The not-so-secret gardens~

A walk in the park~

When traveling to Italy, our first order of business is to start the Gardens We Want to Visit list. Often times, this list gets started long before the plane tickets are purchased.

Cities and towns all across Italy have gardens to see and villas to tour. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy those gardens. The weather is pleasant, the throngs of summer tourists have all gone home, and the staff feels more inclined to answer questions and grant you access to the hidden sights that are off limits to the touring hoards.

Most of these gardens are not flower gardens. I’d suggest going to England for those. These gardens are a green oasis from the everyday challenges of life–a calming and sometimes fanciful place to relax.

Here are links to some of our favorite gardens and villas:

Villa Cetinale, just outside of Siena:

Villa Lante in Bagnaia, just outside of Viterbo:

Palazzo Farense, south of Viterbo:

Il Parco dei Mostri (The Monster Park), north of Viterbo:

Villa Gamberaia, just east of Florence: