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For guests looking for a place of great charm, where art and nature cohabit in a unique landscape, Villa Carlotta has a museum with a fine collection of masterpieces and a magnificent botanical gardenTuesday, June 11, 2019

By Villa Carlotta
Villa Carlotta

For guests looking for a place of great charm, where art and nature cohabit in a unique landscape, Villa Carlotta has a museum with a fine collection of masterpieces and a magnificent botanical garden. Every year, visitors enjoy the fabulous spring blooms, with more than 150 cultivars of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and admire the perfect beauty of Eros and Psyche by the neoclassic sculptor Antonio Canova.

The history of this splendid dwelling goes right back to the end of the 17th century, when the Marquises Clerici had the villa built. Giovanni Battista Sommariva subsequently purchased Villa Carlotta in the 19th century. Thanks to him, artists such as Bertel Thorvaldsen, Antonio Canova and Francesco Hayez left their mark in the museum’s history. Among the later owners were Duke George II of Saxe-Meiningen and Princess Charlotte of Prussia, who received the villa as a wedding gift from her mother.

Since 1927, Villa Carlotta has been owned by the state of Italy and a private foundation is in charge of the management of the entire property.

Walking through the garden, visitors are surrounded by 100-year-old trees, orangeries, high camellia hedges and a stunning rhododendron wood. Every 10 paces or so, spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding landscape are revealed. The Italian-style garden dates back to the 1600s, while echoes of the romantic period are still present in the English garden.

During the times of year when the villa is open to the public (generally from the middle of March to the middle of November), visitors can take part in several interactive hands-on activities, helping them to gain a deeper understanding of Villa Carlotta’s historical, artistic and botanical heritage. Learning more about the arts and sciences through the creation of connections between different areas of knowledge — whether by taking part in a workshop or an interpretive tour, in the museum or park — is what Villa Carlotta aims to promote.

Families are invited to take part in workshops and specially targeted activities, so that parents and children can spend quality time together.

DON'T MISS

The Japanese garden, which features more than 25 different species of bamboo, as well as waterfalls, a stream and rocks

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Outdoor lift
• Bookshop
• Cafeteria
• Museum
• English and Italian garden

GET IN TOUCH

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T: + 39 344 40405

E: segreteria@villacarlotta.it

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