Susan Worner Tours

Rome – Gardens from Latium to Tuscia

We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or lodges and the best itineraries to offer. The itineraries below are examples of bespoke tours. Tailor-made programmes can be arranged for your personal preferences.

To know more please contact us on info@susanwornertours.com or +44 (0) 1423 326 300.

 

Rome – Gardens from Latium to Tuscia

The sweeping hill countryside around the eternal city of Rome has a superb collection of gardens – some historic, others recently renovated or created, some influenced by Russell Page. A private visit to Giardino di Ninfa is a highlight of the week. Its setting, variety of plants and flowing water are within an ancient ruined town. It is quite spectacular.

We have added two exceptional gardens to the programme: the Papal Barbarini gardens at Castel Gandolfo and the designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s country garden north of Rome.

We stay for three nights in the attractive country town of Civita Castellana in the welcoming four-star Hotel Relais Falisco. Travelling in a comfortable small coach we minimise the travel distances between the gardens. The group will be a maximum of nineteen.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Morning flight to Rome Fiumicino airport, continuing to the gardens of Landriana near the coast at Tor San Lorenzo. Created in the 1960s with Russell Page’s advice, it has well-defined structure and a series of ‘rooms’ – the hillside with Rosa mutabilis chinensis is particularly eye-catching. We lunch in the garden before the guided visit. We arrive at our hotel in the foothills of Monte Lepini near the gardens of Ninfa. Short talk on the week’s programme before a delicious dinner together.

DAY TWO

Morning visit to the breathtakingly beautiful gardens of Ninfa near Cisterna di Latina, south of Rome. Restoration of the land around a ruined thirteenth-century town began in the 1920s, and an extraordinary garden was created, helped by gushing spring water descending from the hills. Lunch nearby. Afternoon visit to the amazing hill-side gardens of Villa d’Este in Tivoli. Reminiscent of the hanging gardens of Babylon, this masterpiece of a Renaissance garden with exuberant fountains, statues and fish ponds on different terraced levels was created for Cardinale d’Este in the sixteenth century. We arrive in Civita Castellana at our Hotel Relais Falisco. We enjoy dinner together.

DAY THREE

Arabella Lennox-Boyd, well-known as an excellent garden designer, has a superb garden around her childhood summer home, north of Rome, on the edge of a village in the Sabine hills. A cypress avenue surrounded by iris and roses leads to an olive grove. We enjoy a delicious lunch in the garden and have a relaxed journey back to the hotel with time to join the passegiata in the town before dinner.

DAY FOUR

After breakfast we leave for the Viterbo area to discover two classical Italian gardens. Villa Lante, above Bagnaia, was built for Cardinal Gambara in the 1560s. A formal walled garden, it is on four levels with fountains, rills and water parterres, river gods holding cornucopia. Clipped box, Laurus nobilis and statues give an air of beauty and formality. We continue to Vignanello for lunch on the terrace of the Castello di Vignanello, with its beautiful parterre garden, with a chance to see the castle interior with the owner, Claudia Ruspoli. In the afternoon continue to the Sacro Bosco di Bormarzo, created in sixteenth century by Vicino Orsini, in woodland below his castle. Built to astonish, it is filled with arcane Mannerist symbolism. A sculpture of one of Hannibal’s elephants and the Leaning House are amongst its extraordinary works. We return to the hotel for dinner together.

DAY FIVE

We leave Civita Castellana heading south to the hills of the Castelli Romani to visit the Papal Barbarini gardens at Castel Gondolfo. An extensive garden, it is beautifully laid out, with views towards Rome and Lake Albano, an ancient volcanic crater. An excellent guide accompanies us. We continue to the nearby town of Frascati to check-in at the comfortable Hotel Flora. Time to explore the town with the imposing Villa Aldobrandini on the hillside. We enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Frascati with delicious local specialities.

DAY SIX

After breakfast we leave for Rome Fiumicino airport for the return flights.

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Tour Costs

Airflight, Hotel and Itinerary Costs £1950
Accommodation based on
2 people sharing
b&b, dinner on 5 evenings,
4 lunches
Supplement – single use of double room £320

Activity Level:

Some hillside gardens with steep flights of steps and terraces.

Additional Information:

The gardens of Ninfa are unforgettably beautiful and a perfect time for roses.

If you are interested in finding out more information about one of our bespoke itineraries, please give us a call on 01423 326 300 or email info@susanwornertours.com. Alternatively, click here to use our general enquiry form.