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Once again, I'd like to show you an extraordinary Italian gem that I found while travelling to discover Italy with my personal touch!
Surrounded by a beautiful Italian garden, Villa Carlotta was built in 1600.
Two hundred years later, in the mid nineteenth century, the property was purchased by the German princess Marianna di Nassau and donated to her daughter Charlotte of Prussia, to which the Villa due its name, as a gift for the marriage with the Grand Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen.
Well educated and charming Princess Charlotte had a talent for music and so, in addition to the piano, she composed a series of military marches, songs and pieces for piano.
Just 19 years Carlotta met the Duke George of Saxony-Meiningen which fell madly in love: they married right away and during the five years of marriage, Charlotte and George had four children .
However, the beautiful young princess died early at the age of 23 giving birth to the fourth child, who died the day after his birth.
Carlotta was hugely loved by her husband who, in her memory, preserved and adorned the Villa that was supposed to always remind her.
The Villa still welcomes at the second floor furniture, objects, paintings that tell the taste of living in the Villa of the couple.
At the first floor you can admire sculptures by Canova and his school, as the Muse Terpsichore, Palamedes and Cupid and Psyche lying, and paintings by great painters, including Hayez with his super romantic "Last Farewell of Romeo and Juliet".
The gardens of Villa Carlotta are so gorgeus: the large Italian garden with tall hedges in geometric cut, railings and balustrades, statues and fountains belong seventeenth age.
The structure of the English garden and valuable trees of exceptional proportions belong to the next Romantic period .
The imposing masses of rhododendrons, azaleas and rare species dates back to the end of the nineteenth century: it makes Villa Carlotta an amazing botanical garden.
Enchanting and beautiful Villa Carlotta is a must-see destination: leisure me, this is my tourism!