THE GARDENS OF VILLA CARLATTO IN TREMEZZO
The striking villa was built at the end of 17th century by the Milanese Marquis Giorgio Clerici.It is in a natural basin between lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio.
The gardens of Villa Carlotta chiefly owe their reputation to the rhododendrons' and azaleas' spring flowering, consisting of over 150 different sorts.
Thanks to Giambattista Sommariva the villa reached its greatest glory in the 18th century, having being enriched by art masterpieces and becoming a museum. Sommariva was an art collector and bought the estate at the beginning of the century
In the mid-18th century Princess Marianne of the Netherlands bought the estate as a wedding present for her daughter Carlotta when she married George II, duke of Sachsen Meiningen. On the second floor of the villa you can still admire furniture, objects, pictures and decorations from that period.