Villa Mylius Vigoni in the Enchanting Village of Menaggio on Lake Como
Ciao amici, dear Lake Como friends. During your stay on Lake Como you should not miss to visit Menaggio on the west bank of the Lario. You will fall in love with this lively little town surrounded by mountains, with its wonderful lake promenade and the old, narrow streets. Furthermore, in the district Loveno stands the magnificent Villa Mylius Vigoni.
Heinrich Mylius, a German Mansion Owner on Lake Como
The Milanese banker and entrepreneur Heinrich Mylius (1769-1854) also appreciated the beauty of this place.
Therefore, in 1829, he acquired a villa for his son Julius and his bride, Luigia Vitali, above Lake Como in Loveno, a district of Menaggio. The fantastic location and the magical Lakeview inspired Heinrich Mylius to buy this house.
The History of Villa Mylius Vigoni
Heinrich Mylius extended the villa by an additional floor and two side wings. On the facade of the house, busts of artists and celebrities of his time were exhibited in specially created niches.
A very particular ambience was created in the interiors, decorated with Grisailles paintings and equipped with valuable furniture and paintings.
Tragically, Heinrich Mylius son Julius died shortly after his wedding. Some time later the young widow married Ignazio Vigoni.
The last offspring of this connection, her grandson Ignazio Vigoni junior, died in 1983. He bequeathed the Villa Mylius Vigoni with all the inventory and the vast English park to the Federal Republic of Germany.
250 years of Heinrich Mylius – The Villa Mylius Vigoni today
Today, the villa is not only a memorial to the Mylius Vigoni family, but also a place for special cultural events.
Heinrich Mylius, whose 250th birthday is 2019, is deemed one of the key figures of German-Italian relations of his time in historical, cultural, economic and political terms.
This year’s events in the Villa Mylius Vigoni would like to create a link between current themes and Heinrich Mylius in his memory. Important contents are creativity, sustainability and development. This will involve several Vigoni projects, such as: the Vigoni Student Forum, Vigoni Musica, Vigoni for Europe etc.
When to Visit the Mansion?
Cari amici, a trip to Menaggio-Loveno to Villa Mylius Vigoni is highly recommended.
From March to the end of October, every Thursday at 2.30 pm, there are guided tours of both, the villa and the enchanting park. Meeting point is the entrance to Villa Mylius Vigoni.
Depending on the majority of participants, the tours take place in German, English or Italian. The participation costs 10 €. There is a prize deduction for children, students and pensioners.
Telephone reservation is requested: +39 0344 361 232
In August the villa is closed.
Have an interesting sightseeing tour. How about relaxing afterwards in one of Menaggio’s ice cream parlors with a delicious gelato ?
Tanti saluti e a presto
Rosa Maria Lamberti