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Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

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Visit Villa Carlotta, built in 1690, to see a decorated house and botanical garden filled with fine art. Admire views of Lake Como as you wander through the garden among camellias, century-old cedars, a rock garden, rhododendrons, and a bamboo garden. Discover 19th-century sculptures, including pieces by Canova and Thorvaldsen. On the villa's first floor, see Hayez's "The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet" painting--one the collection's masterpieces. Princess Marianne of the Netherlands bought this villa for her daughter in the mid-18th century, and the second floor features furniture, pictures, and decorations from that period. The ancient greenhouse is now a cafe. Pick up an audio guides, or ask about guided tours. Arrange to visit Villa Carlotta and other attractions in Tremezzina using our Tremezzina vacation trip planner.
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  • a visit without hesitation for history fans. I loved. Do it in early spring to enjoy the view and gardens
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  • I admit that I had gone to the popular azalea though it was not the right season. So I was just walking through the garden to relax and enjoy as much as I could see, until entering the area of ferns kidnapped me completely. I was speechless, a small valley of the ferns, with a micro-climate all its own and a leap into the wildest heart of a under congolese jungle
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  • We went to this beautiful villa on Lake Como with no problems since we are all along the Lake. I have been there many times before but this time with my two babies whose smaller, with a few weeks to live. The atmosphere is from ancient times and it's really pure magic flowers plants everything is taken care of maniacally. You walk in, unaware of time passing and then if you're lucky enough to have a clear day from clouds, well this place really, has no equal in the world. Italian pride but more importantly, pride lariano
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  • The gardens are absolutely amazing. The villa itself wasn't that interesting, IMO, but I spend hours walking through the enormous trees. The paths often go uphill, so I'd really advice you to go as early as possible if you visit during the hottest months! The park claims to be wheelchair accessible, but you're dealing with a lot of uphill and hard to navigate paths. Parking is difficult and expensive, so you might have to walk a while from your parking space to the Villa. The giftshop has some one-of-a-kind items, but it's mostly touristy and overpriced stuff.
  • Somewhat overrated, but very accessible historical villa beside Lake Como, with extensive gardens. The villa features itself, it's history, a floor with 19th century period rooms, a floor with contemporary art, and a floor with original art from the villa's heyday. The garden in summer misses the spring flowers it's famous for, and mostly offers a look into the former owners' collecting mania. Rare plant and tree species here may be interesting to specialists.
  • A beautiful taste of the 18th century. Although on the expensive side I thought it was money well spent as there are many great picture opportunities. Can appeal to the students and you can get in for 5 euros with a valid student card!
  • Really enjoyed touring the gardens as they were very well kept. The villa itself I didn't find so interesting but gardens were so varied and interesting I still felt it was money well spent.
  • A large, beautiful garden and stately home. The garden is the draw card really. The house has a few beautiful sculptures and paintings, but is otherwise not dissimilar to other large homes. There is a cafe in the garden which serves reasonably priced food of an ok standard. If it's hot out, it's best to sit outdoors rather than inside. The café is basically a hothouse, so temps inside are unbearable.