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Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo is a magnificent neoclassic building, dating back to the 18th Century, owned by Como Municipality. It was designed in 1780 by the Swiss architect Simone Cantoni (1736-1818), meant as a beautiful summer mansion for the Odescalchi Family. Later the Villa was purchased by Marquess Raimondi and by the Dukes of Modrone, that renovated and improved the building, giving it the current shape.


In 1927 the Villa has been purchased by Como Municipality: since then it has hosted different cultural events, under the banner of Art and Science. In the same year the Villa hosted the International Exhibition, on the centenary of Alessandro Volta's death, and, fron then on, various local happenings, conferences, symposia and shows.    

Since 1982 and until 2011 it has been the main seat of Centro Volta, that has been holding there most of the events organized in cooperation with Universities and research intitues from all over the world.

The Villa boasts a perfect position, slightly aside from the town, offering a peaceful atmosphere, even if not isolated from the city centre, that can be reached in a 10 minutes walk on a pleasant lake shore promenade, along the elegant and residential Borgovico area. 

The prestigious architectonic frame and the incomparable location of the Villa,  with its wide garden sloping down to the lake shore, facing the historic centre of the town and surrounded by mild hills, have contributed to the success of all events held there. 



Villa Olmo includes:

  • a big conference hall (seating capacity: 200 people);
  • four conference rooms (seating capacity up to 80 people -theatre- or 30 people -U shape-)
  • two equipped rooms for courses (seating capacity: 50 people);
  • eight small rooms to be used for informal meetings, poster sessions, exhibition areas, etc).
  • During conferences refreshments are supplied by a restaurant closed to the Villa, that has special agreements with Centro Volta. 



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