It is near the town of Lenno and before I describe its many attributes I will pass on some instructions on how to get to Villa del Balbianello.

It is open to the public and two pathways to access the Villa. The one I take is 1 1/2 km and is along the lake and quite beautiful. There are no cars permitted to pass, however do ask for handicapped assistance. It is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.  On Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays you can walk to the Villa via a very pretty path and then the road to the point of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory that juts out to form a small peninsula.

On Thursdays (the day we were there) and Fridays you must arrive by boat.  Unfortunately we didn’t read the tiny signs on the closed gates in the park and started trudging along the road.  We spotted another tiny sign telling us we needed to take the boat, so back we went to the beach.  There was little signage indicating where the boat might be, but we saw a possible suspect arriving at the beach to pick up some waiting passengers and headed in that direction. It was a great way to arrive at the Villa – go on  Thursday or Friday.