Villa Carlotta, also known as “villa of masterpieces”, was built in a beautiful location towards the end of the 17th century, and then embellished with an extraordinarily romantic park and works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, and Hayez in the early 1800s. In 1843, the villa became property of princess Marianna of Nassau, wife of prince Alberto of Prussia. In that period, the gardens were expanded with an assortment of more than 500 plants, including 150 different types of rhododendron and azaleas.
During the months of March and April, the garden pathways transform into a sea of multicoloured azaleas, presenting an incredibly unique visual effect. The Bamboo Garden is also notable: 3.000 square metres with 25 different species of bamboo, displayed according to the principles and techniques of Japanese gardens and waterworks: with cascades and water streams interspersed with large stones.
The architecture of the villa is based on the simple Lombard tradition of the late 1600s, with a single central body dividing the property in two equal parts, from the entrance gate to the lake.
The Vegetable Garden and the Botanical Garden of this extraordinary villa are also ideal locations for scientific and sustainable development educational activities. Villa Carlotta is located in Tremezzo and is open to the public from March to November.