GARDENS OF VENICE & THE VENETO
Join Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, Helen Yemm on an exclusive, six-day, Telegraph garden tour hosted by Helen Yemm and led by Italian Garden expert, Helena Attlee.
The tour begins on a water taxi that whisks us across the Lagoon from the airport to Venice to the pretty four-star Hotel Giorgione, situated by a peaceful square not far from the Rialto Bridge. The following day we visit four gardens hidden among the streets and canals of the city and enjoy an aperitif in one that overlooks the Grand Canal itself. The next day sees us enjoying lunch on a private boat as it navigates the Brenta Canal. For the rest of the tour we are based at the four-star Hotel Majestic Toscanelli, set among the narrow streets of the old ghetto quarter in Padua, close to the vibrant market in Piazza delle Erbe. From this base we visit a fascinating variety of gardens and enjoy lunch in a number of private villas. Helena Attlee, author and Italian garden expert, will introduce the rich history of the region through its diverse and intriguing gardens.
Day 1: Thursday, 4th September
Flight BA2584 departing London Gatwick at 14.15 arriving Venice Marco Polo Airport at 17.15. Travel across the Lagoon in a private boat to Hotel Giorgione for an aperitif in the courtyard followed by a discussion between Helen Yemm, Helena Attlee and Jenny Condie, local author and Venetian garden expert. Jenny will then join us for dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: Friday, 9th September
Travel by private boat through Venice’s tiny canals ‘back streets’ to the recently restored garden of Palazzo Soranzo Cappello that once gave inspiration to Henry James for his novel The Aspern Papers. Walk along the canal to visit the small garden of next-door Palazzo Gradenigo before lunch at a simple osteria. Travel by boat to Palazzo Querini Stampaglia and the fascinating modern garden designed by Carlo Scarpa. Afterwards we visit Palazzo Malipiero Barnabò, where Contessa Barnabò invites us to enjoy an aperitif in her beautiful garden. This evening is free to eat in any of the many local restaurants.
Day 3: Saturday, 6th September
After visiting the delightful modern garden of the Bauer Palladio on the Giudecca, we enjoy coffee and cake in the hotel’s sumptuous surroundings. Next we step on board our private boat and enjoy a simple lunch as we cross the Lagoon and float up the Brenta Canal as far as Malcontenta. Here we join the coach and drive on to explore the magnificent garden, maze and citrus collection of Villa Pisani. Check in at the Hotel Majestic Toscanelli in Padua, with time to settle in before enjoying dinner together at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Sunday, 7th September
A morning visit to Giardino Giusti in the heart of Verona, where the 16th century grotto has just been restored, is followed by an invitation to a light lunch in the 18th century garden of Villa Rizzardi Pojega, famous for its magnificent green theatre. In the afternoon we travel on to Villa Arvedi, where elaborate broderie parterres create the foreground to a beautiful agricultural landscape. Return to Padua for a free evening.
Day 5: Monday, 8th September
Today begins with a visit to Padua’s ancient Botanic Gardens, where new glass houses built to a cutting edge design have just been completed. After free time for lunch and shopping in Padua, we drive to the famous 17th century garden of Villa Barbarigo, with its exquisite water gate, pools, statues, maze and rabbit island, before returning to Padua for a final meal together at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Tuesday, 9th September
Leaving Padua, we visit the interesting contemporary garden laid out around the 16th century Villa Emo at Rivella, where we have been invited to enjoy drinks and a farewell lunch with the Contessa Marina Emo. Return to Venice, Marco Polo airport to check-in for the return British Airways flight BA2585 departing at 18.00 arriving back in London Gatwick at 19.05.
How much & what's included
The price per person: £2989.00
Single supplement: £300.00 (levied by the hotels).
The price includes 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Giorgione (four-star) and 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Majestic Toscanelli (four-star); four lunches and three evening meals with wine, plus return flights from London, Gatwick to Venice, Marco Polo and all transport during the tour. Please note that this tour will involve a fair amount of walking as well as climbing on and off boats. If you have any doubts please do telephone the Boxwood office. If you wish to join the tour at Venice Marco Polo Airport we will deduct £113.00 per person from your ticket price.
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