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Villa Monastero

The events of Villa Monastero took place over a long period of time. What is now a late 18th century dwelling is actually the result of several interventions made in over nine centuries.

The Villa was initially a Cistercian nunnery dedicated to the Holy Virgin, that had veen built at the end of the 12th century in connection with the nunnery in nearby Lenno.

In the mid 16th century, the Mornico family bought the property that remained in thei ownership for over three centuries and was known as “Villa Leliana”.

The Villa was then sold to other Italian and foreign purchasers until 1939, when it was donated and became a regional property and a museum.

Today Villa Monastero is also a House Museum where a vast number of objects belonging to its several owners are displayed. 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.

The 14 rooms of  the house are completely furnished. All of them, from the Pool Hall to the Music Hall, from Mornico Parlour to the Main Room, offer to the visitors the opportunity to go back to the past through the various styles, the precious materials and the luxurious decorations.

Villa Monastero is surrounded by a botanical Garden with several rare species.

The Garden, being set up in terraces, has been structured in different patterns over the years yet maintaining a main recurring theme.

The mid climate, peculiar to the lake, allows numerous botanic species from all over the world to grow.

More species are added every year.

Opening times

Botanical Garden

FEBRUARY
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
MARCH
every day from 10.00 am to 5.00pm
APRIL
every day from 10.00 am to 6.30pm
MAY-JUNE-JULY-AUGUST
every day from 10.00 am to 7.30pm
SEPTEMBER
every day from 10.00 am to 6.30pm
OCTOBER UNTIL 3rd NOVEMBER
every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
NOVEMBER
10th, 17th, 24th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
DECEMBER
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st from 10.30am to 4.30pm
JANUARY 2020
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12nd, 19th, 26th from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Tickets for the garden:

€ 6.00 for adults
€ 4.00 senior visitors over the age of 65, groups of 10 people or more, Italian Touring Club members, young people between 12 and 18 and students between 18 and 24
FREE for children of 11 and under, disabled visitors, ICOM members, Abbonamento Musei Lombardia Milano holders and Varenna citizens

House Museum

FEBRUARY
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
MARCH
on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and festive days from 10am to 5.00pm
APRIL
on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and festive days from 10.00 am to 6.30pm
MAY
on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and festive days from 10.00 am to 7.30pm
JUNE AND JULY
from Tuesday to Sunday and on festive days from 10.00 am to 7.30pm
AUGUST
every day from 10.00 am to 7.30pm
SEPTEMBER
from Tuesday to Sunday and on festive days from 10.00 am to 6.30pm
OCTOBER AND UNTIL 3RD NOVEMBER
on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and festive days from 10am to 6pm
NOVEMBER
10th, 17th, 24th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
DECEMBER
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st from 10.30am to 4.30pm
JANUARY 2020
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12nd, 19th, 26th from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Tickets for the garden

Tickets for the garden and the house museum:
€ 9.00 for adults
€ 6.00 senior visitors over the age of 65, groups of 10 people or more, Italian Touring Club members, young people between 12 and 18 and students between 18 and 24
FREE for children of 11 and under, disabled visitors, ICOM members, Abbonamento Musei Lombardia Milano holders and Varenna citizens.

TICKETS VALID TO DISCOVER VILLA MONASTERO AND VILLA CIPRESSI

TICKETS FOR VILLA MONASTERO GARDENS AND VILLA CIPRESSI GARDENS:
€ 11.00 for adults
€ 7.00 senior visitors over the age of 65, groups of 10 people or more, Italian Touring Club members, young people between 12 and 18 and students between 18 and 24

TICKETS FOR VILLA MONASTERO GARDENS&MUSEUM AND VILLA CIPRESSI GARDENS:
€ 14.00 for adults
€ 9.00 senior visitors over the age of 65, groups of 10 people or more, Italian Touring Club members, young people between 12 and 18 and students between 18 and 24

Copyright cover photo: Giuseppe Giudici

Contacts

Secretariat
T +39 0341 295450
villa.monastero@provincia.lecco.it
W www.villamonastero.eu
Fb www.facebook.com/villamonasterolc

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Portale unico del Turismo
Comune di Varenna

Assessorato al Turismo

T/F +39 0341 830367

infoturismo@comune.varenna.lc.it
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