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Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

27 May — 3 Jun 2017 | Tour Director: Peter Higginson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Peter Higginson , PhD

expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1035 on British Airways, arriving Milan Linate 1330. Transfer to Verbania Pallanza, Lake Maggiore, for four nights at Hotel Pallanza. Evening lecture.

Day

2

By water taxi to Isola Bella (Baroque Palazzo Borromeo and gardens) then continue to picturesque fishing island of Isola dei Pescatori. Afternoon: Isola Madre for second Palazzo Borromeo (16th century paintings and furnishings, antique puppets, splendid botanic garden).

Day

3

Morning: tour of the Villa Taranto in Verbania Pallanza (20th century garden and plant collection). Afternoon: ferry to Villa Della Porta Bozzolo (early 18th century Baroque garden). Evening lecture.

Day

4

Excursion to Lake Orta for Sacro Monte di Orta (a 17th century sacred garden), medieval village of Orta and the charming Isola San Giulio and its basilica.

Day

5

Special tour and lunch at Villa Cicogna Mozzoni (unique 16th century Renaissance villa). Afternoon: transfer to Villa Bagatti Valsecchi (17th century villa with beautiful terraces set high above a dramatic ravine) and continue by ferry to Varenna for three nights at Hotel Royal Victoria.

Day

6

By ferry to Bellagio (on picturesque promontory dividing Lake Como and Lake Lecco) for Villa Melzi d’Eril (early 19th century giardino inglese that inspired both Liszt and Stendhal). Afternoon: 18th century Villa Carlotta (neoclassical statuary, giardini segreti, terraces and alleys) and Villa Cipressi.

Day

7

By ferry and water taxi to Villa del Balbianello (created in late 18th century for Cardinal Durini). Afternoon: gardens of Villa Monastero (former Cistercian monastery).

Day

8

Morning: Villa Litta (16th-17th century gardens with nymphaeum and water games). Depart Milan Linate 1555, arriving Heathrow 1650.

Tour Dates

27 May — 3 Jun 2017

Days

8

Cost

£2375

Tour Code

ILVG-17

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Testimonial

What makes this tour special...

"The depth and breadth of Peter H's knowledge and ability to share his knowledge in both formal and informal settings."

Recent ACE Customer

Cost includes:

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

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £340. Some rooms at Hotel Royal Victoria are available with lake view at extra cost.

Practicalities:

Some transfers are made by boat and many of the gardens we visit have uneven ground so a good level of fitness is required for this tour.

 
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