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"Gardens cannot be hurried…"

Brenta Canal, Stra, Italy“Visiting gardens is one of the best ways to get to know a country. Gardens cannot be hurried. They often take a while to reveal themselves.” [Monty Don]

Did you see Monty Don in his television series on Italian gardens, the last episode of which was shown on BBC 2 on Friday night? He began this final leg of his 'Grand Horticultural Tour' in Padua at the Orto Botanico, the world’s oldest garden dedicated to the study of the medicinal properties of plants, founded in 1545. This is also where our epic journey by boat and train begins, taking you on a two-week discovery of up to eight of Italy’s Greatest Cities.

After exploring the gardens and city of Padua, you follow Monty’s route along the picturesque Brenta Canal towards Venice, pausing en route to explore the magnificent gardens at the Villa Pisani in Stra. Designed by Girolamo Frigimelica de’ Roberti, these wonderful gardens include a famous maze with its central turret, several ornate lodges and wisteria-covered passageways, and a long, elegant body of water adorned with statues leading the eye to the front of the house. Watch Monty’s programme here >

Monty then headed north from Stra to Lake Como, but our Tour takes you all the way to Venice, for two nights at the stylish Hotel Ca’ Nigra overlooking the Grand Canal (below), then on to Florence, Siena, Spoleto and Rome - with an option to carry onto Naples and the Amalfi Coast, or sumptuous Lecce, deep in the heart of Basilicata… More info >

Hotel Ca'Nigra, Venice

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