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c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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Villa Monastero

Varenna, Lecco

Giardino botanico
Coffee house & Restaurant
Family friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Pet Friendly
In the Name of the Rose

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:

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

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:


Villa Monastero belongs to Lecco Province and is one of the main attractions in the area for its strategic historic-landscape-environment position and for the various services it offers; the central nucleus is a House-Museum, recognised as a museum in 2004 by the Lombardy Region, and completely accessible to the public with an exhibition itinerary running through fourteen fully furnished rooms, with original furniture and decorations.
There is also a world-famous Congress Centre in this historic home near Lake Como, renowned for the physics lessons held in 1954 by the Nobel prize-winner Enrico Fermi. The Italian Physics Society still organises courses in Villa Monastero every year, and along the years more than 60 Nobel Prize Winners partecipated as lecturers or directors. The Villa offers numerous possibilities to companies, universities, firms, associations and research centres to hold conferences, seminars, training courses, workshops and other cultural manifestations in an extremely attractive location.
The name of this marvellous villa derives from its monastic origins as a convent dating back to the 12th century. It can be admired today in its present aspect of a late nineteenth century eclectic home, surrounded by a Botanic Garden extending for almost two kilometres along the lake front from Varenna to Fiumelatte.
The garden attracts about 100.000 visitors every year, offering leisure or learning opportunities due to the presence of numerous rare species of indigenous and exotic trees which now remarkably number more than 900 specimens, earning it the regional recognition of Botanical Garden. The particularly mild climate typical of the lake allows botanical rarities from all over the world to live together in this garden. The context of Villa Monastero also offers the possibility of developing and deepening educational and recreational activities for school outings or families. The beauty and exclusiveness of the site mean that Villa Monastero is also suitable as a photographic set for prestigious Italian or foreign fashion or travel magazines. This magical setting is also the perfect place for celebrating weddings, with its Botanical Garden, rich in plants, flowers and poetic views, and the marvellous rooms of the House-Museum.
Opening hours
Season 2023
The botanical garden and the House Museum are open all year round in different ways.

  • April and May
    House Museum: Tuesday to Sunday, and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Botanical Garden: daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • June, July and August
    House Museum and Botanical Garden: daily from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • September
    House Museum: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Botanical Garden: daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Closed 21-22-23 September
  • 1 October - 1 November
    House Museum: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Botanical Garden: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • November
    House Museum and Botanic Garden: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • December
    House Museum and Botanical Garden: 2 to 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 26 to 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Extraordinary closure on 23 and 24 May 2023.
Botanical Garden
Full price: € 10.00
Reduced price*: € 7.00
Children (15-25 years): € 5.00
Under 14: free

Botanical Garden + House Museum
Full price: € 13.00
Reduced price ticket*: € 9.00
Children (15-25 years): € 7.00
Under 14: free

Combined ticket with Villa Cipressi Garden
(only available on Villa Cipressi opening days)
Full price: € 22.00
Reduced price ticket*: € 15.00
Children (15-25 years): € 11.00
Under 14: free

*Over 65, Groups (min. 20 pax), Italian Touring Club/FAI/ICOM members
Contact us
Via Polvani, 4
23829 Varenna (LC)

T. +39 0341 295450
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