Villas and gardens of the italian lakes discover the heritage and flora of lakes como maggiore and lugano with a specialist guide by boat road and on foot formed by alpine glaciers the lakes of northern italy have inspired poets painters and botanists for many centuries with their attractive villas and magnificent cultivated gardens. The gardens of the italian lakes are a favourite destination for garden lovers and groups the gardens around lake como and lake maggiore in the far north of italy are admired throughout the world for their beauty and variety in a magnificent natural location. The gardens established in the 1820s in the english style showcase citrus trees camellia hedges mimosa dogwoods and azaleas the palace though uninhabited is splendidly furnished with 16th to 19th century italian masterpieces and paintings day 6 we start our last day at the botanical gardens of villa taranto. The cover of steven desmond and marianne majerus new book on the gardens of the italian lakes in addition the gardens of the italian lakes is written by gardener writer and lecturer steven desmond who is both knowledgeable and passionate. The italian lakes are a fantastic place for gardens comparable with kashmir they have great scenery wonderful light a terrific climate and extremely wealthy residents who have been building luxurious villas and gardens since roman times though only a small proportion of the total many villas and gardens are open for visits
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