Como Lake has always been known as one of the most splendid vacation locales in Italy. In the last centuries, noble and well educated Italians and Europeans spent their summer holidays in the sumptuous villas overlooking the lake. This time, we’re going to visit three of them.

The beautiful Villa Sucota in Cernobbio has been the headquarters of the fascinating Antonio Ratti Foundation since the spring of 2010. The site also houses the Ratti Textile Museum which has over 400,000 pieces ranging from Coptic and Pre-Columbian to Renaissance velvets, eighteenth century silks and cashmire shawls, as well as about 2500 sample books for clothing and tie fabrics of the 19th and 20th centuries. Of special note is the park characterized by intriguing elements, such as the belvedere, the little chapel still in use near the villa, the music pavillion, and greenhouses.

Built in the seventeenth century on an outcropping of rock dominating a 90 meter tall cascade, the Bagatti Valsecchi Villa overlooks the Sanagra river rushing over various falls. Though in reality at about 400 meters above sea level, the moving scene seems to be a mountain vision, thanks to the thick forest of fir trees planted in the nineteenth century by the Galbiati family, ancestors of the Bagatti Valsecchi and the villa’s previous owners. The Galbiati also erected a tower from the top of which it is possible to have a splendid view of the center of Lake Como.

In 1829, Mylius acquired the Villa Vigoni situated high above Menaggio. He enlarged and embellished the villa throughout the years in order to host his rich collection of paintings, statues and precious furnishings. Cared for carefully by his descendants, the house — now a historic house museum — has come down to us, intact. A vast English-style garden designed and realized by Giuseppe Balzaretto surrounds the villa, and offers a natural frame of rare beauty. The villa and the park are part of an association active in the field of cultural relations between Italy and Germany.

It is necessary to confirm participation by paying the fee by the 10th of September

Tour of three villas at Lake Como – Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 (in Italian)

Departure place and time: bus, streetside at the Mario Pagano subway station, 7:45 A.M.
Return place and time: bus, streetside, Mario Pagano subway station, 7:30 P.M., approximately
Fee: €110.00 (includes: tickets, bus trips, lunch)

In case of bad weather, the program could undergo modifications.

For information:
02 7600 6132
amici@museobagattivalsecchi.org

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