Discover with us a bit more about Villa Melzi, botanical garden in Bellagio, Lake Como. Like many others charming villas of Lake Como Villa Melzi was built as residence of a representative of Italian politics Francesco Melzi d’Eril (1753-1816), Duke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and afterwards Gran Chancellor of the Napoleonic Reign of Italy.
The Villa was decorated and furnished by famous artists of the period: artists Appiani, Bossi and Sanquirico, sculptors Canova, Comolli and Marchesi, as well as the bronze sculptor Luigi Manfredini
Villa Melzi is introduced by its English style garden which develops harmoniously along the lake’s banks, the last offshoot in the hill picture of the peninsula of Bellagio, to the south of the inhabited area.
The botanical garden, enriched with sculptures, was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and by the botanist Luigi Villoresi, both responsible for the arrangement of Villa Reale park in Monza.
Through the contribution of great artists and artisans and the special concordance between them and Francesco Melzi the whole complex was shaped like a place of rare harmony and was admired, among the others, by Stendhal who described its beauty in his book “Rome, Naples, Florence” dated 1817.
Info from Villa Melzi botanical garden website giardinidivillamelzi.it & Wikipedia.
We want to thank Mauro Gallo for his beautiful photo / … taxodium Distichum … with autumn colours.
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