This years garden tour to Florence & Fiesole was a huge success. New garden tours for 2020 will be announced soon.
The Medici family, rulers of Florence throughout the Renaissance, made some of the most incredible gardens in Italy. We will be visiting Villa Medici, one of their earliest properties in Fiesole on the outskirts of Florence. In the 19th century this terraced garden with wonderful views of the city was to be the childhood home of the writer, Iris Origo. Her mother engaged the architect Cecil Pinsent to work on the villa and the garden. We shall be investigating his work here and at other locations including Villa Le Balze and Villa Gamberaia.
A day trip will take us outside Florence to discover more Medici gardens including Villa Castello, the countryside home of Cosimo I de’ Medici, with its wonderful pots of lemons and the newly restored, beautiful grotto of animals. We’ll visit the Appennino Colossus (by Giambolgna) at Pratolino and the Utens lunettes of the Medici gardens which are now held at Villa Petraia, before finishing the day off with a viewing of the Pontormo frescoes of Poggio a Caiano.
Our tour will also take us to some private gardens in Florence including visits with the owners at the incredible Gardini Torrrigiani and the gardens of Corsini al Prato. There will be an exclusive visit to the home of the Actons at Villa La Pietra, which is now owned by Georgetown University. No tour of Florence would be complete without a visit to the Boboli and the Bardini gardens.
Included in Tour Cost
Four nights in Florence at a four star hotel.
All guided tours by The Garden Historians (Deborah Trentham) and one other local expert guide to approximately fifteen gardens, many of which are privately owned.
All breakfasts and two lunches.
A special talk and guided tour by a Medici historian.
Airport transfers (x2) on arrival at Florence airport and to return you to meet your flight.
All coaches & cabs to the gardens and their entrance fees.
We are adding the finishing touches to a full day by day itinerary which will be published here shortly.
NB - We insist that you take out your own comprehensive travel insurance.
Not included in Tour cost
Other meals not mentioned above.
Any travel you undertake not mentioned above.
The cost of the tour varies depending on your hotel room choice in Florence.
Four nights with breakfast 24- 28th April 2019.
Tour with single room £1100.00
Tour with double room £1149.00
Tour with Superior double room £1298.00
Tour with deluxe double room £1376.00 - SOLD OUT
Please note the final cost of your tour may be adjusted by fluctuations in currency exchange rates between today 31/12/18 and 27/2/19 when the balance of your tour will be required.
24th-28th April 2019
£250.00 must be received to secure your place.