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THE TELEGRAPH: Gardens of Tuscany

12th – 16th October 2020

5 days from £3,480pp

Tuscan Masterpieces; an exclusive TELEGRAPH tour hosted by gardens correspondent, HELEN YEMM and led by KIRSTY FERGUSSON.

  • Visit gardens designed by Cecil Pinsent who worked in the early 1900s for the expatriate community
  • Visit two beautiful estates in Florence
  • Light lunch and a tour of Giardino Torrigiani
  • Visit the gardens of Villa Gamberaia, one of the most perfect examples of garden architecture

THE TELEGRAPH: Gardens of Tuscany

This late Spring tour has been carefully designed to include some of the most beautiful and exclusive gardens of Tuscany. It was here that the Renaissance took root in the 15th century and the designs of these gardens can be seen in many of the gardens visited. By way of contrast, the tour also features some important gardens of the early 20th century when English speaking expatriates comprised one sixth of the population of Florence. We visit gardens designed by Cecil Pinsent who worked in the early 1900s for the expatriate community, ingeniously designing gardens melding into the existing architecture and dramatic Tuscan landscapes. We also gain an appreciation of how these masterpieces of garden architecture are being managed in Italy today in meeting Nick Dakin-Elliot at the helm of the restoration work for 17 years at Villa La Pietra. Nick will also join Helen Yemm for a Question & Answer session one evening before joining us for dinner. For Nick, the perfect garden contrasts a formal structure with the romantic touch of profuse planting, a fusion of Italian and English garden design at their best. This tour includes many rare and private visits with special invitations to lunch with the owners. We are accommodated for four nights at the elegant 5-star Hotel Regency.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Regency

★★★★★
Overview
Situated in a quiet, residential area, Hotel Regency-Small Luxury Hotels of the World is hidden away from the busy city centre, yet only 10 minutes from Florence’s main tourist sights, including the Accademia Gallery. Facing lush, green parkland on one side and a historic square on the other, this hotel, one of the leading small hotels of the world, offers unparalleled service, with attentive, professional staff and beautiful accommodation.