12-16 June, 2016
Five-day tour of Italian gardens, only £1,199pp
Join us on this exclusive tour of famous Italian gardens in celebration of the 25th anniversary of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. You'll visit some of Italy's most impressive gardens, plus there'll be special guest appearances by Monty Don and BBC Gardeners' World editor, Lucy Hall.
You'll fly to Rome for a four-night stay at your hotel, the four-star superior Church Palace. Then, relax and enjoy three special guided tours around Italy's best gardens - Giardini della Landriana, Tivolia and Ninfa (accompanied by Monty Don) - and a fascinating tour of Rome on the last day.
- Special guest appearances by Monty Don and magazine editor, Lucy Hall.
- Return flights to Rome from Birmingham, Bristol or London Gatwick.
- Four nights bed and breakfast at a four-star superior hotel.
- Drinks, buffet reception and talk with Monty Don.
- Guided tour of Rome, capital of the ancient world's mightiest empire.
- Optional visit to Vatican City, including the famous Sistine Chapel.
- Escorted by experienced tour manager.
The departure date is Sunday 12 June, 2016
Prices start from just £1,199 per person
Presenter of BBC Gardeners' World, Monty will accompany you on a tour of Ninfa gardens, before giving a talk at an evening reception.
Editor of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, Lucy Hall, will accompany around the Gardens on Landriana, Ninfa and Tivoli.
Gardens of Landriana
Created by English landscape designer Russell Page, and one of the most impressive gardens in Italy, accompanied by Lucy Hall.
Gardens of Ninfa
Built in the abandoned ruins of an ancient medieval town, accompanied by Monty Don and Lucy Hall.
Tivoli - Villa d'Este
A UNESCO heritage site, accompanied by Lucy Hall, and the Emperor Hadrian's Villa.
Day 1 - Fly to Rome
Arrive at chosen airport to take your flight to Rome. On arrival in Rome a coach will transfer you to your hotel, the four-star superior Church Palace (thechurchpalace.com), located in a Renaissance inspired historic building.
Day 2 - Giardini della Landriana and Ninfa with Monty
A drive south to one of Italy’s most unique gardens, the stunning Giardini della Landriana. Redesigned by British garden architect,Russell Page in 1967, the gardens are laid out in a succession of ‘rooms’, which are an inspiration for any gardener. In the afternoon we take a short drive to Ninfa. Set in 260 acres of parkland, the Ninfa landscape is the ruins of a medieval village, with oak, cypresses and poplars among a range of exotic plants from across the globe. Ninfa only permits a small number of visitors each year so this tour is a rare experience. Lucy Hall will be accompanying both tours, while Monty will be joining the Ninfa tour in the afternoon before the drinks and buffet reception and his talk.
Day 3 - Tivoli
A short distance from Rome lies Tivoli, a hill-top town once favoured by the ancient Romans for its health-giving waters and covered with still visible temples. The town’s finest attraction now is the Villa d’Este, a 16th century papal palace, noted for its gardens. A series of terraces with spectacular fountains, these gardens indicate the luxury once enjoyed by the Papacy. The tour of Villa d’Este will be accompanied by Lucy Hall, followed by lunch in the town of Tivoli. This afternoon we visit the Emperor Hadrian’s amazing villa dating from 120- 130AD. There are the ruins of a Greek library and theatre and a stone panelled, self-supporting dome which later inspired St Paul’s and Paris’ Pantheon. We have a tour of this outstanding villa before returning to our hotel.
Day 4 - Guided tour of Rome
A fascinating guided tour of the ancient remains of Rome, spanning the 500 years when the Roman Empire was at its most powerful. The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure. You may also wish to join us on an optional visit to the Vatican, home to the Pope and, of course, the famous Sistine Chapel.
Day 5 - Return home
Free time in Rome until transfers to airport for your return flight.
Terms & Conditions: Holidays organised by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs DE14 1SP, and are offered subject to availability. ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Per person prices based on two sharing a twin room. Single rooms and optional insurance available at a supplement. Additional entrance costs may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. In the case of unforeseen circumstances experts may be substituted.