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A historic location with great charm

It is a charming hall, with a lake view, which be set up for conferences, video projections and training events.

In this room is exhibited a Venetian Gondolas. She has an extraordinary importance: not only is one of the oldest gondolas existing, but it is also the best preserved in its originality.

A Venetian gondola built on Lake Como?

Towards the end of the ‘700 some Venetians shipwrights moved to the Lake Como to built gondolas for the local aristocracy. Among them there were the Taroni’s family, who in 1970 opened in Carate Urio on Lake Como, one of the most productive and refined shipyards of the time.

This gondola was wanted by Luigi Cusani Visconti Botta Adorno, a passionate volunteer lined up with the defenders of Venice during the Austrian siege of 1849.
In 1861 he married Giacomina Bassi, daughter of the Countess Marietta Trotti Bentivoglio and first cousin of Gian Martino Arconati, to whom she was very close.
Luigi Cusani, following a fashion trend and in memory of his Venetian enterprises, probably wanted to be built a gondola and, not having a villa on the lake, took advantage of the hospitality at the dock of his wife’s cousin.
This explains the presence of a gondola with viscount weapon in the Arconati estate of Villa Balbianello.

The construction of this gondola was assumed around 1860, when the Arconati Family came back of Villa Balbianello property. Dynasty of ardent patriots, to avoid the retaliation of the Austrian police took refuge in Piedmont. They returned to Lake Como only in 1860, after the Austrian defeat and the unification of Lombardy with the Kingdom of 

The Movie "Giulia and the Lake Como Boat"

The feature film about nautical history of Lake Como and its traditional boats is broadcast in this room.

Events and Wedding

Our multipurpose room is a perfect setting for your events, conferences or for your wedding. A place full of great charm and culture, a bridge between present and past.

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Il Progetto

Il progetto si propone di raccontare la storia della nautica di un territorio ricco di storia e cultura, quello della Lombardia e del Lago di Como, con la sua straordinaria raccolta di oltre 400 imbarcazioni.