The Museum Botanical Garden of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo is a place of rare beauty where masterpieces of nature and human ingenuity are stored and live together in harmony in 70,000 square meters of gardens and museum halls.
The history of Villa Carlotta says that the house was commissioned by the Marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1600. Impressive but simple, the building sits in a natural basin between Lake Como and the mountains, in front of a breathtaking scenery of Grignes and Bellagio, and is surrounded by a garden. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the villa saw its peak with the next owner, Gian Battista Sommariva, which enriched it with the art of Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez and transformed the garden into an extraordinary romantic park.
During the mid-nineteenth century, the property was donated to Charlotte of Prussia at the wedding with George II of Sachsen- Meiningen, who was fond of botany and strove for the enrichment of vast landscaped garden, today an historical and natural masterpiece.
The park of Villa Carlotta is especially beautiful in spring when over 150 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas bloom. However, any time of the year is suitable for a visit to this beautiful botanical garden, which among ancient varieties of camellias, cedar and redwood trees, huge plane trees and exotic plants offers visitors a very suggestive succession of environments.