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Villa Carlotta

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The stunning Villa Carlotta was built at the end of the 17th century by Giorgio II Clerici to celebrate the success of his family.

Two centuries later the building was bought by the Princess Marianne of the Netherlands as a wedding gift for her daughter Carlotta, from here the name Villa Carlotta! The new owner enriched the gardens and they created what today it is considered a  park of extraordinary environmental and historical value.

After the end of the World War I the Villa passed under the control of the Rotary Club; a foundation was created in order to maintain it and give the public the opportunity to visit it all year round.

Today Villa Carlotta houses a beautiful museum. Thanks to one of its owners the Villa in fact can count on a vast collection of art pieces. Many Canova’s masterpieces are displayed here. On the second floor of the Villa it is possible to admire the furniture and art pieces brought here by Princess Marianne during the second half of the 19th century.

Things to see

After the museum’s visit it is time to get lost in the lovely park that surround Villa Carlotta. The rhododendrons’ and azaleas’ spring flowering created a unique scenario that attract many visitors every year. However due to the incredible number of different plants and flowers species it is possible to enjoy the park all year round. The Bamboos Garden for example showcases more than 25 different variety of bamboos, while the Rhododendrons Wood has no equal except for the woods of the Himalayan Mountains!