The Villa is much older than the name it bears and made it famous all over the world: its building was commissioned by the Marquis Giulio 2nd Clerici, Lord Chancellor in Milan, in 1694. The construction works and the garden were completed in 1741 by his great grandson Antonio Giorgio, grandee of Spain. In 1847 the Villa was named after Princess Carlotta; she received it as a wedding present from her mother the Princess Marianna of Netherland, Prince Albert of Prussia’s wife.

Young and unlucky Carlotta died only a few months after her wedding. Afterwards German princes considered the Villa an exclusive holiday residence and addressed their taste and their creative instinct to the large park, creating Nordic views and purely exotic corners. Apart from the impressive sight of azaleas blooming, there is a small portion of the garden called “reef” which reproduces a painter’s palette with a remarkable floral chromatism. Needless to say that art found its worthy collocation in the garden and in the rooms of the Villa: from Hayez’s pictures to Canova’s sculptures. The relationship between art and the noble residence has always been very close.

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