The Italian Garden Tour
With Marjorie Harris,
Expert Gardener

October 13 -24 2011

Exclusive - limited availability

for booking, contact
Linda Clay, Travel Specifics

Tel: 519-823-5849 or 888-823-5849
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Castello Ruspoli



October 13-24, 2011

Price: 3125/person in double occupancy

475 single supplement *

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  • Tour host Marjorie Harris will assist with garden interpretation and share her horticultural expertise
  • Personal critique by Marjorie Harris regarding your own garden (bring your photos)
  • Visit 9 outstanding gardens, both public and exclusively private, often with the owner or head gardener providing technical information
  • Castello Ruspoli garden reception, La Petraia tastings and lunch, Castello Argiano wine and olive oil tastings,  farewell dinner and more!

Enjoy a complimentary garden gift from


  • Transfers to and from airports
  • * 10 nights superior  accommodations
  • Garden admission fees
  • Garden Tours
  • English speaking escort
  • City to city transfers by air conditioned coach and private driver
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner, some tastings and teas
  • Garden tours as indicated  with Marjorie Harris

* We reserve the right to substitute named hotels with equal or superior accommodation.

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Entrance fees to museums, galleries and other venues not expressly indicated on the itinerary
  • Lunches, dinners except as indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Fees for optional activities

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La Foce Gardens

Sacro Bosco at Villa Orsini

Montalcino, from the Fortress 6936
View of Montalcino

Palazzo Cervini, Vivo d'Orcia

ricordi di Firenze - Florence, Florence
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Boboli Gardens, Florence

View from Orvieto


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The Itinerary

Garden Tour Host, Marjorie Harris

"To write and to garden are the two passions of my life. The garden is beyond being a hobby or a pastime. It is a library, it is a teacher, and to be in the garden is to be part of something so wonderful and beyond all our control that we cannot help but learn something about nature every time we hit the dirt. We are the stewards of this planet and by making good gardens and practicing good garden techniques we can leave it just a little better than we found it."

Marjorie Harris
's Website

  • Day 1 - Oct 13 - Depart Toronto
  • Day 2 - Oct 14 - arrive Rome
  • Oct 14 - Transfer to Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo
Oct 14-15
Stay at Hotel Degli Angeli (4*) or similar

Oct 14th Relax and enjoy the hotel and Castel Gandolfo
  • Check in
  • Leisure time
  • 4 PM - Visit Ninfa Gardens
  • Dinner at leisure

October 15 - Transfer to Civita Castellana
Leave at 9 AM

Civita Castellana
October 15-16 (1 night)
 Stay at Relais Falisco (4*)

Oct 15 Relax and enjoy Civita Castellana
  • Breakfast at Castel Gandolfo

  • Depart 9 AM

  • Arrive at Relais Falisco

  • Lunch at leisure

  • Tour of Gardens at Castello Ruspoli and reception in the gardens

  • Return to hotel

  • Dinner at leisure

October 16 - Transfer to Pienza

Visit Gardens at Villa Orsini

October 16-19 (3 nights)
Stay at Hotel Corsignano (4*) or similar

Visit Civita di Bagnoregio

Oct 16
  • Breakfast at Relais Falisco
  • Visit Villa Orsini - Il Giardino di Sacro Bosco
  • Lunch at leisure in Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Transfer to Pienza
  • Visit gardens at La Foce - if open
  • Check in at hotel
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Evening at leisure
Oct 17
  • Breakfast at Hotel Corsignano
  • Morning at leisure
  • Lunch at leisure
  • Transfer to Vivo d'Orcia
  • Enjoy Chestnut and Mushroom festival
  • Dinner at festival at leisure
  • Return to hotel
Oct 18
  • Breakfast at Hotel Corsignano
  • Tour of Montalcino and visit to Abbey Sant'Antimo.
  • Lunch in Montalcino - not included
  • Visit to Castello Argiano - wine tastings
  • Dinner in Pienza at leisure
  • Evening at leisure

Oct 19 - Transfer to Fiesole
Leave at 9:00 AM

Visit La Foce Gardens
Visit La Petraia

Oct 19-21 (2 nights)
Stay at Hotel Orto dei Medici (4*) or similar

Oct 19
  • Breakfast at Pienza
  • Transfer to Radda in Chianti
  • Visit La Petraia - tour of agriturismo and tastings
  • Lunch at La Petraia - included
  • Transfer to Florence
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Evening at leisure
Oct 20
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Day at leisure in Florence

Optional activities:

October 21 - Transfer to Lucca
Leave at 9 AM

October 21-23 (2 nights)
Stay at Hotel San Luca Palace (4*)

Visit Montecatini Terme

Oct 21
  • Breakfast at Hotel Ricosoli
  • Transfer to Villa Reale Gardens
  • Lunch at leisure
  • Transfer to Lucca
  • Check in
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Evening at leisure
Oct 22
  • Breakfast at Hotel San Luca Palace
  • Visit Villa Massei Gardens near Massa
  • Transfer to La Spezia
  • Visit Cinque Terre
  • Lunch at leisure
  • Return to Lucca
  • Good-bye dinner
  • Evening at leisure

Optional activities:

  • Evening Puccini Opera concert
  • Visit to Pisa
  • Visit Murabilia Botanical Garden

October 23 - Transfer to Tivoli
Leave at 9 AM

Visit Siena - Villa Cetinale - Gardens
Visit Orvieto

Tivoli - Rome Fiumicino
October 23-24 (1 night)
Stay at Hilton Garden Inn (4*) or similar

Oct 23
  • Breakfast at Hotel San Luca Palace
  • Depart for Siena - 8 AM
  • Visit Il Bosco della Ragnaia
  • Lunch and walk-about at leisure
  • Transfer to Orvieto
  • Walk-about in Orvieto
  • Transfer to Rome Fiumicino hotel
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Evening at leisure
  • October 24 - transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Depart Rome
  • Arrive Toronto

Tour Extension
Oct 24-26

Love Italy?
Stay a little longer in Rome, the
Eternal City.

Just 748/person (double occupancy)

If you would like a different post tour option or if you would like to continue your trip after the tour or after staying in Rome, please contact us for further assistance.  Email

Linda Clay, Travel Specifics
Travel Specifics Website
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