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Villa Monastero

Varenna, Lecco

Family friendly
Pet Friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Food service
Botanical garden

Contact us

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 times

February: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th from 10.30am to 4.30pm
March: on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 5pm
April: on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 6.30pm
May: on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am to 7.30pm
June and July: from Tuesday to Sunday and on holidays, from 10am to 7.30pm
August: every day from 10am to 7.30pm
September: from Tuesday to Sunday and on holidays, from 10am to 6.30pm
October and until 3rd November: on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am to 6pm
November: 10th, 17th, 24th, from 10.30am to 4.30pm
December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st from 10.30am to 4.30pm
January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12nd, 19th, 26th from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

For the opening times, please see the {[[http://www.villamonastero.eu/index.php/en/opening-rates| Villa website]]}


Only Gardens
Full price: € 6,00
Reduced Ticket*: € 4,00
Kids (0-11 years): free

Entrance House Museum and Gardens
Full price: € 9,00
Concessions: € 6,00
Kids (0-11 years): free

Cumulative tickets with Villa Cipressi Botanical Gardens
Adults: € 14,00
Concessions: € 9,00

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 80.000 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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