of Como. BELL
of Princess Albert of Prussia,
after whose daughter Charlotte,
Duchess of Saxe - Meiningen (d.
1855), it is named. The Duke of
Saxe - Meiningen is the present
proprietor (accessible from 8 to 5,
door opened every !/2 hr.; i/2 ir.
Interior. The Marble Hall con¬
tains the celebrated "Reliéis by Thor-
valdsen, representing the Triumph
of Alexander. This frieze was first
reproduced in plaster for theQuirinal
in 1811, in honour of Napoleón; for
this marble replica a sum of over
14,000Z. was paid by Count Somma-
riva in 1828. Also several statues by
Canova (Cupid and Psyche, Magdalen,
Palamedes, Venus); Cupid, by Bien-
aimé, etc. —■ The Billiard Room
contains a small frieze in marble on
the chimney - piece representing a
Bacchanalian procession, said to be
an early work of Thorvaldsen.
The 'Garden contains the most
luxuriant vegetation; on the S. side
of the Villa is a splendid magnolia;
pleasant view towards Bellagio from
the thick shrubbery at the S. end
of the garden.
Behind Cadenabbia rises the
rock of II Sasso di San Martino.
Halfway up stands the Madonna
di San Martino, a small church, com¬
manding a beautiful view; ascent
172 hr. (we proceed viá Griante to
the small chapel of San Rocco and
then follow the paved track).
The Monte Crocione (5370 ft.), a
more lofty mountain to the W., com¬
mands a striking view of the Lake
of Como and Bellagio (a fatiguing
ascent of 31/2-4 hrs.; guide 5 fr.; in
order to avoid the heat the traveller
should start at 2 a.m.). A finer view
of the Alps of Valais is obtained from
the "Monte Galbiga (5600 ft.), to the
W., which may be reached in 50 min.
from Monte Crocione by following
the crest. From Monte Galbiga we
may descend viá the Ponna Alp to
(3 hrs.) Osteno (p. 183).
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hotel, see p. 176), the park of
which extends to the head of the
promontory. Charming glimpses
ot'Varenna, Villa Arconati, Villa
The Villa La Boyssonade (adm.
10-12 and 2-5, 1/2 fr-) and the
Villa Belmonte (adm. i/2 fr.),
command other fine views.
The Tilla Melzi, onthe Como
arm of the lake, i/2 M. to the S.
of Bellagio, was erected by Alber-
tolli in 1810-15, for Count Melzi
d'Erile (1753-1816), who was
made Duke of Lodi by Napoleón
in 1807. It now belongs to the
Duchess of Melzi, and possesses
numerous works of art and a
splendid garden (adm. Thurs. &
Sun., 1 fr.; entr. by S. gate).
On the Civenna road (p. 172),
about 1 M. to the S. of the lower
entrance to the Villa Serbelloni,
beyond the cemetery, we reach a
blue iron gate on the left, leading
to the Villa Giulia, the property
of Count Blome of Vienna, with
beautiful *Gardens, famous for
their camellias in spring (adm. on
Sun. and holidays only ; fee 1/2 fr.).
A pleasant "Excursión may be
taken henee to Ghevrio or Civenna
(p. 172), either by road, passing the
Villa Giulia (to Civenna 272 hrs.;
one-horse carr. 8 fr., 3 hrs. there and
back), or from the steamboat-stations
of Limonta and Vassena (p. 178).
The highly interés ting ascent of the
"Monte San Primo (5530 ft.) may be
made in 41/2 hrs. from Bellagio (guide
10 fr., not indispensable). The ronte
leads past the Villa Giulia and Cásate,
and forks at (2 hra.) a chapel. We
follow the narrow road to the right
to the Alpe del Borgo, whence a
footpath leads to the (272 hra.) summit,
on which is arefuge-hut. Magniflcent
view of the Lake of Como and the
Brianza, backed by a grand moun-
tain-panorama. The descent may be
made to Canzo (p. 172).