Villa Melzi d’Eril in Bellagio was built between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d’Eril (1753-1816), Duke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and Gran Chancellor of the Napoleonic Reign of Italy. The Villa was Melzi’s summer residence and then became the Melzi’s residence at the end of his political career until his death. It was decorated and furnished by some of the most famous artists of the age. The Villa is a neoclassic architectural masterpiece, elegant but sober and perfectly inserted in the amazing countryside.
The wonderful gardens of the Villa stretch out along the shore of the lake. The English styled gardens was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and by the botanist Luigi Villoresi, the same of Villa Reale Park in Monza. Even Stendhal described the beauty of Villa Melzi d’Eril and of the gardens in his book “Rome, Naples, Florence” dated 1817.
Walking along the paths of the gardens, you feel transported into the past, where absolute harmony reigns and where the soul can regenerate itself, thanks to the sight of so much beauty and perfection. Over the decades, many famous personalities from the worlds of culture and politics were guests at the Villa.
The complex of the Villa and the gardens is a national monument and it’s now private property. The Villa is not open to the public. You can instead visit the gardens, the museum and the chapel every day from March to October.