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Villa Carlotta at lake Como | by antonioVi (Antonio Vidigal)
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Villa Carlotta at lake Como

Villa Carlotta is a villa in Northern Italy on Lake Como. It was built for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and extends over a 70,000 m² area in Tremezzo, facing the Bellagio peninsula. The villa is surrounded by n Italian garden, with steps, fountains and sculptures.

The architect who designed the villa is unknown. It was completed in 1745, and remained in the hands of marquis Clerici until 1795, when it passed by marriage to the banker and Napoleonic politician Giambattista Sommariva, who added a pediment and clock. In 1843 it was given as a wedding present by Princess Marianna of Prussia to her daughter Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, after whom the villa is named.


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Taken on August 8, 2009