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Giardino di Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky

Erba, Como

Vegetable garden
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Openings

From May to November only by booking

Prices

Adults: € 5,00
Concessions: € 3,00

How to reach
By car
It is about 12 Km from the city of Como along the SP342

By train
Use the railway Trenitalia or Le Nord for connections from Switzerland or from Milan to Como. Continue bus
For information: www.fsitaliane.it

By bus
From the square of Como station there are buses of the line connecting the city to the Garden
For information: www.asfautolinee.it
History
Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky is in the mediaeval hamlet of Parravicino, in the hills above Erba, on the boundary with Albavilla. It is an aristocratic country house, in which elegance and refined taste allow space for rural practicality. The driveway leads to what was once a typical Lombard patrician courtyard. Count Emiliano Parravicini, grandfather of the present owner, dismantled it at the end of the 19th century to create a garden in the English style, with a lawn, soft contours, conifers and deciduous forest trees. The columns of the portico were moved into the rustic courtyard, where they still support an ivory-coloured banksiae rose. A small portion of the cobbles of the patrician courtyard was discovered at the beginning of the 1980s and is visible under a wisteria-clad canopy. The elegant façade rises alongside with a double stairway, faced by an ancient magnolia. The entrance to the large 16th century cellar, tastefully renovated to house diverse events, is to the left of the stairs. The central body of the Villa and the interior of the building also date back to the late 16th century, testified by the magnificent hall decorated with renaissance frescoes and a monumental fireplace in molera stone crowned by the Parravicini, Visconti and Belgioioso coats of arms.

Venturing out onto the lawn, in the shade of a majestic Himalayan Cedar, skirting the horse paddock, one reaches the bird-hunting snare and the wash-house, which mark the boundary with the farm, still used for the cultivation of maize, vegetables and fruit. A cork tree (Quercus Suber) grows on the slope beyond the paddock. It has been included in the census of monumental trees in Lombardy due to its dimensions, shape and rarity. Two Olea fragrans and a piece of the mediaeval cobbled road can be admired in the rustic courtyard, reached by skirting a bamboo thicket and several age-old rural buildings.

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