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Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo, Italy
Tel: 39 0344 40 405
Concierge.com's insider take:
This Baroque villa built in 1743 is best known for its art, a magnificent collection that includes neoclassical sculptures by Canova and Tadolini as well as Romantic paintings like Francesco Hayez's Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet. The botanical gardens are spectacular: 17 acres planted with more than 500 exotic species including camellia, laurel, rhododendron, papyrus, bamboo, bananas, citrus trees, and more than 150 varieties of azalea.
Open daily 9 am to 6 pm March 15 through 31 and April to September, and all October from 9 am to noon and 2 to 4:30 pm.