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Giardini di Villa Monastero

Varenna, Lecco

Family friendly
Pet Friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Food service
Botanical garden


Via Polvani, 4
23829 Varenna (LC)

Tel. +39 0341 295450
Fax +39 0341 295333

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 46.009267
Longitudine: 9.28556


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Opening time for the Garden
from Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th, Sunday 15th, Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th, from 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday 5th, Sunday 12th, Sunday 19th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, from 11 am to 5 pm
every day from 10 am to 5 pm
every day from 10 am to 6 pm
every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm
every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm
every day from 9.30 am to 6 pm
every day from 10 am to 5 pm

For the opening times, please see the Villa website


Only Gardens
Full price: € 5,00
Reduced Ticket*: € 3,00
Free for children aged 0 to 11 years, for persons with disabilities and for ICOM members

Entrance House Museum and Gardens
Full price: € 8,00
Reduced*: € 5,00
Free for children aged 0 to 11 years old, for persons with disabilities and for ICOM members

*For over 65 years, groups of more than 10 people, boys aged 12 to 18 and students aged 18 to 24 years

Access by boat:
free access to the permanence necessary to visit the House Museum and Gardens, with the approval of the Province of Lecco and the payment of the entrance fee.

How to reach
By car
From Milan take Strada Statale S.S.36 towards Lecco. Upon reaching Lecco, take the S.P.72 and then the exit junction to Abbadia Lariana/Mandello/Varenna. Villa Monastero is in Varenna on the main road. A nearby car park is also available.

By boat
Use Como Lake navigation network, stop Varenna.
For information: www.navigazionelaghi.it

By bus
Use the D21 line (Bellano - Varenna - Esino - Ortanella) of Lecco Transport
For information: www.leccotrasporti.it

By train
From Milan main station take the train to Sondrio/Tirano and get off at Varenna/Esino.

By plane
Shuttles from Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports to Milan main station are available

Access by boat
free access to the permanence necessary to visit the House Museum and Gardens, with the approval of the Province of Lecco and the payment of the entrance fee.

By electric boats
It is possible to rent electric boats at affordable rates and without boat license at Econoleggio Comolake at Colico.
For information and reservation: phone +39 347 0704434 - email: info@econoleggiocomolake.it
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.

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.

In the Villa Monastero it is possible to develop different learning activities like educational itineraries, laboratories and recreational activities for school children and families, both in the Garden and in the House Museum.

The Villa is surrounded by a spectacular and fascinating botanical Garden which extends for two kilometres from Varenna to Fiumelatte; it is visited yearly by about 64.000 people and offers recreation and learning opportunities thanks to the presence of many botanical species, both indigenous and exotic, that now amount to more than 900 and making it possible to achieve regional recognition of the Botanical Gardens.

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. More species are added every year. In 2013, over 1.000 new species were planted. At every time of the year visitors can enjoy a true explosion of colours, shapes and perfumes.

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