Villa Monastero lies on the eastern shore of the Lake Como, in the picturesque village of Varenna.
The village, dominated by a sheer mountain with Castello di Vezio on top, has ancient origins.
Its name first appeared in documents dating back to 493, although initial evidence of its existence was only found in 769.
Varenna was once known as “Insula Nova” (New Island) due to the landing of the inhabitants of Isola Comacina in 1169.
However, this area is believed to have been inhabited since the late Bronze Age.
The streets, that are very regular and divided into sections, are believed to have Roman origins, as well as the square that was home to the court.
San Giorgio church, instead, was probably built on the foundations of a Roman temple.