Como, Italy: Viewing Villas and Gazing in Gardens

This post is really a continuation from “Strolling the Streets”, but while Kirk and I enjoy the beauty of Como, we see things differently.  So, I grabbed the camera for a change!  As we stroll along the waterfront heading towards Villa Olmo, I wanted to try to share what I see. These are what Kirk calls “foo foo shots” as he prefers to take pictures with people in them…hence the 4.5 million pictures of me daily. LOL

Our friend, Leenee, encouraged  us to come in the late spring or early dummer when the gardens were in bloom, but the colors of fall are gorgeous contrasting against the pastel and stone villas. We pass some villas that are behind gates, but fully visable and other that are vailed with vines and hedges. I poke my camera through to get a shot.  Many of the villas have boat garages with gated entries leading in from the lake.  Water levels are down and most are not being used currently. Some beautiful mallards use them as their private pool, while the swans flant their regal splendor on the shores of the lake.

Villa Olmo is the most famous and magnificent among the stately homes you can find in the territory of Como. It is an imposing neoclassical building, designed by the architect Simone Cantoni; the marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi commissioned it, at the end of the Eighteenth century. The house was built on the western shore of Lake Como, to serve as the summer residence of the Marquis. Many famous people spent time at Villa Olmo, including Napoleon, and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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