Villa Melzi is about the surrounding gardens, not the villa itself, which you can’t go inside. The gardens were planned and planted over 150 years ago, so many of the trees are quite large. One of the first things you see when entering from the Bellagio end is a Japanese garden.
The whole garden is on a grand scale, and more about trees and masses of shrubs than lots of flowers. Or there just wasn’t a lot blooming when we were there!
Structures and statues are scattered around the grounds, including a couple of very different gazebos, and an old Venetian gondola. We also saw some lovely pyracantha against the villa wall. Another plant I wish I could find a home for!
We saw a few grottos on this trip. This one you could actually walk inside. I bet it’s great on a hot summer day.