GARDENS OF VENICE & THE VENETO
THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
We are privileged to have Helena Attlee and Jenny Condie to host this special tour, both authorities on Italian gardens and contributors to COUNTRY LIFE
The tour begins gliding across the Lagoon in a private boat from the airport to the island of Giudecca and the exclusive five-star Bauer Palladio Hotel. This 16th century palace, constructed by the famous Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, is a jewel of rare beauty. The following day we visit two gardens on the Giudecca and enjoy an aperitif in another that overlooks the Grand Canal. 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 five-star Hotel Due Torri in Verona. From this base we visit a fascinating variety of gardens and enjoy traditional dishes in local restaurants and as guests at a private villa. Jenny Condie, and Helena Attlee will introduce the rich history of the region through its diverse and intriguing gardens.
Day 1: Tuesday 19th May
Flight BA2584 departing London Gatwick at 14.00 arrives Venice Marco Polo Airport at 17.00. Travel across the Lagoon in a private boat to the sumptuous Bauer Palladio Hotel. Enjoy an introductory talk in the hotel's modern gardens accompanied by an aperitif. At this hotel we have reserved superior rooms that overlook the courtyard and the beautiful garden. Each is decorated with trompe l’oeil features and fine tapestries reflecting the peaceful and serene surroundings. We dine together at the hotel with local Venetian wines included.
Day 2: Wednesday 20th May
A little further along the Giudecca is the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore (Church of the Most Holy Redeemer) lying behind which is a large enclosed vegetable garden tended by the monks of the Franciscan monastery. We then visit another very private garden on the Giudecca. After lunching in a local restaurant, we travel by private boat up the Grand Canal to visit Palazzo Malipiero Barnabò, where Contessa Barnabò invites us to enjoy an aperitif in her beautiful rose-filled garden. This evening is free to eat in any of the many local restaurants.
Day 3: Thursday 21st May
Step out from the hotel to board our private boat for a morning crossing of the Lagoon, enjoying a simple lunch as we float up the Brenta Canal as far as the Malcontenta. Here we join the coach and drive on to explore the magnificent garden, maze and citrus collection of Villa Pisani. En route to Verona, we visit Villa Fracanzan Piovene near Vicenza as special guests of Conte & Contessa Giusti Piovene who invite us to view their gardens and orchards and amazing collection of vintage tractors as well as the villa with its incredible 17th century kitchens. We check in at the Hotel Due Torri in Verona with time to settle in before dinner together in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4: Friday 22nd May
A morning visit to the interesting contemporary garden laid out around the 16th century Villa Emo at Rivella, where we have been invited to enjoy drinks and lunch with the Contessa Marina Emo. Drive to the famous 17th century garden of Villa Barbarigo, at Valsanzibio with an exquisite water gate, pools, statues, maze and rabbit island. Return to Verona for a free evening.
Day 5: Saturday 23rd May
We begin with a visit to Giardino Giusti in the heart of Verona, where the 16th century grotto has just been restored, followed by an invitation to a light lunch in the 18th century garden of Pojega at Villa Rizzardi, famous for its magnificent green theatre. In the afternoon we travel on to Villa Allegri Arvedi, where elaborate broderie parterres create the foreground to a beautiful agricultural landscape. Return to Verona for a final meal together at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Sunday 24th May
Leaving Verona, we visit Padua’s ancient Botanic Gardens where modern glass houses built to a cutting edge design have just been completed. Following some free time to shop and explore Padua, we return to Venice, Marco Polo airport to check-in for the return British Airways flight BA2585 departing at 17.45 arriving back in London Gatwick at 18.50.
How much and what's included:
The price per person: £3,380
A single supplement of £580 per person is levied by the hotels.
The price includes 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Bauer Palladio and 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Due Torri (five-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 £92.00 per person from your ticket price.
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