• THE BEST GARDENS TOUR

THE BEST GARDENS TOUR.en

     

 

DAY 1: Arrival at Turin airport. Meet and greet. Transfer by private coach to your hotel. Time at leisure, dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: Transfer by private coach  to Venaria Reale; visit   the famous Savoy residence (one of the most famous in Piedmont) and its beautiful gardens which include rose pergolas, flower gardens, ponds, and water gardens. The garden was completely destroyed in the 19th century but etchings and drawings of the original garden were used in creating the new garden. The new garden has the same lines and proportions as the old garden but has a more contemporary style. In the gardens are the remains of a Temple of Diana, grottoes, foundation of a Hercules fountain, and supporting wall from the original garden. Lunch at the restaurant. In the early afternoon transfer to the  Burcina Park,  a landscape historical garden established around 1850 by Piacenza family near Biella (1 hour journey time). It extends over an area of 57 hectares.  The most attractive part of of Burcina Park is the rhododendron valley, extending over a surface of about 2 hectares and blooming around the half of May.  At the end departure to Lake Maggiore. Accommodation at your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: Buffet breakfast. Departure to Stresa by private bus. Meet your guide and embarkation on the boat to Isola Bella. Visit the baroque palace of the '600 and charming Italian garden which made the island famous in the world.  Built from 1632, the Palace and Gardens of Bella Isle, are the primary attraction of Lake Maggiore. The gardens form an extraordinary, flowered monument laid out over a series of ornate and overlapping terraces, a classic and inimitable example of seventeenth century "Italian garden". At the end the tour goes on to the Isola  Pescatori (Fisherman Island). It is occupied almost entirely by an antique, rustic, village, from the tortuous and narrow lanes and  preserves the flavour of old age. Lunch at typical restaurant. In the afternoon departure to Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromean  Islands. Its gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers, helping to create the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea, rhododendron, and camellia blossoms and also for a rarities such  as a spectacular Kashmir cypress and palm Jubaeae Spectabilis that reached the venerable age of 125. Go back  to Stresa by boat and then by bus to your  hotel. Dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 4: Buffet breakfast. Departure by private coach to Verbania (western shore of Lake Maggiore). Meet the guide and visit  Villa Taranto.  “A beautiful garden does not need to be big, but it should be the realization of one’s dream, even though it is only a couple of square metres large and it is situated on a balcony”. So explained Captain Neil Mc Eacharn, the man who created these marvellous gardens. Many thousands of plants, brought from the far corners of the world, and rare collections, some of them unique in Europe and acclimatized after long laborious efforts, have been arranged with art in this beautiful setting, between the mountains and the lake.  Lunch at your own. In the afternoon departure to Stresa and visit the beautiful park of Villa Pallavicino created in 1800. The park occupies an area of 20 hectares between bloomed, trees and a beautiful botanical garden. The main attraction of the park consists of the animals. You can observe more than 40 species of exotic birds and mammals (llamas, kangaroos, zebras, flamingos), who live in wide open spaces. Back  to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Buffet breakfast. Departure by private bus to Bisuschio (Varese area) Meet the guide and visit Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, house conceived and built during the Renaissance. The house is U-shaped and open on the two arms of a perfect Italian gardens closed in the back by a stone wall spongy likely memory of Florence Castle caves, carved niches and flanked by two fishes. After the visit transfer to Laveno Mombello and visit a private garden. The park covers 7 hectares, the lake providing an unparalleled view of Stresa and the Borromean Islands framed by mountains. You can see an endless variety of rare plant species. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Como lake. Accommodation at your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: Buffet breakfast. Departure towards the western shore of lake of Como. Arrival in Cernobbio. Meet the guide and visit the beautiful park of Villa D’Este, The design of the lower part of the gardens is from the Renaissance period. The two most outstanding landmarks are the 500 year old plane tree and the 16th century Mosaic with its Nympheum. Apart from the topiary hedges and the bushes of bamboo, azaleas, camellias, oleanders, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, there are roses and jasmine bushes. The trees range from chestnut, magnolia, oleafragrans, wisteria, palm, cypress, pine, ilex, privet, mediar to many others. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon departure to  Lenno  to visit the splendid villa Balbianello (now owned by FAI, Environment Fund). Built for the Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini in the late eighteenth century, the villa stands on a promontory overlooking Lake Como, almost opposite Bellagio. The real masterpiece is the panoramic terraced garden dominated by the elegant loggia with three arches which stands on the highest point of the promontory. After the visit the tour goes on  to Tremezzo, where you can admire the splendid Villa Carlotta a place of rare beauty, where the chef d'oeuvre of nature and art live together in perfect harmony: the rock garden, the valley of ferns, the forest of rhododendrons, the garden of bamboo and many others. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight

 

DAY 7: Buffet breakfast. Departure by private coach to the eastern shore of Lake Como. Arrival in Varenna. Meet the guide and visit Villa Monastero. A balcony with a breathtaking view over the lake, a lush botanical garden abounding in exotic plants, a house adorned with eclectic decorations and architecture. This is Villa Monastero. Initially an ancient Cistercian  monastery, later a patrician residence, today the villa is a house-museum where both the interior and the gardens are open to visitors. At the end departure to Bellagio.  Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon visit the gardens of Villa Serbelloni, a large park in which winds over 18 km of paths and trails that often offer a panoramic view of the lake leaving enchanted by the beauty and grandeur. Then  transfer to Villa Melzi. Visit the park which  was built between 1811 and 1815; the first example of English garden made on the lake. Apparently the natural distribution of plants was the result of extensive studies to enhance the illusion of backgrounds and distances. At the end departure towards Garda lake. Accommodation at  your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 8: Buffet breakfast. Departure to Valeggio sul Mincio where Sigurtà Park is located.  This park-garden has an area of 560,000 square meters and extends to the margins of the moraine hills. Takes its origin from the Garden of Villa Maffei (by Pellesina, a pupil of Palladio - 1617), and in 1859 was the headquarters of Napoleon III. In forty years of loving care, Charles Sigurtà , by using an ancient right to draw water from the river Mincio, performed the miracle of turning the lush arid hillside. Subsequently, the grandson Enzo has created a prototype of Park-Garden. In spring the Sigurtà Garden offers visitors, the slow awakening of nature. Starts in March with the flowering of the cross, Violets and Daffodils. The lawns and woodlands are coloured with variegated shades of green glow under the first rays of sun. With the arrival of April and May, the park is enriched with new colours, absolute protagonists are the  large blooms as thousands of tulips, irises and roses adorn the many vantage points of the garden, offering unforgettable views and different every day. By the autumn the park has something for really spectacular. The Aster, recent timing of large blooms, blue light of the Great Lawn, creating a thick wall that seems to be confused with the blue hue of the horizon. The Japanese Maples surprise visitors with unparalleled explosion of colours: from red to orange, from pink to coral to yellow, Nature flaunts herself before the final curtain falls the winter. Lunch at your own and departure towards  Padova. Accommodation at your 4 * hotel. Dinner and overnight

 

DAY 9: Buffet breakfast. In the morning visit the  famous botanical garden (UNESCO HERITAGE) founded in 1545. It is the oldest university botanical garden of the world still existing . It was established   for the cultivation of medicinal plants, which then constituted the vast majority of “simples”. The Garden, for the rarity of the plant contents and the price of medicines derived from them, was the subject of ongoing thefts at night, despite the severe penalties (fines, imprisonment, exile) for those who had caused damage. He was then quickly built a wall round (hence the names of Hortus sphaericus, or Hortus cinctus, or Hortus conclusus). The garden was enriched with plants from around the world and especially from countries where the Republic of Venice had possessions, or trade, for this reason Padua had a prominent place in the introduction and study of many exotic species . The architecture of the Garden underwent changes at different times and enrichment, but not substantially altered the original plan. Today the building houses the ground floor space for exhibition museum on the first floor Library historical archives of the Botanical Garden and Herbarium, and the second floor of the Garden and local management for the storage of seeds . Lunch at restaurant and departure to Stra ( not far from Padua) . Visit Villa Pisani   one of the most significant examples of a Venetian villa along the Riviera del Brenta. The tour of the villa allows to visit the whole piano nobile containing almost thirty rooms with frescoes, paintings and original furniture, an unique case for a historic mansion. The life in the villa, described by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni as a place of "great fun, served meals, dance and shows", was painted in a large number of eighteenth century rooms: the room of the Triumph of Bacchus, celebration of the god of wine and music; the room of holiday, which gives an incisive interpretation of relationship between ladies and cavaliers in the century of Casanova; the room of the arts and so on. The ballroom - at the centre of the villa- displays the greatest magnificence. Giambattista Tiepolo, leading exponent of rococo painting, on the ceiling of the room painted The Glory of the Pisani Family, a luminous allegoric fresco where figures softly lie on pink clouds, in the air against a background of a infinite, clear sky. The Villa Pisani Garden was awarded “The Most Beautiful Gardens in Italy” prize in 2008. The Garden covers a whole bend of the Brenta river, an area of 11 hectares and a perimeter of about 1500 metres. It was planned by the Paduan architect Girolamo Frigimelica de’ Roberti and laid out when the villa was not yet built. The architect is the author of the famous maze and of some original lodges as the exedra, with two wisteria-covered passageways at the sides, the turret at the centre of the maze and the stables in the background of the large inner parterre. In the eighteenth century the breathtaking sight was embellished with embroideries with huge statues at the sides. The garden is arranged with long perspectives following the French model used by André Le Nôtre at Versailles and the traditional fenced garden of Veneto, open through portals and windows which extend the sight on the Brenta river. The elegant eighteenth century Coffee House, rounded by a ring of water, lies on a small artificial hill, used to keep ice during hot season. During Napoleon’s power, a small wood was added westward and ornamental kitchen-gardens were changed into orangery. The feature of the Austrian nineteenth century is the great care for potted and outdoor plants using greenhouses and big trees, before the twentieth century revival brought in long box hedges and the large basin of the parterre. In 1839 the second ice-box was built, west of the stables, among the trees of the small wood. An artificial hill was built in the east area in 1853, following the unsuccessful attempt to emperor Francis Joseph’s life by a Hungarian nationalist, as says the inscription on the commemorative obelisk. At the end back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 10: Buffet breakfast. Departure to Castelfranco Veneto, close Treviso and visit the Historical Park Corner-Revedin-Bolasco,  known for its art-historical event but also significant from the point of botanical. Among the species, a large proportion belongs to municipalities and entities frequently encountered in historic garden in northern Italy (Prunus lauro-cerasus, Taxus baccata, Cedrus deodara ....), and some small but not negligible, belongs instead entities worthy of note. Some are significant as rare or infrequent in historical gardens (Abies cephalonica, Prunus myrabolana, Gymnocladus dioicus, altaclarensis Ilex, Liquidambar orientalis, Ulmus procera). Others are worthy of note but common as separate individuals represented here by the ancient and majestic oak (Quercus robur, Carpinus betulus, Platanus acerifolia, Taxodium distichum, Celtis australis and others). Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon the tour goes on towards  Asolo. Nestling in an enchanting hilly landscape, Asolo is one of the best-known and loveliest villages in Italy. Called “the city of a hundred horizons “its charm exudes from the beauty of the views from all directions. The concept of a "widespread museum" finds one of its best expressions in this place. The clearly medieval imprint of Asolo Huddles within the ancient walls e and is dominated by the Fortress, an imposing medieval construction built on Mount Ricco to guard the city. Central Piazza Garibaldi with its sixteenth-century fountain might be considered the heart of the city; from here you are within a short walk of some of Asolo's main monuments: The Castle fortress in the Middle Ages that was home to Caterina Cornaro and her Renaissance court with the characteristic original Reata towers today houses the theatre dedicated to Eleonora Duse. The medieval Cathedral, historical seat of the bishop reworked in the Eighteenth century to a design by Giorgio Masari, contains important works by Lorenzo Lotto (Assunta), Jacopo da Ponte, known as the Bassano, (Assunta) and Sebastiano Bastiani (San Girolamo). On the Northeast side of the adjacent Piazza Brugnoli, where the Roman baths were to be found in ancient times, you can visit the last stretch of the Roman aqueduct called "la Bot". Back to the hotel; dinner  and overnight.

 

DAY 11: Buffet breakfast. Departure to Venice or Verona airport.  End of service.

 

Rate per person

 in double room

 

15 pax

20 pax

25 pax

30 pax

35 pax

40 pax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ 1.480,00

€ 1.400,00

€ 1.320,00

€ 1.240,00

€ 1.160,00

€ 1.080,00

 

Supplement SNG

 

€ 320,00

 

  • THE RATES INCLUDE:

 

  • Private BUS for 10 days
  • Accommodation at  good hotels 4* (1 night Turin area, 3 nights lake Maggiore area, 2 nights Lake Como area + 1 night lake Garda area + 3 nights  Padova area)   in DBL with bathroom
  • HB basis
  • Lunches as per our program
  • Private boat to the Borromean Islands
  • Admission at private garden (Laveno Mombello)
  • Meeting & Greeting at the Airport
  • Vat and service charge

 

THE RATE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Meals not included, drinks, entrance fees, gratuities and extras
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in "Rate includes"

 

ADMISSIONS:

 

  • Venaria Reale                                   €      4.00 gardens only (min. 12 pax)

                                                                 €    14.00 palace and gardens (min. 12 pax)

  • Parco Burcina                                   €      4.00 (guided tour included)
  • Isola Bella /Isola Madre                    €     21.00 -    €  17.00 (min. 18 pax)
  • Villa Carlotta                                   €     10.00      €      8.00 (min. 20 pax)
  • Villa Balbaniello                               €     10.00 gardens only
  •                                                       €     16.00 palace and gardens (max 15 pax -     booking in advance required)
  • Villa D’Este                                      €    45.00 Entrance fee with coffee break
  • Villa Monastero                               €      3.00   gardens only (min. 10 pax)

                                                                 €      5.00   palace and gardens (min. 10 pax) 

  •    Villa Pallavicino Stresa                  €    7.00 (min. 20 pax)
  •    Villa Cicogna                                €   10.00 (included guided tour – only Sunday)
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  •    Private Villa  in Laveno                 €  200.00 visit with agronomist (optional)
  •                                                       €    10.00 Entrance fees (min. 10 pax)
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  •  Parco Sigurtà                                 €    12.50
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  •  Orto Botanico di Padova                €      8.00  (for groups over 10 pax)
  •  Villa Pisani                                     €     10.00  (villa and gardens)
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  •  Villa Bolasco                                  €       3.00  (for groups over 20 pax.. to be reconfirmed) 

 

 

This program is based on timetables, exchanges, transport fees, ground services costs into force on  March 2017. Any increase of the tariffs will be reflected in the price of services