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Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks. It's now a museum showcasing a collection of items left by its owners

Where
Via Giovanni Polvani, 4, Varenna (LC)
Contacts
+39 0341 295 450
Official site

Villa Monastero’s history spans nine centuries, making it one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks, despite its current eclectic style from renovations in the 19th century.

Built around 1100 AD as a convent for Cistercian nuns, the building has had many owners and purposes through the centuries and each one left its mark through various renovation projects which have given the villa its unique style.

The villa is now a museum showcasing an amazing collection of items left by its various owners, an incredible record of four centuries of history.

From the 19th century, the villa was a hub for prominent artists, musicians, writers and actors and to this day the stimulating artistic and cultural climate of the era is in the air.

The villa is also surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden, home to plants from every corner of the globe, which flourish thanks to the temperate climate of the lake.


Opening hours

Open: January-October
Opening times: variable
Admission: charge

Take me here: Villa Monastero

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Where to sleep

VILLA CIPRESSI

Varenna
VILLA CIPRESSI
2 mt

CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT VIOLET

Varenna
CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT VIOLET
13 mt

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Varenna
CAV CASA VISTA CIPRESSI - AZ SRL
95 mt

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Varenna
B&B VILLA ELENA
184 mt

DEL SOLE

Varenna
DEL SOLE
204 mt

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Varenna
CAV AMAZING LIFE HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
240 mt

CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA

Varenna
CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE  DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA
240 mt

CAV VARENNA GARDEN - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV VARENNA GARDEN - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
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CAV 4 DI FULVIA MELESI
258 mt

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Varenna
CAV SWEET SQUARE FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
262 mt

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CAV VARENNA HOUSE

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560 mt

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Varenna
CAV IL GIARDINO DI ALICE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
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CAV LITTLE NEST FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

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CAV LITTLE NEST FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
560 mt

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Perledo
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CAV APPARTAMENTO D20

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CAV APPARTAMENTO D20
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CAV APPARTAMENTO E2

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CAV APPARTAMENTO E2
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