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“Amazing villa in Lago Di Como. A must to visit”
Review of Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta
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Three Lakes Day Tour from Stresa
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Tremezzina
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Villa Carlotta welcomes you with its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces in over 70.000 square metres of gardens and museum. The beautiful villa was built at the end of XVII century by the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in a natural basin between lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio.
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Villa Carlotta is an incredible place in Lago do Como. Allow 3-4 hours to enjoy the views of the house, and the amazing gardens. It is across from Bellagio, 10 minutes by boat.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

With its grand stairway, balustrades, gardens and fountains, Villa Carlotta grabs your eyes immediately. A ticket of 9 Euro allows you to enjoy the gardens and the house itself. With the ticket you will get a small brochure in several languages, including English. Yet, it doesn’t say much about the place itself.

It was a rainy day at the end of October and I spent more time inside the house. The villa has some notable artworks, and you might need more than an hour to wander over the two floors and see them. After I got inside I managed to latch onto the back of the guided tour. The lady doing it said some interesting things about the sculptures and paintings on display.

The most intriguing work for me was the original Antonio Canova’s masterpiece, “Palamedes”. As the guide said, with Palamedes Canova created a perfect body of a man with great beauty of form and countenance (it brings to mind Michelangelo’s David). If you have a look carefully, you will notice some crack lines over his leg. Shortly after its completion, when the sculpture was still in the Canova’s atelier in Rome, it felt down to the ground because of a flood, and was broken into many pieces. Canova personally restored it, between 1806 and 1808.

There are also other works by Canova such as the replica of his “Eros and Psyche” (beautifully created by one of the best of his students, Adamo Tadolini), and the beautiful and penitent Magdalen in a kneeling posture (the original is located in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg).

One of the rooms hosts another beautiful sculpture “Eros Provides Two Doves with Drink”. (Later on, I learned that it was work by Luigi Beinhaime).

Amongst the paintings my highlight was the large oil painting “Virgil reading the Aeneid to Emperor Augustus“ by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Wicar: in front of the emperor Augustus, the poet Virgil is reading his poem; Octavia, Augustus' sister, faints while she's listening to the verses that evoke in her mind the death of her son and Augustus stops the reading. The expression of pain of the woman (Octavia) provokes your curiosity to learn about the story of the painting.

The gardens are marvellous. It is a joy to wander around mazes with beautiful plants and trees. May be because it was at the end of the tourist season, it wasn’t very busy. We had a great time enjoying the gardens’ beauty and serenity.

The Villa offers stunning views over the other side of Lake Como – you can see Bellagio and Villa Melzi. Villa Melzi is located right opposite Villa Carlotta and it was interesting to learn that there was a competition between the owners of the two villas, Duke Francesco Melzi and Giambattista Sommariva. Both men were also political rivals. Competition was for good – it led to continual embellishment of both residences and gardens. It is quite funny to imagine how these two men spied on each other across the lake.

We reached the villa by car; there are many car parks around the harbour so it was easy to find a free space. However, I imagine that when it’s busy it could well be a challenge.
Enjoy it!

Thank niki101
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Beautiful gardens and views, lovingly kept and described. really enjoyed the varied habitats created on the escarpment by lake Como.

Thank Gerda L
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Visited here in November so the gardens were not at their most colourful.
However, we were still impressed with them - very extensive, varied and tranquil.
the villa has a super location overlooking lake Como.
We found the interior of the villa very interesting - staff were helpful too.
Well worth the 9 euro admission.
In my opinion much better value than Villa Melzi across the lake.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Wonderful gardens, take your time and enjoy the views of the lake. We went later on, avoided the crowds and had a nice cold beer to finish!

Thank JonP45
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