As promised in my last post on the French Alps, in this post I’m excited to share some photos from the second part of my summer vacation. A visit to Lake Como in Italy offered an amazing opportunity to enjoy local scenery, food, wine and of course, some gorgeous gardens!
After watching James Bond recover along the shore of Lake Como in Casino Royale, I was determined to find the villa where the end of the movie was filmed. Villa Balbianello was the site, and is located about half way up the lake in the town of Lenno. The best way of getting around the lake is by boat (a ferry system that runs between towns), so luckily the first glimpse of the villa is by water.
|Approaching Villa Balbianello|
|Vines pruned to create a patter on the Loggia columns|
|Fastigiate Junipers punctuate the garden like exclamation points!|
|A formal statue with gorgeous Lake Como in the background|
|Villa Carlotta front gate|
|Formal front courtyard from the front balcony|
|The repetition of potted plants create a beautiful rhythm to the walkway|
|A citrus promenade creates a shady and fragrant retreat|
What I loved about both of these gardens was that the focus remained on the natural beauty of the lake.