Touring Club members, residents in the province of Lecco (€ 5.00 Garden only)

€ 5,00 for young people between 12 and 18 and students between 18 and 24 (€ 3.50 Garden only)

FREE for children of 11 and under, disabled visitors, ICOM members, Abbonamento Musei Lombardia Milano holders, journalists, Varenna citizens professional guides and tour leader, only together with a group.

Groups: free entrance is guaranteed for a group leader every 10 paying people


Indirizzo:Via Giovanni Polvani, 4 Varenna LC
Telefono:0341 295450


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