Nestled on a promontory on Lake Como, the Villa Balbianello is a great place for an afternoon's visit. Located just outside the village of Lenno, and accessible by water taxi, it is easily missed in the shadow of Bellagio. That would be a shame.
The grounds are breathtaking, with highly sculptured passages, striking architecture, and intricately woven vines. It was chosen as a location for several scenes from the James Bond movie Casino Royale.