We had moved on to Lake Como and were staying in Cadenabbia. Just a few hundred yards from our hotel was the beautiful Villa Carlotta.
The Villa was built in at the end of the 17th century for the Marquis Clerici from Milan and later became the property of Count Sommariva who married Clerici’s daughter. In 1856 the villa was sold to Princess Marina of Prussia who gave it to her daughter Carlotta as a wedding present.
The gardens at the front of the house are laid out in Italian style.
To the side and rear of the house the gardens have a more English feel and were full of colour.
The gardens are famous for the blooming of the Azaleas but we were too late in the season.
The inside of the house was very interesting with paintings by Hayaz, Vikar and Lordon. There are also sculptures by Canova and Thorwaldsen together with important tapestries.
Photography was allowed inside the house but not the use of flash. However I did manage to get a few images.
The full tour took us two hours and was an ideal way to spend the morning.