10 – 15 May 2018
A magical tour of gardens, staying in the centre of Venice in the superb, historic Hotel Palazzo Stern on the Grand Canal. Delightful gardens are hidden behind high walls on the Grand Canal, on the Giudecca or down small canals on the islands in the extensive lagoon. We discover the special variety of artichoke grown on St Erasmo while enjoying a day on a ‘Bragozzo’ boat when we join the flotilla of traditional boats crossing the lagoon to celebrate La Festa della Senza.
The history and beauty of the Veneto region, combined well with the elegance of the formal gardens in Venice. Country gardens chosen complement their villa and have interesting structured design. We discover the Brenta canal where Venetians built their country houses in the seventeenth century arriving in Padova to visit the exceptionally beautiful University Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Europe.
Our hotel is in the Dorsoduro district: overlooking the Grand Canal, the terrace is particularly delightful for breakfast or an aperitivo. The Ca’ Rezzonico museum, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim gallery are nearby. We use boats and walk on narrow paths, sometimes along canals, often discovering a lovely square, and travel by minibus in the Veneto mainland. We have a maximum of nineteen participants and will be led by Susan together with Martina Boffelli, our Venetian guide.
The climate in May can be sunny and warm but a showery day is sometimes experienced.
Layers are recommended and good shoes for the garden visits. Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available in the hotel.
Reasonable amount of walking. Ability to board and disembark from water taxis.