|Owner||City of Como|
|Design and construction|
The villa was commissioned by marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi to Swiss architect Simone Cantoni to have a summer retreat alongside the lake. Works started in 1797 and were completed in 1812. The villa was named after an elm tree, no longer alive today, planted in the middle of the ornate gardens. About 800 varieties of trees still grow here.
The villa was acquired in 1924 by the municipality of Como and today is open to the public only during exhibitions, while the lakeside gardens are freely accessible during the daytime.
View of Villa Olmo from the garden
View from Villa Olmo on the lake
Partial view of the garden
The villa seen from the lake
The villa and garden in July 2012
Ceiling at the entrance
- Media related to Villa Olmo (Como) at Wikimedia Commons
- Villa Olmo - Alessandro Volta Scientific Association
- Villa Olmo's Lido
- Villa Olmo Exhibition Center (Italian)