A morning at Villa Carlotta.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The full tour took us two hours and was an ideal way to spend the morning.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to A morning at Villa Carlotta.

  1. Marie Moran says:

    We visited Villa Carlotta while staying at Lake Como a few years ago now. Lovely seeing your photos. Are you there now or are these photos from a past visit?

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    We were there just a few weeks ago, staying in the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia. Lake Como is so beautiful.

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