The Garden

FYI

The Botanical Garden is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Tickets include entry to the Museum. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Almost the entire garden is accessible to disabled persons, although some paths slope upwards. We have a bookshop, a café and a picnic area. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on the leash.

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The Italian Garden

The Romantic Garden

Agricultural section

Spring Flowering

The Villa Carlotta park is stunning in all seasons, but the best time of all is Spring, when visitors from all over the world are delighted by the camelias, azaleas and rhododendrons. In the Italian garden’s flowerbeds, visitors will be delighted by horned violets and hybrid pansies in a thousand hues, but also forget-me-nots (Myosotis ssp.), and late-flowering tulips.

Then the increasingly intense warm weather of our springs forces us to replace the contents of the flowerbeds with new colourful blooms.

To find out what will replace the violets and the forget-me-nots, stay in touch!

Not to be missed

Camellias

Le Camelie sono una delle glorie di Villa Carlotta. Preparati alla visita raccogliento informazioni utili e curiosità

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The Italian Garden

The structure dates back to the time the villa was built. This section of the park is clearly laid out as a formal or Italianate garden: a symmetrical axis runs through it from the gate to the clock on the roof of the building; hedges trimmed into shape; fountains and water features; statues, box beds to form geometric elements; terraces closed by stone balustrades and connected by stairs.

These characteristics blend well with the philosophy of the time, the 1700s, the century of the Enlightenment, a period in which reason prevailed over sentiment and it is humankind to dominate Nature.

The Romantic Garden

Agricultural Section

This part of the park is completely different from the rest and was once used for agricultural production that supplied the villa with food and supported the sharecropper families who tended the land. A description is already found on an ancient map dating back to the early nineteenth century, showing an area planted with vines, olive trees and mulberries.

Today there is still visible evidence of these ancient cultivations in the south-facing terraces, and it is still possible to admire age-old olive trees, flanked by new specimens that will become the Villa Carlotta olive grove as they grow. The intention is to tell the story of how the Lake Como landscape has been forged by agricultural practices over the millennia (olives have been cultivated on the lake since Roman times) and to promote Lario olive-growing as an agricultural practice of excellence and a resource for the local economy.

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