Villa Olmo – Como
Of the many villas in the city of Como, Villa Olmo is one of the most famous.
Legend has it that Villa Olmo was given its name because of an immense age-old elm (“olmo” in Italian) planted by Pliny the Younger at the time of Ancient Rome. Unfortunately, the elm no longer exists, but it’s still possible to visit the majestic villa.
Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa, built in 1782, commissioned by marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi from architect Simone Cantoni.
Meeting-point for artists and historical figures, the villa hosted over time some of the most famous people in Italian and European history: Napoleone Bonaparte, Ugo Foscolo, Metternich, Radetzky and Giuseppe Garibaldi are some of the most renowned hosts of Villa Olmo.
Although the villa has undergone some modifications with the change of its ownership, Villa Olmo survived to this day in all its glory, and today everyone can visit the villa and the surrounding park.
Today, Villa Olmo hosts many art exhibitions, and everyone can admire the villa’s architecture and enjoy the natural sight of its park, and enjoy a walk through time, walking by the neoclassical temple and the marble fountain by the sculptor Odolfredi.