Giardini Melzi Gondola

The Vicinity

The home and surrounding park is located in Brianza, a beautiful area about halfway between Milan and Como, in the lovely little community of Barzanò.

Lake Lecco is 30 minutes and the drive to Lake Como is about an hour. In and around both of these beautiful towns are ample opportunities for walking, hiking, shopping and awe-inspiring views, both from lake level and from the height of the mountains, which are accessible by car or funicular.

We are 20 minutes (12 km) south of Lago di Pusiano, a great favorite of fishing fans and naturalists. This pretty, largely undiscovered lake is protected as it is located inside the Parco Naturale della Valle del Lambro, visible in the distance from one of the terraces of the house.

We are located right on the edge of another beautiful but little known Regional Park, Parco Regionale di Montevecchia e della Valle del Curone and the adorable hill town of Montevecchia, favorites of photographers, mountain bikers, hikers and mushroom-gatherers.

For gourmet food lovers, there is a large gourmet kitchen and the home is within walking distance of the Michelin starred restaurant Pierino in Viganò. Cooking classes are offered and reservations can be made for you (and transportation provided, if desired) to a number of highly-acclaimed restaurants in the area.

For golfers, there are nine courses within an hour’s drive, the majority of which have wonderful views and can be golfed nearly year-round.

For painters, there are plenty of opportunities for whiling away the hours on the grounds of Poggio Verde itself but there are also innumerable options for lovely painting locales nearby, as well.

For shoppers, Milan and Como offer world-class shopping, and the new FoxTown shopping center just over the border into Switzerland offers outlet shopping of the highest-end brands available.

For cyclists, there are many options for all levels of cycling, and top-quality bicycles are available for rent.

For history buffs, northern Italy is chock full of sites to visit dating back to the pre-Roman era and we are happy to engage the services of an English-speaking history professor for a lecture series for interested guests.

For art and culture aficionados, it may take multiple return visits to even scratch the surface of this wonderful part of Italy.

Please see the map on this website for many more details on things to do, places to go and restaurants worth a visit!

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