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Villa Pizzo

Cernobbio, Como

Dog Friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Historic garden
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Via Regina, 46
22012 Cernobbio (CO)

Mob. +39 333 2795031
F. +39 02 8057908

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 45.84602
Longitudine: 9.086119


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€ 13.00 per person, including Italian guided tour (min. 8 people; extra for foreign language guided tour € 183)

How to reach
By car
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 entrance on your right.

By train
Como San Giovanni is a major railway station, connecting Northern and Southern European rail lines. There are hourly connections to Milan train station.

By plane
Distance from Milan Linate Airport: 83 km
Distance from Milan Malpensa Airport: 67 km
Distance from Lugano Agno Airport: 34 km
Villa ''Il Pizzo'' overlooks Lake Como set into a long series of terraces, seemingly carved out of the mountain. Situated on a promontory called ''Pizzo'', which in Como dialect means ‘point' or ‘spit', the site was bought in 1435 by Giovanni Mugiasca, a rich merchant from Como.
The Mugiasca family built their country house here which only became a refined residence in 1569. In 1630 they fled here to escape the dreaded Manzonian Plague, offering hospitality to several friends in exchange for manual work which involved digging, levelling and terracing the land. Thus the present structure of the garden was created, later to be enlarged at the end of the 18th century by Bishop Giambattista Mugiasca.

In the 19th century important improvements were undertaken by the architect Simone Cantoni and subsequently, on the extinction of the Mugiasca family, the complex passed to Arch-Duke Ranieri of Hapsburg, Viceroy of Lombardy-Veneto, who gave free rein to his passion for botany, summoning the famous gardener Villoresi from Monza Royal Palace. In 1865 the ''Pizzo'' passed to a French noblewoman Madame Musard, who dedicated herself to em- bellishing the Villa and Garden, subsequently leaving it to the Volpi- Bassani family, whose descendants are the present owners.
The long, renowned Cypress Avenue distinguishes the Villa, even from the lake. Towards Moltrasio the garden increasingly conforms to the English romantic style, more luxuriant, with tall trees interlaced with a system of small paths bordered by a water grotto, pools, streams and the ''Fountain of Alessandro Volta'', often a guest of the Mugiasca family in Villa Pizzo.

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