Villa Carlotta is situated in the village of Tremezzo and covers an area of over 70,000 square metres. There are numerous masterpieces of art inside the villa itself as well as a marvelous garden with many beautiful flowers and trees which you can walk around in at your leisure.
The villa was built from 1690-1743 by the Clerici, a wealthy Milanese family of merchants. In 1801 Gian Battista Sommariva (a famous politician, businessman and patron of arts) bought the villa. The villa has a collection of art works such as; Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez: Palamedes, Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore and The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet.
Under Sommariva, part of the park was transformed into 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 as a wedding present on her marriage to George II of Saxen-Meiningen. Hence the name Villa Carlotta.
The gardens of Villa Carlotta are known for the rhododendrons’ and azaleas’ spring flowering, with over 150 varieties. There is also a lovely ‘bamboo garden’ (which the children will love) among many other things to see; cacti, camellias, cedars…also the ‘museum of agricultural tools’. Not to mention the exceptional views across the lake from the balconies of the villa itself.