Villa Taverna is located on Lake Como in the village of Perlasca, between Blevio and Como. The villa was built at the behest of Count Paolo Taverna at the end of the eighteenth century, as a summer residence. The Taverna was then rented to Francesco Melzi d’eril who lived there during the construction of the nearby Villa Melzi.
The nobles Poldi Pezzoli became the new owners from the nineteenth century, they enlarged the structure with the addition of two symmetrical side bodies connected to the main building by means of galleries. Later Villa Taverna was sold to the Trivulzio and in 1941 to the Gerli. in the villa many prominent personalities of the time stayed. Today the villa is a luxurious private property condominium. The ancient greenhouse, now transformed into a residence, enjoys an enchanting panoramic position determined by the need to guarantee the best exposure to the sun. The count was a big fan of botany and hosted a great variety. Although in degraded conditions, the building embedded in the rock retained its original morphology: a main body of masonry and glass of nearly six meters in height marked on the front by Corinthian columns with a side of a single room covered by once glazed. At about three and a half meters below, another long and narrow space opened, always characterized by a glass pitched roof. The intention was to evoke the primitive destination of this place that has translated into a cultivated arrangement of the green inside and abroad, but also the will to respect the original architecture.
The colors and materials of Villa Taverna respect the rationalist characters of Como; the exterior has been plastered in the same original red color, the windows and the frames are in dark gray enameled iron; the interior floors are in terracotta cooked in a herringbone pattern while the walls are white with discreet furnishings. The transformation of the building from greenhouse to dwelling finds sophisticated solutions rich in references to nature without unnaturalizing architecture.