In the shade of a huge elm tree, which legend says was planted by Pliny the Younger, a magnificent neoclassical villa was built with the same name (olmo being the Italian word for elm).
While the giant elm no longer exists, Villa Olmo remains and never ceases to arouse wonder in its visitors. This villa has hosted famous guests such as Napoleon and Garibaldi, which is not surprising considering its extraordinary beauty.
Outside, the structure is simple but at the same time majestic. Its central neoclassical structure, dating back to the late 18th century, was later joined by the harmonious addition of wings.
However, the austere outer façade with its clean lines introduces the visitor to an interior rich in frescoes, gold accents, and stucco statues, along with works of art that are sure to leave admirers breathless.
The surroundings of Villa Olmo are no less spectacular: in front of the villa a view of Lake Como opens up before your eyes, framed between the hills and the outline of Como, and a quiet garden with a fountain by the sculptor Odofrechi.
The park is also home to a small neoclassical temple and a stream with the soothing sound of water contributes to the magic of the place, situated just 10 minutes by foot from the centre of Como.
Today the villa, built as a summer residence by the Marquis Odescalchi and designed by the architect Simone Cantoni, is owned by the municipality of Como and hosts cultural events and art exhibitions.