Gardens of Florence and Tuscany

Tuscany represents the archetypal image of Italy with elegant villas and gardens, rollings vineyards and the beauty of Renaissance Florence

European Tour

7 days from £1,795 pp


Tours dates
  • 9 May; 31 August 2017

Highlights


  • Boboli Garden
  • Bardini Garden
  • Fiesole gardens - Gamberaia and Centinale
  • Chianti vineyard tour
  • Florence Iris Festival and Villa Medicea (May only)
  • Lucca Murabilia and Lucca Botanical Garden (September only)

Overview

We begin in the tranquil surroundings of the Giardino Corsini, which is off the main tourist trail and tends to be less crowded. Dating back to 1594, the garden was commissioned by an aristocrat with a passion for botany and later skillfully adorned with statues that make it seem larger than it is.

We continue with the gardens of Boboli, one of the most famous in the region and Bardini with its great flight of steps leading to the belvedere with expansive views over Florence. 

Travelling out into the rolling hills of Tuscany, we visit Fiesole, where our destinations include Villa Gamberaia, one of the most celebrated Italian gardens with its box hedges, topiary, yew pillars and stunning flower beds.

We tour a fine nursery near Florence with the afternoon at leisure to explore some of Florence's renowned art galleries and churches.

We will enjoy another day in the Tuscan hinterland as we visit the Villa Centinale and tour a Chianti vineyard. 

Our spring departure is timed to coincide with the Iris festival (dependent on flowering conditions), which we visit along with the Villa Medicea di Castello, while our September holiday includes a visit to the Murabilia Garden Festival, paired with a visit to the botanical garden in Lucca.

What's included

  • Six nights bed and breakfast at a four-star hotel in Florence
  • Dinner and a welcome drink on the first night
  • Flights from London to Florence (other airports available on request)
  • Visits to the gardens of Corsini, Boboli, Bardini, Gamberaia and Centinale
  • Pistoia Innocenti Nursery
  • Chianti vineyard tour
  • Villa Medicea and Iris Festival (May only)
  • Murabilia and Lucca Botanical Garden (September only)

What's not included

  • Single room supplement: £420
  • Insurance: £45 (under 65); £90 (65-74); £135 (75+)

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  • Other departure airports available on request.

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Guest Speaker |Sabatino Urzo - May

Sabatino comes from a farming family where his passion for gardening started at a very young age. Following university, he trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. He has been at RHS Garden Wisley since 2010 where he is a member of the trials department. Having previously hosted RHS tours to the Italian Lakes, Rome and Naples, Sabatino has helped to create this holiday and it includes many of his favourite gardens.

Guest Speaker |Andrew Fisher-Tomlin - August

Andrew is Chairman of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show selection panel and teaches on the RHS Diploma at RHS Garden Wisley. As Director of the London College of Garden Design based in Kew Gardens, we're delighted he will be bringing his design expertise to this tour. 

As well as designing in the UK, he has worked extensively overseas and in recent years this has included gardens in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and Japan as well as Europe.

He is known for his use of more unusual exotic plants in the UK which is partly fuelled by his love of Mediterranean and tropical gardens. Andrew has also created gardens both in the south near Naples and in the north by Lake Garda.

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