Varenna is an Italian municipality in the province of Lecco and on the shores of Lake Como, in its territory we can find the eclectic Villa Monastero. Famous museum house, not only for its enchanted botanical garden, but also as a convention center, including those at the Italian Physics School which hosted numerous Nobel prizes.
Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s most significant monuments, dating to the end of the 19th century, but of the nine-centuries old bases. The Villa was built as a Cistercian monastery of the Cistercian Order, which was built at the end of the 12th century and was abolished in 1567 by the Archbishop of Milan; Local tradition attributes closure to non-consensual behavior of nuns. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, the building passed to the valsasian family Mornico, who used to live there, later his son made the monastery down and built a villa. The last German owner, Walter Kees, restructured the house in its current style, expanding the garden as well. Subsequently the villa passed to the Milanese family of Swiss origin De Marchi who gave the villa to become a public museum. In the seventies it became the property of the National Research Council and managed by the administration of the Province of Como, then moved to that of Lecco with the establishment of the new provinces.
The Villa Monastery, opened since 2003, has 14 rooms with original decor and furnishings, preserves numerous scientific instruments belonging to Giovanni Polvani.
Among the various renovations of Kees there is the loggia with three arches on the terrace overlooking the lake and the northern berth; The semi-oval temple located on the avenue of access, the statues collected in the garden with balustrades, fountains, well and Kaffe.haus pavilion.
The interiors boast a staircase inspired by the large staircase of the Leipzig Library, a town of German industrial origin. The furnishings reveal the typical 19th-century typical taste with neo-coco and baroque style furniture, each room has a different stylistic designation .