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Villa Monastero, Lake Como, Italy #15

Palm tree at Villa Monastero near Varenna on Lake Como, Italy

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In the autumn of 2018 my wife Liz and I spent an amazing two weeks exploring the lakes and mountains of northern Italy.

Based at Varenna on Lake Como, we travelled far and wide in our little Fiat Panda, taking in the beautiful scenery and lakeside towns.

But we didn't have far to go to see one of the loveliest places on Lake Como, the buildings and gardens of the wonderful Villa Monastero, just on the outskirts of Varenna itself.

Liz and I spent a wonderful few hours strolling around the grounds and stately homes on the site, with a fantastic photo opportunity seemingly everywhere you looked.

The gardens included a wide variety of plants and trees, including a grove of palm trees, laden with fruit and looking great set against the lake and mountains.

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Filename - italy lake como villa monastero 15.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 60mm

Exposure - 1/60 secs @ f11, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Villa Monastero near Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.