Top 5 European City Destinations
By Stewart Creasey
27 January 2015
Holidays to Europe by train are becoming increasingly popular, here we look at European cities still alive with history.Read more
Villa del Balbianello is a sumptuous mansion built for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century. Today it is a favourite subject for painters and artists. A number of feature films have used the villa for location shooting, including "A Month by the Lake" (1995), "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002) and James Bond in "Casino Royale" (2006).
The villa, which stands on the tip of a steep promontory overlooking Lake Como, is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens leading down to the lake and offers incredible views over the glittering water. Villa Balbianello also boasts an interesting collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art.
Alluring Lake Como has been attracting visitors to its beautiful shores for more than 200 years. On our spectacular tour based around the lake, we take in pretty Italian towns, lake steamers, mountain scenery and historic mansions. We also enjoy an enthralling journey into Switzerland on the Bernina Express, a stunning railway line with UNESCO protection.… see more
9 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >