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The fabulous scenery and benign climate of the northern Italian lakes have attracted aristocrats and the wealthy for years, and today their elegant villas and lush gardens perfectly complement the natural landscape.

From our bases on the Gulf of Borromeo on Lake Maggiore and at the foot of Lake Como we will explore a succession of villas and their gardens, all set against the breath taking backdrop of snow-capped mountains and glittering water. We begin with a real treat as we visit the private garden of the President of the Italian Camellia Society, which is home to a remarkable collection of over 500 plants. Nowhere captures the extravagant spirit of the lakeland gardens better than the three Borromean islands, Bella, Madre and Pescatori, which feature sumptuous terraced gardens, shaded woodland walks, flowered terraces and elegant statuary. Other highlights during our stay on Lake Maggiore include a fascinating wholesale specialist plant nursery, Villa Taranto and Villa Pallavicino.

During our stay on Lake Como we will have a private tour with the owner of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni. Azaleas and rhododendrons will put on a dazzling display at Villa Carlotta while the manicured Villa Balbianello, whose garden is impeccably maintained, will be an undoubted highlight. In addition we enjoy a free day to relax and shop in Como town, or visit Villa Melzi d’Eril.

Our June and October departures will be led by popular tour manager and local resident Kate Williamson. Our May departure will be led by experienced tour manager and guide Corinna Croft.

PLEASE NOTE A GOOD DEGREE OF MOBILITY IS REQUIRED TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS HOLIDAY AS THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF STEPS AT MANY OF THE GARDENS

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the private garden of the President of the Italian Camellia Society
  • A private tour with the owner of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
  • The extravagance of the Borromean Islands
  • Stunning views of lakes and mountains at every turn

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3 May 2023 BLSG230503 3 May 2023 (Wednesday) 10 May 2023 (Wednesday) £2,295
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21 June 2023 BLSG230621 21 June 2023 (Wednesday) 28 June 2023 (Wednesday) Kate Williamson £2,295
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4 October 2023 BLSG231004 4 October 2023 (Wednesday) 11 October 2023 (Wednesday) Kate Williamson £2,245
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