Villa Olmo, Como
Located along the South West shores of Lake Como is this lovely palace facing the lake. It has beautiful gardens and well manicured lawns. This place is one of the tourist destination in this commune city and is so popular. We went here on the 31st of October 2013 after taking a train from Milan where we got picked up by a friend in a nearby train station, he drove us here. French leader Napoleon Bonaparte made this his headquarters for a short period of time when he invaded Italy.
Just outside the premise is a monument dedicated to the Italian soldiers who fought in war. Also next to it is a beautiful restaurant called "Ristorante Villa Olmo" that serves great pastas, pizzas desserts and many more.
"The neoclassical inspiration of Simone Cantoni fully manifests itself in the design of the villa's facade; a central body with five wide entrances in the median zone, above which rise six Ionic style columns. The roof of the villa is surronded by a balustrade interrupted by a large coat of arms of the Visconti di Modrone dukes. Especially striking is the great number of windows which give light to every room and which provide views of the lake and the garden of incomparable natural beaty. "
Favorite thing: I wonder what was the tree villa was named after like, if it was as beautiful and impressive as this one behind the villa, in its back yard. I also wonder how this tree looks like under the snow cover in winter, if it ever snows in Como!!! Very rarely I hear... The tree and the grass are always green, no matter the season!
Favorite thing: Passing through two arches, you arrive to the back yard of the villa, which is nothing special, except for the impressive tree and a small neoclassical temple. It's a popular area for dogs as there is a big grass meadow.
Favorite thing: The villa is situated in the middle of a wonderful garden, that exteds on both sides. The front part is nicely decorated and overlooks the lake. Its central area is full of statues of pagan deities and a nice fountain, which is frozen in winter if it's too cold, which gives even more interesting seal to the place.
Favorite thing: As mentioned already, villa Olmo's frontal park contains some statues of pagan deities, usually Roman warriors, like this one very close to the lakeside entrance.