13 – 18 October 2019
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 Baroque. The exuberant flowerings are set against breath-taking lakeside scenery.
Hotel Cannero lies on the lakeside of the delightful village of Cannero. Comfortable, family-owned and run, the hotel has a renowned restaurant whose head chef, Giuseppe will give two cookery lessons based on local dishes. We visited the weekly market in Luino with the chef to taste and buy ingredients for the lessons.
The Borromean island gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre are both stunning and created in 16th century. Villa Taranto is a masterpiece of a Scotsman created and planted in the 1930s. To these important gardens, we add a visit to a private lakeside garden in Cannero.
Flights are from London Heathrow to Milan and return.