Escorted Rail Tours to Villa Carlotta
See the grand art collection
Villa Carlotta is situated in the village of Tremezzo and covers an area of over 70,000 square metres (more than 750,000 square feet). The villa has a superb collection of art from artists including Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez: Palamedes, Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore and The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet.
The villa was built from 1690 to 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. Under Sommariva, part of the park was transformed in a fascinating romantic garden. The villa was sold by the heirs of Sommariva in 1843 to Princess Marianne of Nassau, Albert's of Prussia wife, who gave it to her daughter Carlotta as a wedding present on her marriage to Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen. It was at this point that it was named Villa Carlotta.
The gardens of Villa Carlotta are known for the rhododendrons and azaleas, with over 150 varieties. There is also a lovely 'bamboo garden' and a 'museum of agricultural tools'. Villa Carlotta enjoys incredible views across the lake from the balconies of the main building.