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The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

As an amateur gardener, I’ve been captivated by British gardens, first in books and then through actual visits. It was not until I toured Italian gardens that I realized the considerable influence Italian Renaissance design … Read entire article »

The Garden of Ninfa, Sermoneta, Italy

The Garden of Ninfa, Sermoneta, Italy

I really was not prepared for the perfection of Ninfa.  I had watched Monty Don’s programme on Italian Gardens, purchased books on the subject and read the online blogs.  I noted the comments of our … Read entire article »

A workout with a view: Hiking in the Italian Cinque Terre

A workout with a view: Hiking in the Italian Cinque Terre

For my 65th birthday, I treated myself to a two-week gardening tour in Italy.  Before joining the tour group in Lucca, I travelled north from the Pisa airport to Cinque Terre (‘Five Lands’) where I spent … Read entire article »

Finding my way in Italy

Finding my way in Italy

I am from small-town Canada and had never travelled outside my country until I went to Italy. While you may think Italy is like Canada, it is not. It took me a week to find … Read entire article »