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