On the top of the Balbianello promontory, in a panoramic position, the villa was built for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century, on the remains of an old Franciscan monastery. This location is spectacular for the views and peaceful atmosphere. The interiors of the villa are of particular interest, one can admire the collection of Chinese porcelain and pottery, a collection of pre-Columbian objects, French and English antiques and precious carpets all of which were left by the last owner of the villa, Guido Monzino who left the villa in donation to FAI, the Italian equivalent of the National Trust for Historic preservation, in 1988.
The villa can be rented for special private events and functions.
The villa and gardens are open from 15th March 2008 till 16th November 2008 every day except Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am till 5:00pm.
* The interiors of the villa can only be visited on appointment with a guide.