Via Regina, 24
22012 Cernobbio (CO)
tel. +39 031 3481
fax. +39 031 348 844
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From 8 March to 14 November, 2018
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How to reach
Highway A9 Como-Chiasso and exit Como Lake (the last exit before the Swiss border). After exit, follow the directions to Cernobbio. Then drive through it until you find the Villa d'Este entrance on your right.
Como San Giovanni is a major railway station, connecting Northern and Southern European rail lines. There are hourly connections to Milan train station.
Distance from Milan Linate Airport: 83 km
Distance from Milan Malpensa Airport: 67 km
Distance from Lugano Agno Airport: 34 km
The Villa was built in 1568 by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio from a design by Pellegrino Ribaldi, known as the pilgrim. At the end of the eighteenth century the villa was bought by marquess Bartolomeo Calderara for his wife, Vittoria Peluso, who restored the building and modified the design of the gardens.
In 1815 the property was taken over by Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales and repudiated wife to future George IV of England who gave the estate its current name.
The Villa changed hands many times: becoming a hotel for the first time in 1856; for two years from 1868 tzarina Maria Fedorowna lived in the splendid residence, in awe of the surrounding countryside; finally in 1873 the Villa was reopened as a luxurious Hotel, today one of the most famous in world.
The famous mosaic of polychrome stones with Nymphaeum is one of the garden's most ancient features and a fine example of roman baroque: this forms the entrance and the beginning of the double stream that leads to the statue of Hercules and Lica.
As for the botanical aspect the sections of the lower garden are compose of vast lawns bounded by box plants sculpted into spheres and cubes whilst on the right towards the old hydrotherapy building, Norway spruces, magnolias, cypresses and a large sycamore prosper.
The area surrounding the nymphaeum is characterised by box plants, rosebushes, pittosporum and shiny ivy. The famous avenue that accompanies the stream, once surrounded by Cupressus sempervirens, is now flanked with laurels, magnolias and cypresses. A significant change in the gardens dates back to 2004 when the ''Garden Chef'' was opened the ''Garden Chef'', inspired by the old ''Jardin Potager''. Located on the scenic ascent between the Avenue of Hercules and the Temple of Telemachus, the botanical garden is the kingdom of the chef, who chooses everyday herbs and vegetables for its delicious recipes. Guests of the Hotel participating to its cooking classes have the privilege to accompany him.
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