Villa Negri is situated in the heart of the pretty lake side village of Laglio, 15 minutes from Como town. Laglio is one of a string of villages built on the Roman road framed on one side by lush green mountains and the sparkling lake on the other. Laglio is very well appointed with two excellent family run restaurants within 2 minutes walk of Villa Negri. There is also a small hotel, a bar, little beach and a selection of local shops including a ‘Gold Star’ winning delicatessen.
Laglio hosts some beautiful 18th century and ‘Belle Époque villas, Villa Negri is one such villa built over 100 years ago as a summer house for a Milanese family, now home to the Robinson family. Villa Oleandra, home to George Clooney is Laglio’s most famous resident and neighbour although Villa Negri has had famous visitors too!
Villa Negri is named after the Italian poetess Ada Negri, heralded by the Italian literary society in 1920/30′s, the first woman to be admitted to the Italian Academy. She was respected by her contemporary’s in a similar way to British ‘Bloomsbury Group’. She spent her summer months at Villa Negri and wrote her only novel ‘Morning Star’ at Villa Negri
Europeans travellers since the ‘Grand Tour’ have been enchanted by the beauty of Lake Como and amazed at the sheer scale of the mountains and the shape of the lake with its vast body of deep blue water dotted with clusters of cream, gold, pink and terracotta homes. Wordsworth, Bryon, Rossini, Shelley, Malone and Longfellow have all been inspired to write some of their most magical works whilst staying on lake.
Como town – 15 minutes
Cernobbio and Villa D’Este – 10 minutes
Menaggio – 30 minutes
Bellagio – 30/45 mins
Milan – 50 mins
Lugarno, Switzerland – 30 minutes
Historic Villas and Gardens within easy reach
Villa Balbianello, Lenno
Villa Erba, Como
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo
Villa Mezi, Bellagio
Villa Monastero, Varenna
Milan Malpensa – 45 mins
Milan Linate – 60 mins
Bergamo – 75 mins
Como San Giovanni – 20 mins for Milan International and trains to Switzerland, France and UK
5 mins from Villa Negri
Nearest stop: 5 mins by car or 20 mins walk