Reader holiday: Gardens of the Italian Lakes

If the hot, sunny weather is making you think of cooling water-side locations, take a look at our garden trip to Italy. Travel by boat to visit some of the finest lakeside gardens of Lakes Como and Maggiore, plus visit the Orticolario garden show in the company of designer Annie Guilfoyle. 1-5 October 2018. A FEW PLACES REMAINING.

Our journey to the Italian Lakes will take us to some of the finest lakeside and island gardens of this uniquely beautiful region. We will travel mostly by boat, discovering landscapes of quiet enchantment and sublime grandeur. While our days will be infused with exquisite light, by night we will revel in the fin de siècle atmosphere of our lakeside hotels. The warm, humid microclimate results in exceptional growing conditions, with much to enthuse the plantsman.


Combining great botanical interest with the fascinating history of the gardens’ origins, our tour will move from the Renaissance to the 20th century through compelling and often neglected chapters of Italian garden history with visits including the baroque splendours of Isola Bella and Villa del Balbianello perched atop a small wooded peninsula.

The tour culminates at Orticolario, an unusual, small garden festival near Como.

We will stay at two lovely lakeside hotels offering a perfect combination of elegance, tradition and charm: Hotel Villa Flori overlooking Lake Como, and the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees on the shores of Lake Maggiore.



Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and lover of all things Italian.
She combines a successful garden design consultancy with lecturing, writing and judging internationally.


The price per person, based on two people sharing is £2,999 (a single supplement of £400 is levied by the hotels).

The price includes: two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees on the shores of Lake Maggiore and two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Hotel Villa Flori overlooking Lake Como; four delicious evening meals with wines at the hotels; plus two lunches and return flights from London to Milan. The price does not include extras at either hotel, or travel insurance.


For further information about this trip, day-to-day activities, hotel accommodation and details of how to book, please contact:
Boxwood Tours, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NT, UK.
Tel +44 (0)1341 241717
Email mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk
Website www.boxwoodtours.com

This tour has been arranged exclusively for readers of Gardens Illustrated by Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, a specialist garden tour company set up in 1990 by Sue and Brian Macdonald, Kew-trained, professional gardeners.
NOTE itineraries are subject to confirmation. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended.
Gardens Illustrated reserves the right to change any element of any event due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.