How a Franciscan Monastery Became One of Lake Como’s Iconic Must-Sees

Apr 12, 2019 230

BY: Scott Bay

Count Guido Monzino, a twentieth-century Italian explorer and mountain climber, first summited Cervino (the Italian name for the Matterhorn) in the 1950s which ignited his vocation in adventure. Then many years later, he led the country’s first Everest expedition and became the first person ever to summit Torres del Paine. By the end of his career, he led 21 extraordinary journeys from the North Pole to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Monzino became an Italian national treasure and gained many accolades including the title, Grand'Ufficiale dei Cavalieri Crociati (Grand Official of the Knights of the Crusades). His professional accomplishments aside though, his personal pride and glory was his renovation and ownership of the Northern Italian property: Villa Del Balbianello.

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