By the lakeside there are many villas including the enchanting Villa Balbianello, built for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the XVIII century.

The Villa rises on the edge of a small peninsular on the Lake almost in front of Bellagio. Today it is still as the last owner left it.

A renowned explorer Guido Monzino returned from his many travels, with a rich collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art, precious english and french furniture of the XVIII century. Set in the loggia, above the gardens, there is a map room and a small library and a museum documents the memorabilia of his expeditions.

But the masterpiece is the landscape of the gardens and terraces, on the highest part of the peninsular.