01 – 06 May 2017
30 May – 04 June 2017
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 in the lagoon.
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 and Martino Rizzi, our Venetian specialist guides.