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Villa Carlotta Tremezzo

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Villa Carlotta is a unique sanctuary of art and beauty with its magnificent botanical specimens and art masterpieces in over 70,000 square meters of gardens and museum. It is located on the most picturesque part of Lake Como and renown for its spectacular gardens which are visited by almost 200,000 people each year.

Villa Carlotta: Origins and History

Villa Carlotta was built at the end of XVII century by the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in a natural basin between lake and mountains. The architect created an important but sober building, with an Italian garden decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains. It was with Gian Battista Sommariva, the following owner, that the property in Tremezzo attained the summit of its splendour. The villa became a temple of XIX century art with works of Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez and part of the park was transformed in a fascinating romantic garden.

Sommariva's heirs sold the villa in 1843 to Princess Marianne of Nassau, who gave it as a present to her daughter Carlotta in occasion of her wedding with Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen. Very fond in botanic, Georg enriched the park, today of great historical and environmental value. The gardens of Villa Carlotta chiefly owe their reputation to the rhododendrons’ and azaleas’ spring flowering, consisting of over 150 different sorts. But the gardens are worth to visit in every period of the year: old varieties of camellias, century old cedars and sequoias, huge planes and tropical plants, the Rock garden and the Ferns valley, the Rhododendrons wood and the Bamboos garden, the agricultural tools museum and wonderful views of the lake. Since more than 10 years every Friday night from July to September the villa hosts a chamber music festival.

Villa Carlotta
Address:
Via Regina, 2, Tremezzo CO 22019
Telephone:
(+39) 0344 40405
Email:
info@villacarlotta.it

Hours:

  • Mar 13 - Mar 27, Mon - Sun, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Oct 17 - Nov 8, Mon - Sun, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Mar 28 - Oct 16, Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 17:30

Entrance closes 1 hour before closing time. Last ticket 1.5 hours before closing time.

Costs:

€ 9.00 (typical).