From 23 March to 31 May, the Province of Lecco is offering the initiative Camelie sul Lario at Villa Monastero di Varenna, which since 2011 has seen the collaboration of the most prestigious villas on Lake Como, Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina and Villa Melzi in Bellagio.

This is a special occasion to welcome the numerous visitors and tourists who arrive on the Lario during this period.

This year too, visitors will be able to admire a small collection of camellias (two Camellia Snowball and Lavinia Maggi Alba) which last year complemented the specimens already present in the garden.

Originally from China, Korea and Japan, camellias were particularly appreciated during the nineteenth century and were included in the gardens of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore thanks to the climate suitable for their flowering.

These camellias belong to the Theaceae family, from whose leaves tea is obtained.

It will be possible to admire ancient tea and coffee services dating back to the 18th-20th centuries, including an interesting Doccia Ginori service with little birds and plant fronds and one in white porcelain with golden profiles from the Limoges manufacture: they will recreate in the Villa Monastero Red Room the elegant atmosphere of the time, when the residence was inhabited by the owners. There will also be a porcelain chocolate service decorated with violets, which belonged to the De Marchi family.

Connected with the exhibition, it will be possible to admire a series of watercolors by the painter Bianca Banfi, which illustrate flowers, birds and fruits.

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