In the late 19th Century, after the Unification of Italy and Florence’s brief period as Capital of Italy, property prices in Tuscany plummeted and allowed the expatriates to purchase at a ridiculously low cost. The advantage to today’s tourist is that these expatriates in exile used their money to re-establish these formal gardens to their previous glory and have left their heritage for us to visit.

Tuscan villas were often surrounded by farms and vineyards with beautiful gardens at the foot of the villa. Tuscans, with their artistic sense and attachments to their surroundings, create gardens that fit into their landscapes and use limited colour that doesn’t perish under the Tuscan sun.

Garden tours

Whether it is a single afternoon or the full five days, walking tours within the city, day trips to nearby hilltop villas or an extended trip around Tuscany, our garden visits can be tailored to your interests and your budget.

Our schedules offers a small group a private 5 day tour of various Tuscan gardens – many of which are not generally open to the public.

We have a private minibus to take us to the various gardens with maximum comfort and efficiency so our costs will depend on numbers and gardens visited.

Previous events

A day trip to Iris Origo’s La Foce, DopoLavoro La Foce and Montepuliciano.

A day trip to La Foce & DopoLavoro La Foceand Montepuliciano. DopoLavoro La Foce is a restaurant, lodged in a building that formed part of the grounds of Anthony and Iris Origo's estate in Val D'Orcia. It was originally the place where their farm workers could gather...

Emilio Santarelli, who sculpted Michelangelo and grew a garden full of camelias

Emilio Santarelli,(1801–1886) was the Florentine artist who sculpted the vigorous and sympathetic sculpture of Michelangelo Buonarotti for one of the most prominent niches in the Uffizi.  He was an important Florentine artist, reputedly 'discovered' and encouraged by...

Private garden tours with a Literary theme 7-8th May 2014

  Many Tuscan gardens in and around Florence are a mixture of  Italian landscape and English formality. In the late 19th Century, after the Unification of Italy and Florence's brief period as Capital of Italy, property prices in Tuscany plummeted and allowed the...

The Life and Times of Iris Origo – lecture in Florence by Katie Campbell

My first disclaimer - this is not an attempt to completely rewrite Katie's enjoyable presentation on Monday night - my hope is solely to stimulate readers sufficiently to find out more about this fascinating women and her extraordinary garden , shown below. Iris Origo...

Tuscan Garden Tour with Dr Katie Campbell – proposed agenda May 2016

Tuscan Garden Tour with Dr Katie Campbell - proposed agenda May 2016   This is the seventh year that Social Garden historian Dr Katie Campbell, who Senior Research Fellow in Garden History at University of Buckingham, has led garden tours in Tuscany on behalf of...

Garden tours in Tuscany with Katie Campbell 10-14 October 2012

So pleased to welcome Dr Katie Campbell back to Florence for another garden tour this October. Katie at Villa Gamberaia in May Katie in the gardens at La Foce last year As always we can expect a lively and articulate introduction to the gardens of Tuscany and the...

Garden tours with Katie Campbell – starting October 10 2012 – first day itinerary

The walled town of Pienza is a two hour drive from Florence on the motorway but it takes us through some stunning Tuscan scenery and we know that the visit will be worth the journey Previously known as Corsignano the walled city was the childhood home of Aeneas...

Tuscan Garden Tour with wine tasting – led by garden historian Dr Katie Campbell14-18 May 2012

Many Tuscan gardens in and around Florence are a mixture of  Italian landscape and English formality - we are mixing Italian design and Italian wine for our tours! These tours are led by a garden expert and driven by a professional and licensed tour driver. In the...

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  • Single afternoon or a full five days
  • Walking tours within the city
  • Day trips to nearby hilltop villas or an extended trip around Tuscany
  • Our garden visits can be tailored to your interests and your budget.

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