Como, Lake Como

Villa Olmo is definitely one of the best things that you must see during your stay in Como.

The villa is located in the northwestern part of the city, at the end of a 500-meter (1640 ft) lakeside walk which connects it to the Aeroclub and Rationalist neighborhood.

Villa Olmo is currently a prestigious location for conferences, events, and art exhibitions.

The villa is a perfect example of Italian neoclassical style. Its elegance and charm didn’t go unnoticed by Napoleon Bonaparte and Giuseppe Garibaldi, who were two of the most notable guests of the villa.

Discover Villa Olmo in Como!

Villa Olmo, Como
Villa Olmo, Como

Discover Villa Olmo

In a nutshell

KEY FEATURES of Villa Olmo

Como, Italy: Villa Olmo
Villa Olmo, Como

The complex of Villa Olmo consists of the villa and the extensive gardens that surround it. When you look at the villa, you will immediately notice the neoclassical features that adorn it.

The massive colonnade is decorated with tondos by sculptor Francesco Carabelli, which represent Plato, Solon, Thales, Socrates, and Pythagoras, thus giving the building a magnificent appearance. The interiors of Villa Olmo are rich in paintings, statues, and valuable stucco decorations.

Points to mention are the amazing frescoes by Andrea Appiani and Domenico Pozzi, whose works focused on the representation of mythological figures (according to the tradition of Lombard villas and palaces).

Among the beautiful halls of the villa is also a theater, which dates back to 1883 and provides perfect acoustics. The Italian garden in front of Villa Olmo hosts some perfectly cared and symmetrical flowerbeds, in addition to a large fountain and several statues which represent pagan Gods.

Instead, the public park behind the villa shows the typical features of an English garden, and is characterized by the presence of a small neoclassical temple. Visitors can relax under the shade of the ancient trees that populate this large and cozy park, before resuming their tour of the city.

Between the trees of Villa Olmo you will find the starting point of Chilometro della Conoscenza, a green pathway that connects the residence to other villas (such as Villa del Grumello) and several places of naturalist interest.


The gardens and the villa are open all throughout the year (please check on Google or on the official website).

  • Opening times for the garden from early April to the end of September: 7am - 11pm
  • Opening times for the garden from the beginning of October to early April: 7am - 7pm
  • Opening times for the villa: 10am - 6pm

The villa is closed on Mondays.

Note: the villa is about to begin a period of renovation (starting in early 2024). Therefore, if you are interested in visiting the interiors, you need to call before your visit.

Free entry. For more information check the official website.

Address: Via Simone Cantoni 1, Como
Phone: +39 031 252553

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A few tips for your stay in Como

HOW TO GET to Villa Olmo

A nice way to get to Villa Olmo from the Como town center is by taking a relaxing walk along Passeggiata Lino Gelpi, a walk by the lake that starts from the heart of the Rationalist neighborhood and takes you to the villa in approx. 15 minutes.

The Italian garden that overlooks Lake Como
Stays & experiences

Experiences & tours

Make your trip a unique experience!​

4h tour on a Venetian Limo with visit to Villa Balbianello
4h tour on a Venetian Limo with visit to Villa Balbianello
Venetian Limousine
4 hour boat tour with stop
at a location of your choice
Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: full-day tour from Milan
Como, Bellagio & Varenna: day tour from Milan
Villa Monastero, Varenna
5 hour boat tour with visit to three villas
Como to Bellagio cruise
Tour to Bellagio & Villa Melzi from Como (+ lunch)

HISTORY of Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo and its English-style park

Villa Olmo is an imposing neoclassical residence that was built in the 1780s by architect Simone Cantoni, on behalf of Marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi.

The villa was named after an elm planted in the middle of the garden, which – unfortunately – is no longer there. In 1797, the marquis welcomed notable people, such as Napoleon and the Italian writer Ugo Foscolo.

In 1824, after the death of Innocenzo Odescalchi, Villa Olmo was acquired by Marquis Giorgio Raimondi. Raimondi made some improvements to the boathouse and brought the villa to its former splendor. The marquis also received the visit of the last Holy Roman Emperor Francis II, Austrian Emperor Ferdinand I, and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

In the 1880s, the villa became property of Duke Guido Visconti di Modrone. His family ordered the construction of the small theater, which was designed by architect Emilio Alemagna, and the fountain in front of the villa by Gerolamo Olofredi. 

In 1925, after the death of Guido Visconti, Villa Olmo was acquired by the municipality of Como, which, since then, organizes events and art exhibitions.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Calvin Hambrook

    Hello, is it possible to rent headsets with English speaking translation at Villa Olmo>?

    Thank you!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Calvin, I haven’t visited the villa in a few months, but the last time I did there was no such possibility!

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