Susan Worner Tours

Spring Gardens of Florence and Fiesole

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.

 

Spring Gardens of Florence and Fiesole

The Medici created gardens in Florence and the surrounding hills with grottoes, statues, boschetti and waterworks. Later perspective gardens were designed in conjunction with the villa, often with terraces, and the early twentieth century marked the revival of the Italian formal garden. This rich heritage offers a fascinating programme of visits in the spring flowering season. The gardens chosen are mostly private, and the vibrant city of Florence with its art treasures, churches and markets is an additional attraction.

Our comfortable, welcoming hotel in the heart of Florence is a perfect base. Originating as a palazzo in the sixteenth century, and now well restored, it retains its frescoed ceilings and architectural features.

A comfortable minibus will be used for gardens outside the town and those inside will be reached on foot.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Direct flights from London City airport to Florence. Short transfer to the hotel. Aperitivo with a short talk on the programme before enjoying dinner in a nearby restaurant.

DAY TWO

We leave for Fiesole, an attractive hill village with views over Florence and the River Arno. Villa Medici dates back to the sixteenth century. The garden, with Cecil Pinsent’s influence, is divided into three terraces with a limonaia. Continue to the nearby gardens of Villa Balze designed with ingenuity by Cecil Pincent, on a steep, terraced hillside with an exceptional panorama of the city. The gardens belong to Georgetown University. Lunch-time in the village of Fiesole. Afternoon visit to the enchanting late sixteenth-century Villa Capponi with its secret gardens; the late Queen Mother had holidays here as a girl. Again Cecil Pinsent’s influence is evident; he added a library to the villa and created a hidden swimming pool area. Dinner together in the hotel’s Il Desco Bistro.

DAY THREE

Morning visit to sixteenth-century Villa La Pietra. The gardens were laid out in the early twentieth century by Harold Acton in the hills above Florence. Recent extensive restoration work of the formal garden has been carried out and beyond is a wild flower meadow rich with orchids. The original lemon garden with its limonaia is behind a high wall. Guided visit with Nick Dakin-Elliot, Head Gardener. Light lunch in the hotel. Afternoon visit to the centre of Florence has been arranged with a specialist local guide. Evening at leisure.

DAY FOUR

Morning visit to Giardino Corsini al Prato with the owner. Hidden behind a high wall, and originally in the countryside, the beauty of this seventeenth-century garden is breath-taking. A rare example of a late Renaissance town garden. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the visit. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

DAY FIVE

Crossing the Ponte Vecchio we visit the recently restored Giardino Bardini. Bounded by the River Arno and the medieval walls, the garden is in three parts, divided by a superb Baroque stairway with statues and a beautiful wisteria pergola. The views over Florence are stunning. In the afternoon we visit the gardens of Villa Gambaraia, reached down a country lane from the village of Settignano. The views over the olive trees to Florence and the Tuscan countryside are splendid. The garden, with its gabinetto di roccaglia, links the villa to the limonaia. It is well-known for its water parterre garden and cypress trees. The collection of canine stone statues guard the Villa. Dinner together in a local restaurant with Florentine specialities.

DAY SIX

Morning visit to the Giardino dei Semplici, created by the Medici as a botanical garden. Depart late morning to Florence airport for return flight.

[/three_fourth]


Map of Italy

Tour Costs

Airflight, Hotel and Itinerary Costs £1870
Accommodation based on
2 people sharing
b&b, dinner on 3 evenings,
1 lunch
Supplement – single use of double room £365
To extend your stay £115 pp sharing

Activity Level:

some terraced gardens,extensive walking in Florence.

Additional Information:

Why not stay an extra few days in Florence?

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.