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Villa Carlotta Tremezzo Lake Como

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Villa Carlotta welcomes you with its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces in over 70.000 square metres of gardens and museum. Just few minutes far from Agriturismo Il Talento Nella Quiete.

The beautifulVilla Carlotta was built at the end of XVII century by the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in a natural basin between lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio. The architect created for the Clericis an important but sober building, with an Italian garden decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains.

In 1801 Gian Battista Sommariva, famous politician, businessman and patron of arts, bought the villa. Thanks to this owner the property in Tremezzo attained the summit of its splendour and became one of the most important halting-place of the Grand Tour. The Villa Carlotta became a temple of XIX century art with works of Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez: Palamedes, Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore, The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet are only some of the masterpieces that enriches the extraordinary collection. Under Sommariva part of the park was transformed in a fascinating romantic garden.

Sommariva’s heirs sold the villa in 1843 to Princess Marianne of Nassau, Albert’s of Prussia wife, who gave it as a present to her daughter Carlotta in occasion of her wedding with Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen. Hence the name Villa Carlotta. 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 the wonderful views on the lake built in the ages the celebrity of this place, still today consider “a place of heaven”.

Villa Carlotta

Museum

Thanks to Giambattista Sommariva the Villa Carlotta reached its greatest glory in the 18th century, being enriched by art masterpieces and becoming a museum. Sommariva was an art collector and bought the estate at the beginning of the century; he enhanced the value of the villa by acquiring Canova’s masterpieces such as Palamede, Amore e Psiche, Tersicore, La Maddalena Penitente, but also Thorvaldsen’s monumental frieze Alessandro Magno’s entrance to Babylon and Hayez famous painting Romeo and Juliet last farewell.
In the mid 18th century Princess Marianne of the Netherlands bought the estate as a wedding present for her daughter Carlotta when she married George II, duke of Sachsen Meiningen. On the second floor of the Villa Carlotta you can still admire furniture, objects, pictures and decorations from that period.

Botanical Garden

The garden-park of Villa Carlotta (about 8 hectares) is a very fascinating place: its favourable position, but also the harmonic coexistence of styles, the variety of plant species, the literary suggestions make it worthy a visit.
Come and see the Italian garden that dates back to the XVII Century with its geometrical schema, stair and terraces, statues and fountains; feel the echoes of the Romantic period, still alive in the structure of the park with old trees of big size and views of great charm; come to live the impressive vegetal architecture of the second half of the XIX Century with the monumental azaleas and rhododendrons and the unending richness of rare plants and species!

PRICELIST 2016 Villa Carlotta

Adult € 9,00
Senior over 65 € 7,00 (with ID)
Student (valid document) € 5,00
Children under 6 free entrance
Family (2 parents + 2 children) € 20,00
Parties min. 20 persons € 7,00
Parties min. 20 persons SCHOOLS € 3,50
Adress :
Villa Carlotta
Via Regina, 2 – 22019 Tremezzo, Como

Just few minutes far from Agriturismo Il Talento nella Quiete you can go:

by car 20 minutes,

by bus 40 minutes.  C 20 bus from the agriturismo to Argegno village and C 10 bus from Argegno to Tremezzo.

by boat from Argegno village 20 minutes.

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