The gardens of Tuscany evoke the British dream of Italy: sun-drenched parterres filled with the scent of box, with the soothing sound of a classical fountain playing in the cool shade of a cypress-lined alley. The great Renaissance architects of Florence and Siena laid out magnificent formal gardens surrounding the villas they built for the leading Tuscan families, many of whose descendants still live in them. Much later a number of talented landscape architects, inspired by their Renaissance predecessors, constructed gardens for the Anglo-American community who settled in Tuscany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
With the eminent garden authority Robin Lane Fox to lead us, we will visit the finest of these gardens, where we will be entertained by the owners, including the Villa Medici, enjoying a superb view over Florence, La Foce, the creation of the writer Iris Origo, and Gamberaia, rated by Sir Harold Acton as the finest of all Tuscan gardens. Early May is the perfect time to visit these gardens, when they will be looking their very best. The tour also gives you an excellent chance to compare the cities of Florence and Siena, whose age-old rivalry inspired many of the greatest works of the Renaissance.
Thursday May 4th to Wednesday May 10th 2017
Six Nights - £ 3,700
This includes Half Board plus two dinners, all lectures, coach trips and entry fees. We reserve the right to adjust the price should ther e be a significant alteration in the rate of exchange. Please note that the cost of air travel is not included.
Travel insurance is an essential requirement if you are taking a tour. If you require travel insurance, please contact goodtogoinsurance.com or call 0330 024 9952 quoting Fine Art Travel.
Please let us know if you would like to travel as part of the group and we will advise you of the return flights we have selected for this tour.
We will spend the first three nights at The Savoy Hotel, 200 yards from the Duomo in Florence, a chic and comfortable hotel in Rocco Forte’ s group of five-star hotels. The remainder of our stay will be at Borgo Scopeto Relais, a charming four-star hotel in the Tuscan countryside with views of Siena.
There will be a supplement of £700 for single occupancy of a double room.
Robin Lane Fox and Charles FitzRoy
Charles FitzRoy and Jane Rae