La Belle Saison © Villa Bernasconi, Lancy

La Belle Saison


Nestled at the heart of a luxuriant park near the river Arve, Villa Bernasconi is one of Geneva’s best-kept secrets. It’s taken us a few years to discover this elegant neoclassical family mansion dating back to 1828 and now a thriving art centre hosting up to 5 contemporary art exhibitions per year.

Why not make Villa Bernasconi the destination of a family outing this month and make the most of La Belle Saison Festival running from the 5th to the 27th of April 2014? The events & activities line-up is impressive: art exhibitions, live concerts, Sunday brunches and fun family workshops including dance, Easter egg decorations, photography make up the programme of this event (click here to download the full programme).

Villa Bernasconi, Lancy - photo © Dylan Perrenoud
Villa Bernasconi, Lancy – photo © Dylan Perrenoud


La Belle Saison © Villa Bernasconi, Lancy
La Belle Saison © Villa Bernasconi, Lancy


Danse en famille  © DR - Villa Bernasconi, Lancy
Danse en famille © DR – Villa Bernasconi, Lancy


From the 5th to the 27th of April 2014, La Belle Saison will be showcasing the artworks of Nelly Haliti, Laure Marville, Jérôme Baccaglio & Maya Rochat. Entry to the villa, gardens and exhibitions is free of charge – don’t miss the outdoor labyrinth set up the gardens by artist Jean-Samuel Coste.

Visit their official website for full details, in the meantime here’s a selection of our favourite events:

  • Sunday 6th April 2014: Danse en famille, for parents & children aged 4 to 10. Explore music, dance & movement with your little ones in this fun family workshop. Starts at 10am and requires advance booking at 022 794 73 03 or, price is 5CHF per person.
  • Sunday 13th & 27th April 2014: Sunday brunch & live music concerts, more info here.
  • Sunday 20th April 2014: Peinture tempera, family workshop from age 7. Learn to decorate your Easter eggs with tempera colours under the guidance of artist in residence Nelly Haliti. From 10am to 4pm with a pause for Easter brunch at 1pm. The workshop costs 5CHF per person – advance booking required at 022 794 73 03 or
  • 22nd-27th April 2014: Atelier photo pour enfants avec Laetitia Gessler, for ages 8 to 12. Learn to use a manual camera with professional photographer Laetitia Gessler, come equipped with your own camera and reserve your place in advance at 022 794 73 03 or The workshop costs 50CHF for the week.


La Belle Saison 

5th-27th of April 2014  

Villa Bernasconi

8, route du Grand-Lancy


Tel. 022 794 73 03

Free entry to the Villa, gardens and art exhibitions. Workshops require advance booking and a joining fee.


How to get there:

Tram 15 | arrêt Lancy Mairie

Train | arrêt Pont-Rouge

Parking | parking de l’Etoile

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