19 – 26 April 2016
Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, this tour gives a balance between interesting botanic gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. The exuberant spring flowers are set against breath-taking scenery including many varieties of azalea, wisteria, cornus and magnolia – a spectacular yellow variety is particularly eye-catching.
We commence at the delightful, family-run Hotel Florence in the lakeside village of Bellagio, overlooking Lake Como and the mountains. We then transfer to the very comfortable Hotel Cannero on the quiet Maggiore lakeside, run by Signora Gallinotto and her family.
Beat Fischer, our Swiss botanist, will lead this tour. Beat accompanied the RHS Fellows on their tour which we arranged for them to Lake Maggiore in April 2015 and is Speaker at the Fellows Dinner in October 2015.
Our group will have a maximum of nineteen participants. Travel between gardens is minimal and we use lake boats extensively and a minibus.
This tour still remains one of our most popular Italian Garden Tours.
On/off lake boats. Mostly level. Some steps. Good paths.
Why not add a few more days at the Hotel Cannero.