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Villas & Gardens Around Rome

Rome 5 nights Price from £1,785 per person
Departs: 02 Oct 2022
Departs: 02 Oct 2022

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Italy not only has many of the greatest 16th and 17th century gardens in Europe, it also has some which have been extensively restored and indeed created in the 20th century. We visit two of these at Ninfa and La Landriana. Our tour will show you a wonderful selection of villas and gardens in the countryside around Rome as well as some in the city itself. We stay at the traditional 4 star Park Hotel Villa Grazioli in Frascati, a charming town surrounded by vineyards, which produce its eponymous wine, only 20 kilometres from Rome. Built in 1580 by Cardinal Carafa, the Villa Grazioli has vaulted ceilings and intricate 17th century frescoes.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners and two lunches
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer
  • Supplement for room in main villa: £280 per room


  • Day 1 - Fly to Rome

    We fly from London to Rome and transfer to Frascati where we stay for five nights at the 4 star Park Hotel Villa Grazioli.
  • Day 2 - Discovering Rome

    The day will be spent in Rome starting with a visit to the Villa Borghese Gardens and Gallery which were formed in the early 17th century. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and then go to the Villa Torlonia, which recently reopened after a long period of restoration. This is a neo-Classical villa once owned by the Torlonia family, one of the grandest in Rome in the 19th century.
  • Day 3 - Villa Lante and Villa Farnese

    Today’s gardens are the Villa Lante and the Villa Farnese. The Villa Lante at Bagnaia is one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance gardens: its symmetrical design is absolutely perfect. The Summer and Winter Gardens of the Villa Farnese give way to a path which leads through a wooded landscape and eventually reaches the Casino, used by the all powerful Farnese family as a private refuge. This evening we will drive through vineyards to have dinner at the Cantina di Santa Benedetta. There will be a tasting of Frascati wine with the winemaker, followed by dinner in the lovely old farmhouse.
  • Day 4 - Tivoli

    Today is spent in Tivoli with its two great gardens: the Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. The narrow terraces of the Villa D’Este create the effect of a dramatic hanging garden, opening out at each descending level.
  • Day 5 - La Landriana

    The garden at La Landriana was created over a thirty year period by the Marchesa Lavinia Taverna. The garden has over thirty separate compartments; some are devoted to a single species, some to a style and some to a colour. Our next garden is no less wonderful and even more romantic – the garden at Ninfa, planted a hundred years ago over the ruins of the 14th century walled town.
  • Day 6 - Villa Aldobrandini

    Before making our way to the airport we visit Villa Aldobrandini, given by Pope Clement VII to his nephew in 1598. This is the finest of all the Frascati villas where much use is made of water features. This is a fitting end to our discovery of some of Italy’s finest gardens.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart Heathrow at 10.35 arrive Rome at 14.15.

Depart Rome at 17.25 arrive Heathrow at 19.10.

Regional departures available on request.

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on sharing a double room. Supplement for single occupancy as shown.

Prices are based on rooms in the hotel’s annexe connected to the main villa by an underground walkway. Supplement for room in main villa: £280 per room.

02 Oct 2022

Status Limited

Price from£1785

Single Supp.£298

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The Villa was built in 1580 by Cardinal Carafa who chose the site for its tranquillity and its wonderful views of the city.

Caroline Howard

Caroline Howard

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Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

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Villas & Gardens Around Rome

By Ms L, West Sussex, 04 February 2019

The tour guide was exemplary. As well as being very knowledgeable about all the aspects of the places we visited, he was able to share his own knowledge - the two things do not always go together!

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