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  • Garden holidays for individuals in Tuscany

    Villa Torrigiano gardens Tuscany

    Palazzo Pfranner gardens Tuscany

    Villa le Barone gardens Tuscany

    Parco Villa Reale di Marlia gardens Tuscany

    Holiday to the Gardens and villas of Tuscany

    Combining Chianti and the Lucca region, this 6 night holiday for individuals reflects the diversity and beauty of Tuscan villas and gardens; Italianate, baroque, parkland, water features and stunning views. You can see for yourself how the Tuscan garden developed from the influence of the Medicis.

    This is a holiday for individuals, not as a group. It works in two ways:
    We can arrange the accommodation, provide the car hire, the flights and give you details of the gardens to visit (you visit then when you want to and pay your own entrance fees), giving you a structure but independence.
    Or we can arrange for you to be accompanied for the visits to the villas and gardens by a local guide. This option costs more but you can pick and choose perhaps where you might want to have the local guide.

    This holiday combines the classical heart of Tuscany with a stay near Greve in Chianti from where you take yourself to visit three of the most beautiful and historic gardens in the Chianti area; Villa Poggio Torselli at San Casciano Val di Pesa, Giardino di Vignamaggio at Greve and Villa Geggiano near Siena. These villas date from the 15th Century and each of their gardens is famed in its own way for its design and beauty. Villa Poggio Torselli is renowned for its spectacular flowering plants including Indian giant hibiscus and a golden crown of 120 secular lemon trees, whereas Vignamaggio boasts an ornate Italian garden with ornamental trees, roses and cypress and Villa Geggiano, frequently used as a film set, is resplendent with ancient cypress, sculpted boxwood as well as lemon trees. From Chianti you drive further west towards the coast and the town of Lucca, which offers the opportunity to visit some of the less well-known gems of this region, including the baroque gardens of Palazzo Pfanner inside the mediaeval town, Villa Grabau, Villa Oliva, the Parco della Villa Reale and the Villa Torrigiani. The Villa Grabau is renowed for its English-style parkland which abounds in rare trees, planted initially in the 16th century when the villa was built and added to over the years. Villa Oliva enjoys views over the countryside near Lucca from its position on a hillside. Its gardens descend the hill and there are numerous water falls and fountains. The Parco della Villa Reale is an extensive garden and parkland with numerous linked water features, a Moorish garden, a lemon garden, a green theatre and a camellia walk. Finally the Villa Torrigiani houses a baroque garden with nymphaeum, grottoes, water games and flowers.

    The holiday day by day
    Day One: Arrive in Tuscany
    We book you onto a flight of your choice, to Pisa, Florence or Bologna ideally, and then you collect your hire-car and drive to your first hotel, the Villa le Barone at Panzano near Greve in Chianti. Dinner is included at the hotel.
    Day Two: Visit to Villa Poggi Torselli
    Today we suggest you enjoy the stunning landscape of Chianti and this part of Tuscany, with its mixture of rolling landscaped vineyards and wooded hills. You can visit the Villa Poggi Torselli at San Casciano Val di Peso, renowned for its spectacular flowering plants. You return to the hotel Villa le Barone for dinner.
    Day Three: Full day from Greve to Siena
    Today our recommended full day in Tuscany starts with Villa Vignamaggio, once the home of the Gherardini family. Lisa Gherardini is said to be the subject of da Vinci’s Monna Lisa. Then you head south towards Siena and the second garden of the day at Villa Geggiano, now a national monument. Return back to the Villa le Barone for dinner.
    Day Four: Departure for Lucca
    You leave Greve this morning for your second stay of the tour, at the Bagni di Pisa near Lucca, arriving in time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s spa treatments or a swim in the hotel’s pool. Dinner is taken at the hotel in the evening.
    Day Five: Full day to Villa Grabau and Villa Oliva
    Today visit Lucca and the baroque gardens of Villa Pfanner first and then nearby Villa Grabau and the gardens of the Villa Oliva. These two villas and their gardens near Lucca give you a flavour of the variety of the gardens in this area with both English-style parkland with rare trees and formal water features. Dinner is included at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa.
    Day Six: Full day to Parco Villa Reale di Marlia and Villa Torrigiani
    There are two more splendid gardens in the the Lucca area to visit. The Parco Villa Reale is a very large garden with numerous water features, gardens within gardens and an enormous amount to explore. (If the circumstances of ownership of Villa Reale change it may not be possible to visit it. In this case, Villa Mansi should be visited instead). Villa Torrigiani is very pretty, formal and ornate. Dinner is included once more at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa.
    Day Seven: Return to London from Pisa
    We will book you on the return flight of your choice today. Return your hire-car at the airport.

    Dates and prices:
    6 nights from about £1760 per person.
    Price will increase in high season and is also influenced by flight availability.
    Deposit payment:
    £200 per person
    Supplements:
    Superior double or twin room at the Villa le Barone £16 per person per night. Room upgrades are possible at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa.
    We include:
    • Flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Pisa in Euro traveller
    • Hire of a group A car for 7 days
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Villa le Barone in a classic double or twin rooms
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa in double or twin rooms

    Villa le Barone
    Panzano, Greve in Chianti
    This is a traditional hotel, once an aristocratic villa and now a 4 star hotel of under 30 rooms, in its own grounds amid a typical Tuscan landscape of rolling fields and vineyards. There is a swimming pool and tennis court.
    See more details on Villa le Barone

    Hotel Bagni di Pisa
    San Giuliano Terme, near Lucca
    This is a 5 star spa hotel of about 60 rooms, situated on the edge of a small spa town. It is renowned for its spa facilities including a thermal pool and cave, yet its location near Lucca and Pisa make it an ideal base. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre.
    See more details on Hotel Bagni di Pisa

    Alternative travel arrangements
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates allowing you more time in Italy before and/or after the holiday, if you want to fly into and out of a different airport or fly at different times to the ones suggested, if you want the use of a hire-car for your holiday or if you want to travel out and back by train instead of flying, all this is possible. Just discuss your travel plans with us and we will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

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