Villa Carlotta is only a short stroll from Tremezzo but it has a boat landing stage of its own if you prefer.There are plenty of villas around Lake Como that can be visited but Villa Carlotta is, without doubt, one of the most popular.It was built in the 17th century for a powerful Milanese family called the Clericis, but it was Gian Battista...more
The short walk from Cadenabbia to Tremezzo and back is quite pleasant, and on the lakeside, is completely paved. I'd found heading, out of my hotel, in the opposite direction involved a few stretches where there was no pavement and 'blind corners' where I couldn't see approaching traffic. It is a busy road!I'd spotted metal discs (pic 2) at...more
Guidebooks recommend visiting the gardens of the Villa Carlotta in spring, but my wife and I can attest to its autumnal beauty as well. Its mountainside setting and panoramic views of Lake Como are what set these gardens apart from other gardens visited in the past. Open April through OctoberSee more of my photos from the villa and gardens in a...more
The Villa Carlotta and its gardens (covered in separate tip) were a short, easy walk from our lodging in Cadenabbia. We had arrived at Lake Como on the previous day in a steady downpour, but the day of our visit to the villa was glorious, great for photography and clear views of the lake and surrounding mountains.The villa was built in the late...more
Inside the villa you will find a small gallery with several sculptures. Some are also in the hallways and front garden, near the entrance. It's a classical feature in all wealthy villas.Among the statues there is also Amor and Psyche (Amore e Psiche giacenti) from 18th century by Antonio Canova - click on the last picture to see. The copies exist...more
The villa inside is a typical wealthy family villa, nice furniture, rooms for each occasion, fantastic views from the windows and balconies, statues... It's made with a taste, and not overcrowded like baroque villas (that I completely dislike!)There are three floors if I remember well, and there is a lift, and spiral stairs. I added several photos...more
The gardens of Villa Carlotta are the most famous in the area, and on the lake most definitely so. It's full of corners to hide and romance :)), as it's like a labyrinth, with lots of passages, trails and all in flowers. There are wonderful viewpoints along the way, with a sight on the lake, and Bellagio on the other side.more
Of course, the first and most wanted, and perhaps the only :)) must see in Tremezzo is Villa Carlotta. It's definitely the most famous villa on the lake Como and the most beautiful one. The road passes just in front of it, and its entrance starts already from the lake, pompous stairs! Later leading to the big front yard with fountains and...more
Carol is a wonderful and knowledgeable gardener and as such was looking forward to experiencing the local garden plantings. Driving along the main roads we routinely saw palms and oleander which would never make it in our garden. When we roamed about the gardens at Villa Carlotta, however, a different picture developed.Sure there was plenty of...more
All the food here was freshly cooked to order and absolutely wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners Lorenzo and Franca and they even opened early for us on a Sunday morning so that we could have a spectacular smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast! The star dish has to be the Trout - pan fried, served with saute potatoes and vegetables. One of my friend's was so impressed with this dish that she chose it four nights in a row!!
Favorite Dish: The Trout (see above) but also the melt in the mouth steaks and the melon and parma ham.
Near the entrance to the Villa Carlotta, there is a small souvenir shop, selling postcards, artifacts, flower seeds, stationer and other souvenirs. There are also postcards with seed flowers in an authentic outlook, try them out! You can send them to smeone and then, that person can grow flowers directly from Villa Carlotta!
There are lots of benches all over Villa Carlotta botanitcal gardens, very suitable for relaxing, reflecting, or simply enjoying the beauty of the place. SOme are in the hidden corners, small plateaus just popping out from the exuberant vegetation, and some are on the wide open plain areas. Whatever you choose, you're guaranteed tranquility and an...more