Villa Carlotta gardens and museum – Tremezzo
March – Early November. Botanical garden and museum with important works of art
Overlooking the shores of Lake Como in Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta includes a beautiful garden and a museum which houses sculptures, frescoes, paintings and antique furniture.
Built at the end of the 17th century by the Marquis Clerici of Milan, the villa was purchased in 1801 by Giovanni Battista Sommariva, a great art collector, who brought to the villa some masterpieces of the greatest artists of that time: Antonio Canova, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Francesco Hayez.
Among the works exposed on the first floor of the villa: the Last kiss of Romeo and Juliet (Francesco Hayez, 1823) and a faithful replica of the statue of Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss (Antonio Canova, 1796).
In 1843 the villa was sold to Princess Marianna of Prussia who in 1850 donated it to her daughter Carlotta on the occasion of her wedding with Duke George II of Saxony-Meiningen.
On the second floor of the villa there are Princess Carlotta’s furniture, private rooms and objects.
Villa Carlotta is also famous for its large botanical garden a 8 hectares area that can be visited where visitors can enjoy an enchanting panoramic view of the lake.
In the garden there are more than 500 species of plants including roses, azaleas, monumental trees and tropical plants. Visitors can also visit the rhododendron forest and the avenue of ferns.
Azalea lovers consider it a must to see at least once in spring when the garden turns into a colorful blossoming.
The greenhouse used in winter for citrus fruits has been turned into a museum of the ancient agricultural tools used in the villa.
On weekends visitors can book guided tours and thematic routes for children and families.
Free entrance for disabled with a companion and for children up to 5 years
For information call +39 0344 40405
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