Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes26th Mar 2025

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes



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 nurseryVilla 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 in spring, bedding plants in summer and flowering bulbs in autumn all 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 departures will be led by popular tour manager and local resident Kate Williamson


8 Days



Full Price£2695

(includes flights)

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What to Expect

  • 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

Baroque garden of Isola Bella

Departure Routes

LocationPickup TimeDropoff Time
London Gatwick Airport09:0020:00
Milan Malpensa Airport12:00

** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **

Day by Day Itinerary

We depart from London to MilanOn arrival we continue by comfortable coach to our base for the next four nights, the 4-star Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac, located in the centre of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore, overlooking the Borromean gulf with its enchanting colours. The bedrooms are decorated in a classic and timeless style and are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries and free WiFi.

Lunch is served on arrival.

A welcome drink will be served in the evening followed by dinner.

Meals includedLunch, Dinner

Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore

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