A gorgeous villa in gorgeous Lake Como, Italy

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While visiting Lake Como, I got to see a few magical villas. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in one. My favorite was Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. It is currently a tourist attraction and it’s no wonder why! (Interesting tidbit: It also happens to be where a scene from Star Wars was filmed.) It felt like I had a little taste of paradise while walking around the garden. I took so many photos, I had such a hard time picking which ones to show you (part of the reason it took a while to get around to posting these… sorry!). Even on the boat ride going around, I took so many snaps. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves from here!
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This building was actually in Lenno, before reaching the villa.
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My brother and I enjoying the spectacular view.
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  • http://www.iwillbloom.wordpress.com Helen

    Incredibly beautiful. Love the crazy branches climbing the walls! *Sigh* Really missing Italy :(

  • Eva

    Helen – It was! I miss it already, too, haha! Are you originally from Italy?

  • http://laloofah.blogspot.com Laloofah

    Well, I can sure see why it would have been nearly impossible to leave out any photos of this beautiful place! I’m grateful you had a hard time, because I love the generous number that you felt compelled to share! :-) What a magical place – and a beautiful day in which to enjoy it. Choosing a favorite – or even half a dozen favorites – is impossible. Love all the ones with you in them, looking lovely as ever (and blending in so well with your green dress and fun stockings!) And that scenery, those gardens, wow – impossible to imagine anyone actually being fortunate enough to live in such a place! (Whomever they were, they sure were tall – look at that doorway! LOL) Thank you for sharing these glimpses of paradise – I hope you’ll get to return there many times, as I’m sure I’ll be returning to this blog post! (Mind if I pin a few to my “Places to Go, Things to See” Pinterest board?)

  • Eva

    Laloofah – Thank you!! You can pin as many as you’d like :) Thanks for asking! I hadn’t even thought of the height of the doorways, haha! Apparently a cardinal once lived there (his grave is in a small building on the side). I’m glad you enjoyed my photos so much.. there’s still more to come, hah!

  • http://laloofah.blogspot.com Laloofah

    Thanks, Eva, I pinned five of my favorites to my travel board!

    After I viewed this post I showed it to BW, and then I looked up Villa del Balbianello and read about its history. I was surprised it’s not much older, and can’t imagine ever letting such a place fall into disrepair (though I also can’t imagine the cost of upkeep on such a place!) So glad it’s maintained and shared now, it’s sure gorgeous!

    I meant to say that the plants in the 7th photo (the one with the chapel’s bell tower in the background) remind me of some of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures! Like this one from this blog post! :-)

    Keeping my fingers crossed that my links will work, and looking forward to more of your Lake Como photos!

  • http://www.greenderella.com Greenderella

    Wow, that place is stunning! Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures Eva! That door with the green branches really is a highlight. I’ll keep that in mind to make my future “villa” fancy, haha!

  • Eva

    Laloofah – Thank YOU! Love your whole travel board and am honored that you’d want my photos among the others :) That glass sculpture garden is incredible! Would love to visit there, too! How’d you know I was going to show even more photos? :P haha

    Greenderella – Visiting beautiful places like this is inspiration for a future home of mine, too! :) And you’re very welcome, thank you for your comment :)

  • http://www.fleurishing.com susan // fleurishing

    So beautiful! I hope to get there someday. Your face looks blissful in every shot…understandable. ;)

  • http://www.theunlikelyhousewife.com Elisa

    Wow, Eva, such beautiful photos! I love the whole area of the lakes in Northern Italy. Lake Como was beautiful, I cannot wait to go back and explore more!

  • http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com Chelsea

    Wow- what an amazing trip! I would love to go there someday, it’s definitely in my bucket list. It all looks so beautiful!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

  • http://www.daleka-droga.blogspot.com Ola

    Breathtaking views! I guess some people are lucky to have such views all year round from their windows:)
    Beatiful shots!