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The stately and unmistakable Villa Balbianello occupies the end of the Lovedo peninsula at Lenno. Like other villas, it has been the property of many owners but its most well known name is derived from old owners, the Balbiano's. It is also known, though to a lesser extent, as "Villa Arconati" which is the name of another owner.
The building which dates to about 1787, sits on a rocky outcrop on the lake, and is distinguishable by the gnarly trees -- they were bare when the accompanying photo was taken which I thought made it even more memorable. The twin bell towers attached to the little church and convent also make this villa very distinquishable I think. Inside the villa there is a collection of vintage prints, furnishings, tapestries and objects collected by the last individual owner, Count Guido Monzino, who collected voraciously during his explorations and travel. who bequeathed the property to the Italian National Trust in 1988.
There is some conflicting information as to whether the interior of the villa is open to tours. However, the gardens are open for tours from mid-March to the end of October. It is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays but please call for more exact information and details.
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