Sunday, September 1, 2013

Villa Carlotta

Known for its gorgeous garden, exquisite art display and breathtaking view, the Villa Carlotta was once home to a noble Milanese family.

In 1801, a famous politician and avid art lover, Gian Battista Sommariva bought and revamped the villa. Up on the roof he added pediment and a clock; transformed the backyard into an astounding botanical garden; and appended a collection of art from Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez.

In 1843, Princess Marianne of Nassau purchased the villa and gave it as a wedding present to her daughter Carlotta and George II of Saxe-Meiningen. The villa was then named after her, Villa Carlotta.

At present, the villa is a museum and botanical garden.

Villa Carlotta
Address: Via Regina, 2, Tremezzo, Province of Como, Italy
Coordinates:  45° 59′ 11″ N, 9° 13′ 51.3″ E
Admission: €9

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