The Villa reached its heyday during the ownership of the ambitious leader and admirer of painting and sculpture Jean Battista Sommariva. He turned the villa into a unique masterpiece, enriching it with art works of Canova, Thorwaldsen and Haes. "The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet," "Cupid and Psyche" and many other works have transformed the villa into the temple of art.
In 1843, the villa changed the host again and came to the hands of the Duke of Saxe-Meningenom, a passionate lover of botany. Duke filled the garden plants from around the world, turning it into a paradise, where there is a shaded valley of ferns and rock garden, a bamboo forest with babbling brooks and orange avenue, a Lebanese cedar and pine Douglas, needles which smell like an apple. The current form corresponds to the original garden of that time. The garden is especially beautiful in spring. In March, it offers a parade of flowering camellias, which has more than a hundred species. In April and early May rhododendrons and azaleas bloom. They are about 150 species and they are the main attraction of the garden.
The museum and gardens of the villa are open to the public for visiting and for conducting wedding ceremonies on the lake Como.
The civil ceremony is celebrated in the garden with lake view from Monday to Friday from h 10:00 a.m. to h 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from h 10:00 a.m. to h 12:00 a.m.. In winter time or in case of bad weather the ceremony could be celebrated in the Chalks Hall of the villa.
The Villa Carlotta is not allowed for wedding banquets, but it's allowed for wedding cocktails.
The best time for weddings on the Lake Como is from April to early fall.