The Garden


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



Villa Carlotta’s spring undoubtedly offers an unequaled setting with the blooms of azaleas and rhododendrons that make it famous all over the world, nevertheless the other seasons of the year are a source of true wonder for the alternation of colors and scents.

On sunny days it looks that the green of the trees and meadows and the colors of the flowers are almost 'solid', vivid to the point of leaving their mark in the memory.

We are looking forward to telling you our garden stories.

Not to be missed

Le Hydrangeae

Palloni colorati si spargono nelle aree più ombreggiate del giardino... sono le Hydrangeae, comunemente conosciute come ortensie.

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Due rose speciali

Il mese delle rose è per antonomasia maggio, ma anche a giugno è ancora possibile sentire il loro profumo: in questo fioritissimo 2020 vogliamo raccontarvi di due cultivar ospitate a Villa Carlotta ed entrambe create in omaggio alla bellezza.

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Conosciute urbi et orbi per la loro fioritura abbondante, rendono famoso il giardino di Villa Carlotta grazie ai colori e all’abbondanza con cui producono boccioli che, una volta maturi, le ricoprono addirittura mascherandone il verde fogliame.

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The Rhododendrons

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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