See the Eternal City as you have never seen it before!
Departs: 16 May 2022, 02 Oct 2022
5 nights Price from £1,785 per person
DAY 1 – FLY TO ROMEWe fly from London to Rome and transfer to Frascati where we stay for five nights at the 4 star Park Hotel Villa Grazioli.
DAY 2 – DISCOVERING ROMEThe day will be spent in Rome starting with a visit to the Villa Borghese Gardens and Gallery which were formed in the early 17th century. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and then go to the Villa Torlonia, which recently reopened after a long period of restoration. This is a neo-Classical villa once owned by the Torlonia family, one of the grandest in Rome in the 19th century.
DAY 3 – VILLA LANTE AND VILLA FARNESEToday’s gardens are the Villa Lante and the Villa Farnese. The Villa Lante at Bagnaia is one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance gardens: its symmetrical design is absolutely perfect. The Summer and Winter Gardens of the Villa Farnese give way to a path which leads through a wooded landscape and eventually reaches the Casino, used by the all powerful Farnese family as a private refuge. This evening we will drive through vineyards to have dinner at the Cantina di Santa Benedetta. There will be a tasting of Frascati wine with the winemaker, followed by dinner in the lovely old farmhouse.
DAY 4 – TIVOLIToday is spent in Tivoli with its two great gardens: the Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. The narrow terraces of the Villa D’Este create the effect of a dramatic hanging garden, opening out at each descending level.
DAY 5 – LA LANDRIANAThe garden at La Landriana was created over a thirty year period by the Marchesa Lavinia Taverna. The garden has over thirty separate compartments; some are devoted to a single species, some to a style and some to a colour. Our next garden is no less wonderful and even more romantic – the garden at Ninfa, planted a hundred years ago over the ruins of the 14th century walled town.
DAY 6 – VILLA ALDOBRANDINIBefore making our way to the airport we visit Villa Aldobrandini, given by Pope Clement VII to his nephew in 1598. This is the finest of all the Frascati villas where much use is made of water features. This is a fitting end to our discovery of some of Italy’s finest gardens.
Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow at 10.35 arrive Rome at 14.15.
Depart Rome at 17.25 arrive Heathrow at 19.10.
Regional departures available on request.
What’s included with your Kirker experience!
- Return flights
- Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
- Three dinners and two lunches
- All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
- The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer
- Supplement for room in main villa: £280 per room
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