• Explore the legacy of classical and Renaissance villa culture and unlock the iconography of famous garden schemes
• Marvel at fantastic constructions including the elaborate fountain complexes at the Villa d’Este at Tivoli
• Explore some of the architectural and horticultural highlights of the Lazio region, as well as a morning excursion to Rome to view the famous suburban Villa Farnesina
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Depart London Heathrow 1045 on British Airways, arriving Rome 1415. Continue to Hotel Relais Falisco, Civita Castellana, for three nights. Evening lecture.
Villa Lante at 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.
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.
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.
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).
Ninfa (beautiful private gardens) and Villa Aldrobrandini in Frascati (famous Baroque garden).
Morning excursion to Rome visiting the Villa Farnesina (seminal villa frescoes by Raphael and others). Depart Rome 1730, arriving Heathrow 1910.
4 May — 10 May 2019
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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.
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Cost of £2345 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 £290.