Villa Carlotta

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 splendid 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 in a fascinating romantic garden. Sommariva’s heirs sold the The villa was sold in by the heir’s of Sommariva 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 Georg 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.

At the end of the World War I, the villa risked being sold in an auction in favour of the Opera Nazionale Combattenti. Senator Giuseppe Bianchini and the Rotary Club of Milan managed to put a stop to this and the villa was finally entrusted to the Ente Villa Carlotta, a foundation especially constituted by a royal decree on 12 Mai 1927. This foundation to date, still takes care of the villa in Tremezzo and all entrance fees are used for the maintenance and the conservation of the building, the works of art and the gardens.

Address: Via Regina 2, Tremezzo

Opening Hours: Daily Apr-Sep 9am-6pm, Oct-Mar and Nov 9am-11.30am/2pm-4.30pm.

Tel: (+39) 0344 40405

Cost

Adults: € 8,00
Seniors (over 65): € 4,00
Students: € 4,00
Children (under 6): free entrance

Parties up to 20 persons: € 5,80
Parties up to 20 persons SENIORS: € 3,60
Parties up to 20 persons SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES: € 2,70

-Free entry to the head-party.
-Free entry to 1 teacher every 15 students.
-Group’s tickets over €77,47 must pay an extra tax of € 1,81 (following Italian law D.P.R. n. 642/72)

 

Facilities: Coffee-house, bookshop, pic-nic areas.

Please note that dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times and it is recommended that you bring with you a poop-scooper.  For preservation reasons, photos/videos are not allowed inside the villa.