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Villa Melzi is in the beautiful scenery of Lake Como and precisely it is located in the city of Bellagio. Thanks to its terraces, floral species and landscape it represents one of the most beautiful villas to visit.
Villa Melzi d’Eril between History and Culture
Designed by the architect Giocondo Albertonelli and commissioned by Duke Francesco Melzi d’Eril, it shows inside some neoclassic decoration mainly due to the influence of its architect, although also painters like Andrea Appiani, Giuseppe Bossi, Alessandro Sanquirico and sculptors such as Antonio Canova, Giambattista Comolli and Pompeo Marchesi had a leading role in embellishing the villa.
In addition to the splendid house there is a chapel, an orangery, and a beautiful English garden dotted with statues, monuments and relics designed by Luigi Canonica and Luigi Villoresi.
The Moorish kiosk, used in the past to have tea and to listen to music, keeps inside the busts of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria and Empress Marianne di Savoia, the Duke Ludovico Melzi and his wife Josephine Melzi Barbò; in shades of white and blue, it has a wonderful view not only on the Lake but also on the monument to Dante and Beatrice.
The Majesty of Villa Melzi d’Eril’s gardens
Inside the gardens full of azaleas and rhododendrons, rare and exotic plants, hedges of Camellia you can stroll comfortably along the paths flanked by rows of plane trees that offer moments of coolness; there are numerous views in these walks but, for those who want to enjoy the Lake from a panoramic view, there is a clearing with a tub of water lilies and various sculptures and statues of Apollo and Meleagro.
Between plants and exotic species, a fine setting is offered by some bamboo and a rock garden with plants and flowers that are renewed every year; thanks to the blend of their colours, they create a scenic effect.
Those who visit villa Melzi d’Eril must also see the Chapel, the greenhouse and the former orangerie, now converted into a museum with relics of the Napoleonic period, archaeological artefacts and Renaissance frescoes.