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Villas & Gardens in Lazio

19 May — 25 May 2018 | Tour Director: Peter Higginson

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Tour Director

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Peter Higginson, PhD

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1045 on British Airways, arriving Rome 1415. Continue to Hotel Relais Falisco, Civita Castellana, for three nights. Evening lecture.

Day

2

Tour of Villa Lante in Bagnaia (Cardinal de Gambara’s paean to himself) followed by private lunch and tour of the enchanting Castello Ruspoli at Vignanello (Renaissance parterre garden) in the company of its owner.

Day

3

Visit to the Mannerist garden of Bomarzo (sacred wood with collection of bizarre sculptures) followed by excursion to Capodimonte on Lake Bolsena for boat trip around Isola Bisentina (famous garden island). Evening lecture.

Day

4

Depart via Caprarola (Palazzo Farnese with water gardens) and Trevignano Romano (on shores of Lago di Bracciano) to Park Hotel Villa Grazioli for three nights.

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Tivoli for Hadrian’s Villa (largest country retreat in the Roman empire) and Villa d’Este (UNESCO World Heritage site with water amusements and stunning views).

Day

6

Visit to Ninfa (beautiful private gardens). End day at the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati (famous Baroque garden and water theatre).

Day

7

Morning excursion to Rome visiting the Villa Farnesina (seminal villa frescoes by Raphael and others). Depart Rome 1730, arriving Heathrow 1910.

Tour Dates

19 May — 25 May 2018

Days

7

Cost

£2295

Tour Code

LAZI-18

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Testimonial

We were looking for a "taster" in Europe to see how ACE suited us - and found it did! We shall certainly book further tours with ACE after this one.

ACE Customer May 17

 

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with a glass of wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £290.

 
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