Villa Olmo is a magnificent palace, built at the beginning of the 19th century by the architect and builder Cantoni, for the Marquis Odescalchi, who was enamoured of the aesthetic of the Enlightenment. It has a commanding position on the western lake shore. The interior is only open to the public when the major annual exhibition is on in the summer season.
Next door to Villa Olmo is the Como Lido, with two pools, a good bar, and a big ‘beach’ area. The lido is very well equipped and even offers free wifi.
There is a large car park (charges) next to the Villa. If you are coming from Como, it is pleasant to walk along the lungolago promenade rather than coming round by road.