Many people think Italy has the best gardens in the world. They are wonderfully designed but not notable for their flowers. The most popular area for garden visiting is the western coastal region extending from Florence through Rome to Naples, though Northern Italy also has good gardens (eg Isola Bella). The areas and periods of particular interest are:
Garden Finder for Italian Gardens
Travel arrangements for Italian garden visiting
British and American tour operators take visitors to Italian gardens. The alternatives are car hire, which is easy, and public transport, which is cheap and extensive. There can be long hot queues at ticket windows in Italian stations but many stations have automatic ticket machines with instructions in several languages. They look intimidating but are surprisingly easy to use. Driving in country districts is relaxing and easy. Driving in and around the big cities of Italy can be a nightmare: heavy congestion, confusing road signs and hot tempered drivers. An air conditioned car helps.
Escorted Garden Tours in Italy
Ninfa and the Villa Lante, departing 10th May, 7th June, 6th September 2016
This tour includes the two best-loved gardens in Italy ( Villa d’Este
and Villa Lante
) and a charming botanical garden outside Rome (Ninfa
, pictured left - image copyright Daniele Muscetta
The Great Gardens of Italy, 25th April to 9th May 2016
This 15 day tour includes many of the most spectacular gardens in Italy visiting the Amalfi Coast, Rome and the gardens of Tivoli, the Renaissance gardens of Florence and Tuscany, as well as the extravagant gardens on Lakes Como and Maggiore.
Travel in a small group and enjoy a relaxed pace as well as excellent local food and wine.
Iconic Gardens of Italy from Tuscany to Ninfa, escorted from Canada, 13th to 22nd May 2015
From Florence to the gloriously romantic Ninfa Garden just south of Rome, this tour encompasses the best. Some are historic, some are revival Renaissance with a modern twist and a few are interesting curiosities; from the very public and dramatic to the personal and private ensuring a true adventure in garden exploration. With excellent hotels, this exclusive tour of only 10 guests is designed and escorted by Pat Webster – garden artist & writer in Montreal, and Julia Guest – Travel Consultant in Vancouver who together will guide you there and leave the feelings of the place to you.