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Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta - ReGiS

Lainate, Milan

Giardino storico
Botanical Treasure Hunt Grandi Giardini Italiani
Partially wheelchair accessible
Pet not allowed

Grandi Giardini Italiani Botanical Treasure Hunt

On Monday 10 April the special appointment with the wonderful world of gardens by Grandi Giardini Italiani returns.

The Grandi Giardini Italiani Botanical Treasure Hunt is the event dedicated to children to bring them closer in a playful and joyful way to the immense botanical, artistic and cultural heritage preserved in the gardens of the circuit. After the digital paranthesis of the past two editions, the Caccia al Tesoro Botanico returns with a renewed format.

In the participating gardens of the circuit, participants will receive a treasure map that will guide budding botanists and their families to discover the secrets of the chosen garden. A fantastic adventure among enigmas and riddles ranging from botanical and artistic curiosities to the coveted treasure.

How to reach

By car
From Motorway A8 Varese / Como / Chiasso to Switzerland take the exit Lainate. The Villa is 3 km far away the exit of the motorway.


Count Pirro I Visconti Borromeo conceived the building of Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta in the style of a Tuscan villa on the outskirts of Milan around 1585 when he decided to introduce leisure into his agricultural estate in Lainate. An unusual Milanese patron of the arts, he called upon all the best artists working in Lombardy, including the architect Martino Bassi, the sculptors Francesco Brambilla the Younger and Marco Antonio Prestinari, the painters Camillo Procaccini and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli known as il Morazzone. He also commissioned the garden and nymphaeum, known as the ''Water Palace''.

After passing through the hands of various owners, from the Litta family to the Weill Weiss, the villa was bought by the Lainate Municipality in 1970, which began to bring it back to life. Today visitors can admire the palace halls frescoed by Giuseppe Levati in the eighteenth century as well as the Festivities Hall and the painted ceilings from the sixteenth century. The spectacle continues outside in the Italian style gardens with the eighteenth century fountain dedicated to Galathea and Neptune and the park with 820 trees of 56 different species. The nymphaeum comes as a surprise, considered to be the most important example in northern Italy for richness of decoration and water games. It was constructed between 1585 and 1589, completely covered in white, black or tempera painted pebbles, unique in the history of mosaic work. Some areas hide recently restored water tricks: to take a stroll here can involve being struck by the enchantment of a statue of Venus, mythological figures in mosaic or an unexpected water jet managed by clever ''fountain attendants''.
Opening hours
The park can be visited every day from 8:30AM to 7PM
The guided tour season at the Nymphaeum with water features will reopen in May 2023

For Nymphaeum and Palaces opening times check the website

Great Italian Gardens Botanical Treasure Hunt, 10 April 2023
Adults: 10.00
Concessions: 8.00
Family Ticket: 28.00

Palaces: 4.00
Contact us
Largo Vittorio Veneto, 12
20020 Lainate (MI)

T. +39 02 9374282
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