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Villa Olmo, Como

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Built in 1797 as a summer retreat for the aristocracy, and named for an elm that once stood at the heart of the gardens, Villa Olmo is now property of the municipality of Como. Neoclassical in style, the villa is only open during exhibitions, though the lakeside gardens are open to the public at all times. Enjoy a drink at the open-air bar in the garden, or relax on the lawns. Check online to see the schedule of events and exhibits. Only about 2 km (1.3 mi) from the heart of Como, it is an easy walk along the lake to get to the villa. Plan to visit Villa Olmo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Como attractions using our Como trip itinerary builder app.
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  • We passed through on a few days running and, like the locals, pitched up with a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade 
    We passed through on a few days running and, like the locals, pitched up with a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade  more »
  • We saw this Villa from our boat ride on Lake Como. It was a light yellow color and the perfect example of Italian classical style. We decided to walk to it from our apartment on Viale Fratelli... 
    We saw this Villa from our boat ride on Lake Como. It was a light yellow color and the perfect example of Italian classical style. We decided to walk to it from our apartment on Viale Fratelli...  more »
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  • I love love love this place. It is beautiful inside and outside. Especially the little theatre they have. So intimate and exquisite. They have a beautiful green area for picnic, tanning and hangout. I come here every day while in Como Lake.
  • Beautiful neoclassical villa (construction started in 1797) with a nice garden and statues. Its name comes from an old Elm tree (Olmo in Italian) that was in the area of the building. Today the Villa belongs to the city of Colo and hosts expositions. The area in front of the Villa has a little shore where the swans rest. Beautiful to see. You can park your car just outside the villa and start your walk along the lake until city center. It’s a 25 minute enjoyable walk.

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