Visit Villa Carlotta
Artistic masterpieces and beautiful gardens make this historic Lake Como villa unforgettable
On the western shore of Lake Como in Lombardy, northern Italy, the village of Tremezzo sits beneath wooded hills backed by the spectacular Grigna Massif of the Dolomite Mountains. Directly facing the southern peninsula of the lake upon which the popular resort of Bellagio is situated, Tremezzo enjoys stunning panoramic views of the mountains, hills and lakes.
In itself, this outstanding natural beauty is sufficient justification for visiting Tremezzo but it is the village's wealth of grand villas and palaces dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that has secured Tremezzo's reputation as one of the most famous and popular destinations in this region of Lake Como.
The jewel in Tremezzo's crown is Villa Carlotta; a magnificent neoclassical palace built for the Marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and set in a seventeen-acre lakeside estate. In the nineteenth century the villa's last owner, Giambattista Sommariva, a wealthy politician and art enthusiast, turned Villa Carlotta into a museum to showcase his extensive collections. Among the many masterpieces on display today are several marble statues by the celebrated Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova, reliefs by Danish sculptor Bertel Thordwalsen, paintings by Italy's foremost artist of Romanticism, Francesco Hayez and works by a host of other Italian and European masters, as well as period furniture and numerous antiquities from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.