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  2. 2. Italian Gardens are world renowned for being some of the most VISIT ITALY important gardens in the history of art. invites you Visiting Grandi Giardini Italiani means to discover moving off the beaten track and discovering some Esperienza d’eccezione of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. Visit Italy the beauty now gives you the opportunity to stay the night in of the W these living works of art, walk around after closing Italian rt of hours and, as a highly exclusive experience, wake up in a real paradise;something that you will re-outdoor living member for the rest of your life! 3
  3. 3. G ardens have been built, throu- gh the centuries, all over Italy,form the lake area in the north rightdown to Siciliy in the south. Thatmeans that Visit Italy is able to pickout the finest places to stay,organizespecial functions and lunches withthe help of garden owners that arepart of the Grandi Giar-dini Italiani network.It doesn’t matter howmuch time you haveto spend the importantthing is not to spend itin a queue, or in a caotictraffic jam. Visit Italy wants you tospend your time in a relaxing walkround a magnificent garden, sippinga good cocktail under a grapevineon a mild meditteraean evening, orjust taking time off from everyday Esperienza d’eccezionestress reading a good book undera century old Oak tree looking outover fountains and perfectly keptlawns. 5
  4. 4. 1 Castello di Roncade 1 2 Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin 2 3 Villa Arvedi 2 4 Villa Melzi d’Eril 2 5 Villa Matilde 2 6 Palazzo Malingri di Bagnolo 2 7 Palazzo Fantini 2 8 Villa La Massa 2 9 Relais Badia di Campoleone 2 10 La Foce 2 11 Grotta Giusti 2 12 Villa Gamberaia 2 13 Fonte dei Medici 2 14 Borgo San Felice 2Index 15 Villa Armena Buonconvento 2 16 Fonteverde 2 17 Parco Idrotermale del Negombo 2 18 Grand Hotel Terme di Stigliano 2 19 Parco dei Principi Esperienza d’eccezione 2 20 Borgo Seghetti Panichi 2 21 Planeta Estate 2 22 Casa Pennisi 26 www.visititalytours.it 7
  5. 5. a room in the 1 garden 2 Castello di Roncade (Treviso) 3 Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin (Vescovada, Padova) 4 Villa Arvedi (Grezzana, Verona) 5 Villa Melzi d’Eril (Bellagio, Como) 6 Villa Matilde (Romano Canavese, Torino) 7 Palazzo Malingri di Bagnolo (Bagnolo Piemonte, Cuneo) Relais Badia Campoleone (Capolona, Arezzo) 8 La Foce (Chianciano, Siena) 9 Palazzo Fantini (Tredozio, Forlì-Cesena) Grotta Giusti (Monsummano Terme, Pistoiai)10 Villa La Massa (Candeli, Firenze) Parco Storico Seghetti Panichi (Castel di Lama, AP)11 Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, Firenze)12 Fonte dei Medici (Monteridolfi, Firenzei)13 Borgo San Felice (Borgo San Felice, Sienai)14 Villa Armena (Buonconvento, Siena) Fonteverde (San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena)1516 Grand Hotel Terme di Stigliano (Monterano, Roma)17 Parco Idrotermale del Negombo (Lacco Ameno, Isola d’Ischia, Napoli)18 Hotel Parco dei Principi (Sorrento, Napoli)1920 Planeta Estate (Menfi, Agrigento) Casa Pennisi (Catania)2122
  6. 6. LOCATION cent and The landscapes in the region are characterized by mother of Clau- an extraordinary variety. In Veneto region you can dio, provided herself the find natural beauties, such as the sceneries of the choice of furnishing with taste and Dolomites, the shores of the lake of Garda, the imagination. Also the Buffet breakfast gives the vi- landscape of the Euganei and then the seaside sitor the possibility to live an awakening of absolute towns. The large natural variety of environments pleasure, tasting the best gastronomic products that offers the passionate many paths to discover, while the Venetian territory has to offer. The apartments, the greedy will be able to enjoy the flavors of the extracted within the seductive and ancient medie- local traditions. To complete the picture, you will val structures, provide all the modern comforts. In also find many local fairs and cultural shows, folk the winter there is a centralized heating system that appointments and thermal centers of international perfectly heats the spaces, while in the summer, fame. the same walls of the tower provide a natural air conditioning system. ACCOMMODATION The kindness and the professionalism, with ADDRESS Via Roma, Roncade (Treviso) which the guest is welcomed, have the pur- pose of making the environment extremely Treviso 9 Miles comforting, letting the most demanding clients Surroundings Venice 22 Miles Castello di Roncade also feel “at home.” Everything has been se- lected according to criteria of elegance and style. The Baroness Illaria Ciani Bassetti, wife of Vin- Padova Vicenza Verona 36 Miles 54 Miles 80 Miles TrevisoAn ancient moat and powerful medieval walls, with squat square towers at the four corners and well-proportio-ned circular towers placed at the entrance gateway, surround and austerely 15th century Venetian villa of severeelegance. This has a loggia with two tiers of arches, for its architecture it is considered among the first examplesof Venetian villas.A small army of seventeenth century statues representing infantrymen from the Venetian army marches along thecentral avenue from the entrance gateway to the Villa.The open space seems much larger then it really is due to the presence of four monumental trees, two Magnoliagrandiflora and two Cedrus libani planted symmetrically, which have a grandiose, extensive spread. The speci-mens of Lagerstroemia indica which border the stairway facing the Villa are also more than a century old.GARDENSThe garden is located inside the walls, in a square space with an avenue along the perimeter. An Italian stylegarden serves as invitation to the private chapel, while behind the building the garden still continues for a briefline with great mastings of quality, among which Taxodium, and cypresses along the ditch. Little beyond it takesthe upper hand the countryside with the rows of grapevine that testify the actual vocation of the ownership.Plan a visit: open all year round from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12pm and from 3pm to 7pm. 10 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 11
  7. 7. Villa Arvedi GARDENS Villa Arvedi is also known for its Italian style garden.
It is an elegant and sober accessory to the Villa and is characterised by its refined Verona double fan drawings, unique in Italy.
It is bor- dered by a low wall and extends onto a terrace that looks out onto the front of the villa.
It is open on the east side where there is the ac- cess road and open countryside, whilst on the north side a high wall protects it from the cold winds. 
Century-old boxwood bushes line the path, complete with its central fountain. It is from here that a complex design unfolds, consisting of antique low boxwood bushes, which create an extraordinary feeling of space ph. Alessandro Rania and are in harmony with the building’s faca- de. 
The magnificent road that leads from the estate’s entrance to the villa is lined with boxwo- od trees that have been pruned into geometric perspective shapes. Plan a visit: Guided tours daily by appointment for groups of 10 persons LOCATION Villa Arvedi is located only 9 km away from Ve- rona and it is a perfect place to discover the town, the Lake garda and Vicenza with its be- autiful Venetian Villas. ph. Alessandro Rania ACCOMMODATION La Villa dispone di 11 appartamenti ph. Alessandro RaniaVilla Arvedi in Cuzzano, Grezzana, was registered as the property of Mastino, Alberto and Cangrande della Scala Verona 9 milessince 1200. In 1432 it was described as: ”a holding with a battlemented house, and wine and oil presses”. It is Peschiera del Garda 32 milessituated on the slope of a hill and surrounded above by an ancient olive grove and a wood full of oaks and hor- Vicenza 39 milesnbeams. Towards the middle of 1650 it took on its current form based on the architect’s G.B. Bianchi designs. Mantova 42 milesThe room on the first floor and the small church are covered in frescos painted by Ludovico Dorigny (1654-1742). Surroundings Padova 56 milesThere are also frescos created by Farinati, Fralezza and Santo Prunati. In the centre of the rear courtyard there Venezia 80 milesis a small baroque church dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo (he stayed here during his journey to Trento for the Treviso 91 miles1485 Council). Just a note: here was filmed the movie “Letters from Juliette”. Ferrara 101 miles ph. Alessandro Rania 12 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 13
  8. 8. Villa Melzi d’Eril GARDENS The English style gardens, enriched by sculptures, were designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and the botanist Luigi Villoresi, both respon- Como sible for the setup of the gardens of the Villa Reale in Monza. The greater glamour of the property resides in the extraordinary park facing the lake and in the expedients adop- ted to expand optically the space, in reality narrow, between l’ incipient hill (also a monumental park) and theThe Gardens of Villa Melzi stretch out along the lake shore and are harmoniously inserted into the hilly sce- water mirror.nery of the Bellagio peninsula that divides the two branches of Lario lake. Inland, the Villa, the Chapel and To welcome the visitor a pool of ninfee, little beyond a kiosk in Moorish style with charming sight on Bellagio and,the orangery, today transformed into a historical museum, are splendid expression of neo-classical style opposite, the monument to Dante and Beatrice of the Comolli, that seems have inspired “La Sonata to Dante”and as such stated national monument. of Liszt.This architectural complex was realized between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d’Eril (1753-1816), The walk of the avenue of the plane trees, trimmed low with mastery to umbrella, ends in the immense terraceDuke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and afterwards Gran Chancellor of the opposite the villa, framed from ancient and valuable statues. In the park exotic plants alternate with rare age-oldNapoleonic Reign of Italy. Francesco Melzi d’Eril relied upon the architect and decorator Giocondo Alber- trees, gigantic hedges of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.tolli (1742-1839), an exponent of great importance in neo-classicism, asking for a villa looking sober and Between the more precious plants you can find Liriodendron tulipifera, cedars of the Lebanon, red beeches,polished whose simple lines and volumes would emphasize the surrounding amazing countryside. camphors, Ginkgo biloba; many others, of botanical and historic value, are highlighted to add interest to the visit.Through the contribution of great artists and artisans and the special concordance between them and Plan a visit: from March 24 till end of October 2012 . Daily from 9.30am to 6.30 pmFrancesco Melzi the whole complex was shaped like a place of rare harmony and was admired, amongthe others, by Stendhal who described its beauty in his book “Rome, Naples, Florence” dated 1817. LOCATION The gardens of villa Melzi are stretched along the shore of the lake and they are harmoniously inserted in the hillyADDRESS Via Lungolario Manzoni Bellagio (Como) picture of the peninsula of Bellagio that divides the two branches of the Lario. ph. Daniele Cavadini 14 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 15
  9. 9. AC- The Gardens COMMODATION Palazzo The park of original design in the 600, has gone thru a ro- mantic remake in the 800. Covering about two hectares, “The Cascine -Farmhouses” located around the castle fortitude in the year Thousand, in the agri- Malingri is rich in centuries-old trees as much as 40 metres tall, cultural estate of over 50 hectares among lawns, with examples of pinus nigra, pinus austriaca, cedri deo- vineyards, orchards and secular woods, are an- dara, taxus bacata, metasequoie as well as fagus tricolor, cient rural buildings in stone built between 1500 di Bagnolo oaks, chestnuts, libocedrus and criptomeria japonica. As a main feature of the Parco Malingri there are bloomed and 1800. Restored in 2006 as accomodation of charme in the local rustic style, preserving bushes for every season and a collection of acidofile, the characteristics of the ancient use, each has Cuneo rododendri, azaleas, ortensie and camellia. Plan a their own well and firewood oven, portico or visit: by appointment only hayloft and large size green and in bloom spa- ces to live the countryside.The slope of the Piedmont hill of Valle Po is LOCATIONbroken by an earthen platform held in place by Tranquility, intact nature and landscape, outskir- ADDRESS Via Palazzo, 23 Bagnolo Piemontedry stone masonry. The park of Malingri Palace ts of great tourist value the cities of art Saluz- (Cuneo)in Bagnolo stands on this platform. zo and Pinerolo, the Po Valley and the splendidWithin the Palace, or “slow Castle”, that has been Cuneese valleys; possibility to do many differentthe residence of the Melingri family since XV sec., sports, to train or to walk on the signed pathsthere is a romantic English garden. From the yard, inside the property.thru a small door, you can enter the park welco-med by the imposing volume of the tulips tree(liriodendron tulipifera), the sight often surprises Cascina Bruce’ for the magic of shadows, lights and colors. The Il Tinaggio (4 guests)drawing of the paths travels all around the garden La Vecchia (5 guests)closed from wall. There are two large meadows Il Cravot (2 guests)that seemed framed by high age-old trees, coni- Guest room (2 guests)fers and broadleaves of different species and flou- Cascina Castlin with pool ph. Bruno Cattanirishing collections of shrubs like rhododendrons, Le Colonne 70mq (2 guests)azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, camellias. In the Available accommodation La Torre (2 guests)center of meadow towards the valley, there is an La Vite 36 mq (4 guests) Pinerolo 9 mileselliptical stone bath named “fountain of the green Cascina Bedassot Salluzzo 14 miles Surroundingsman” with reference to some story lost in time, Il Forno (2 guests) Torino 32 milesoffers shelter to small fish that graze around the La Mangiatoia (2 guests) Cuneo 34 milesstems of the ninfee. ph. Dario Fusaro Il Pozzo (4 guests) Alessandria 78 miles 16 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 17
  10. 10. Palazzo Fantini Forlì GARDEN The elegant but rather austere eighteenth century façade does not give even a hint of the welcoming secrecy of the garden. Nothing can be gues- sed from outside, but after passing through the doorway into the first courtyard, guests are welcomed by a game of carved box hedges, salvia splendida and a pond containing water plants. The courtyard is surroun- ded by private entrances and a series of buildings which were once part of the farm. Suddenly there is a surprise, an Italianate garden which is raised in com- ph. Gabriele Angelini parison to the level of the house, and which can only be reached by a flight of steps by the side of a large bulkhead. The garden consists of various sections which are set down on the hill and on the slope. The Romantic garden was designed in the nineteenth century, reflecting the classical themes of the period, such as the secret paths, the fountain with water lilies, the precise geometry of the hedges, the topiary hedges and the ancient rose bushes with lamb’s ears plants and borders of “old-fashio- ned” flowers, such as dahlias, begonias, irises and lantanas. The corner of Aromatic Herbs, in contrast, was designed and created more recently.ph. Gabriele Angelini LOCATION but elegant, are functional and hi- Rondoni”, double room with valley Tredozio, in the heart of “Romagna” ghlight the original rustic characters view and bathroom with shower Tuscany, a town at borderline, in with beams to sight, floors with and “Le Ginestre”, double room the middle of two wondurful regions “cotto” and furnishings of nineteen- with garden view and bathroomPalazzo Fantini is the splendid result of a series of layered constructions made at time. that still live of that set apart nature, th-century taste. with shower.The original constrution is from Sixteen Century, but the palace got its actual shape around the middle of Seven- away from the contemporary fren- On the ground floor is located theteen century, zies in a panorama of woods and suite “Il Forno” with a queen size ADDRESS Via San Michele, 47The valuable decorations Liberty are from the Nine hundred. On initiative of the actual owner the stables, the tortuous roads. Torre Fantini B&B is bed, bathroom with shower, kitche- Tredozio (FC)wine cellars, the two ample courts and the barns have been faithfully recovered, typical of the ancient nobility located at the doors of the Natio- nette and small living area with sofaestates of the countryside. nal Park of the Casentinesi Forests, bed. On the first floor is located “IlPark and garden Italian style are jewels of notable charm. The part dedicated to the park offers recurrent kind you 17 Miles from Faenza, along the old Camino”, queen size bed with fire- Faenza 19 milescan find in the great Italian landscape gardens: besides holm trees, chestnut trees, white poplars, hollies, make Street Faentina. place, garden view and bathroom Ravanna 50 miles Surroundingsbeautiful show of itself conifers as Abies pinsapo, Pinus nigra and above all stately cedars (Cedrus libani, C. with shower and “La Vecchia Tor- Bologna 52 milesdeodara and C. Atlantic). On this grandiose background they jump the hems in trimmed boxwood, within which Firenze 56 miles ACCOMMODATION re”, queen size bed with valley viewin the summer they detach for contrast colored seasonal flowers. The lawns, the tubs of ninfee, the bushes of San Marino 73 miles At clients disposal four nice rooms and bathroom with shower. On theancient roses, the mixed hems, the festoons of begonie underline and they enliven the sketch. and a suite. The interiors, simple second floor is located “Il Nido dei 18 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 19
  11. 11. Villa La Massa Firenze LOCATION ditional Florentine style. Recently a new and splendid Villa La Massa is comfortably situated to the south of Presidential suite with private garden has been open to Florence, only a few kilometers from the exit “Firenze the public. The spacious and airy rooms are decoratedImmersed in the heart of Tuscany, where nature predominates, this splendid mansion is a place where refined sud” of the A1 motorway. It is at the gateway to the with antique furniture, fabrics woven at the historic Flo-elegance meets total relaxation from the moment you arrive. famous Chianti wine region, with most notable villa- rentine textile mills, wrought iron and woodwork fromPart of the Leading Hotels of the World, Villa La Massa is the exquisite jewel of the Villa d’Este Group. The 16th ges reachable within 30 minutes and ideally positio- the famous old-time Florence cabinet makers. Bathro-Century estate sits on the banks of the Arno River, on 20 acres full of lemon trees and olive groves that surround ned for day trips within the Tuscan region. oms and their fittings are done in a style reflecting thethe property. Its reflection on the Arno River renders it almost like a Renaissance painting of the most magnificent Guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service to and atmosphere of times gone and are fitted with Carrarabucolic landscape. from the Ponte Vecchio 7 days a week. marble. Most have windows framing the beautiful Tu-Located just a few kilometers outside Florence, you may wish to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the scan landscape.Tuscan capital city, making use of the comfortable shuttle bus that the hotel provides. But at the end of a busy ACCOMMODATIONday, the peace and serenity of the Villa calls you so you return to a place where time and your mind, stop in time. Two Villas dating back to the days of the Medici (16th ADDRESS Via della Massa, 24 Firenze, Candeli century): the Noble Villa (Villa Nobile), the Old Mill (Vec-GARDENS chio Mulino) and the more recent little Villa (Villino) areVilla La Massa is graced with 22 acres of gardens that surround it, full of paths that lead you to the Arno River and the highlights of Villa La Massa which, from an ancient dwelling of the aristocracy, was turned into a hotel in Florence 4 Miles Surroundingsfrom which you can only see the beautiful panorama of the Chianti Rufina hills that surround it. 1948. The hotel offers its guests 37 rooms, all different Greve in Chianti 13 MilesA limited number of precious olive oil bottles is produced every year from the olive groves that surround the property. from one another, and all recently refurbished in the tra- Siena 41 MilesPlan a visit: during the opening of the Hotel (from March 24th till November 5th 2011) from 10.30am till 11.30am San Gimignano 32 Milesand from 2.30pm till 4.30pm. 20 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 21
  12. 12. La Foce SienaVilla and garden embrace the spectacular view of the Val D’Orcia and Monte Amiata beyond. Antonio Origo LOCATION at Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala of Siena. It featureswas chiefly concerned with bringing prosperity and modern cultural methods to the then very poor valley, while The farm of La Foce is nestled in the Hills of Val D’Orcia, a three floors, uphill and surrounded by the famous gardenIris concentrated on the garden, her books and welfare end education of the farmer families. The garden grew lovely valley in the southern Tuscany, miraculously intact. created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsenttogether with the works and progress on the farm. For the Origos, the garden represented a haven from the Half way from Florence to Rome, short distance from Sie- The palace is only 500 Meters away from the Villa la Foceharshness of the land, and a place to welcome their friends, to treasure the shade, the flower blossom and to na, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Also jewels from on the way to Chiarentana, the only B&B of all the featuredshelter from the harsh temperatures of the Valley in the summer. medieval and reinassance villages such as Pienza, Mon- accommodation but can be rented weekly by a familyToday la Foce is a center for cultural and artistic activities. The incontri in Terra di Siena festival organized con- tepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino are a short di- or a group of 8 passengers.certs and exhibitions of contemporary art and Etruscan archaeology, and several other activities provide points stance away. The countryside offers wonderful paths in theof interest in most season. woods and hills of Siena, the cuisine is among the best in ADDRESS Strada della Vittoria 63 Chianciano Ter- the region and in the local wineries you can sample most me (Siena)GARDENS famous wines such as Vino Nobile and Brunello. CulturalThe garden grew gradually, between 1925 and 1939. The house is surrounded by a formal Italian garden, which is events (Concerts, Galleries, Seminars) are organized in thedivided into geometrical ‘rooms’ by box hedges with lemon trees in terracotta pots. Travertine stairs lead to the rose nearby sites.garden and a winding wisteria-covered pergola bordered by lavender hedge.Plan a visit: from November thru March every Wednesday afternoon at 3,00 Pm and 4:00 Pm,
from April thru October ACCOMMODATIONat 3:00 Pm, 4:00 Pm, 5:00 Pm and 6:00 Pm: every first week-end in the months of April, May, June and October every The compound of La Foce features the Villa, thehour from 10:00 Am to 12:00 Pm and
from 3:00 Pm to 6:00 Pm main Residence, few houses used in the past by Florence 76 miles farmers living on site and the medieval castle of Ca- Perugia 55 miles stelluccio. In the Castle, every summer, a music festival Siena 52 miles Surroundings takes place, an event organized and directed by musician Cortona 35 miles Antonio Lysy. The Villa, built at the end of the 15th century Orvieto 35 miles as an inn along the route, has been a property of the Gre- Montalcino 21 miles 22 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 23
  13. 13. La Gamberaia GARDENS carefully restored, furnish with ancient furniture Firenze The most interesting part of the park is south side of the building. Here opens a beautiful par- of family and offering modern equipments: Cap- pella, Nettuno, Limonaia (ancient fifteenth-cen- terre, wanted by princess Ghyka. The floor is se- tury farm that dominates the lemon garden and parated in four rectangular flower beds of water, has a vine-trellis, ideal to have lunch) and Villa. from the course very lengthened, underlined by hedges of boxwood (often double) that finish in a ADDRESS Via del Rossellino 72 Settignano (Firen- hemicycle-belvedere marked by cypresses sha- ze) ped to arches with a scenic effect similar to an eighteenth-century theater of verzura, that allows perspective views of big suggestion over the Flo- rentine country. PLAN A VISIT: Daily Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm - On Sunday from 9am to 4pm LOCATION Located on the Settignano hills, two steps from the city but surrounded by the silence of paradi- se, Villa Gamberaia has an exceptional view of Florence and the Arno valley. Strolling in the be- autiful Italian style garden that for centuries have been the mean attraction of the Villa, the visitor can admire the surrounding view and feel absor- bed in the heart of Tuscany. ACCOMMODATION At Gamberaia there are four housesThe most ancient news of the location know as “Gamberaja” goes back to the second half of ‘300 when a farm Cappella 180mq (6 guests) Available accommodationwith an agricultural house was once owned by the nuns of S. Martin to Shelf. The name referred to the presence Nettuno 180mq (6 guests)of a course of sweet water where the shrimps were fished. It is a monument rich in history, its enchantments are Limonaia 180mq (8 guests)revealed little by little to whom who spends the time to discover them. Villa 750mq (18 guests)The garden is a bright and clever game of heights and voids, in which water’s tubs delimited by the boxwoodreplace the parterres. The longitudinal axle is constituted by a great lawn path; at the intersection with the se-condary one, is located the decorated cabinet with statues, games of water and four stairways that give accessto two woods of secular holm trees and the lemon garden, with arboreal peonies and backs of roses “Albértine.” 24 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 25
  14. 14. Parco idrotermale del Negombo LOCATION The island of Ischia is located at the northern end of the gulf of Naples and is not far from the Isola di Ischia islands of Procida and Vivara. The whole island, other is not than the summit of the Mountain Epomeo, the part in surface of the under-The Duca Luigi Silvestro Camerini, humanist and traveller, arrives to Ischia in 1946 to research a location where sea volcano. Ischia is famous forhe could create a park that could express his great passion for botany. The charm of the place and its surprising its thermal waters, used since theanalogy with the bay of Negombo, from him admired at Ceylon, makes the choice fall on the bay of San Mon- antiquity. Already the first farmerstano. Here the nature finds its more significant expressions in the thermal sources, proff of the volcanic history Euboici (VIII century a.C.), as seenof the island of Ischia that is possible to use according to a tradition that has roots from the classic age. The from the many archeological findspresent aspect of the park owns a lot to the passionate intervention of the landscape painter Ermanno Casasco. recovered in the site of Pithecusa and preserved at the Archeolo-GARDENS gical Museum of Villa Arbusti inThe landscape painter Ermanno Casasco has created a garden deeply connected to the millennial culture of the Lacco Ameno, appreciated andisland, full of surprises and unexpected solutions. From 1998 in the park you can find important sculptures of used the waters of the thermalcontemporary art. In this garden the landscape is integrated with the splendor of plants arrived from Australia, sources of the island.Japan, South Africa, Brazil.They signal examples of variegated Orbea, Hakea, Encephalartos, Macrozamia, Cycas media, Dasylirium, Erythri-na, Schinus terebindifloria, a centenary Ficus magnolioides and wondeurful Eucaliptus ficifolia. ACCOMMODATIONPlan a visit: from April 20 to October 14 . Daily from 5:30pm to 7pm (last entrance 6pm). Baths and seaside The Hotel della Baia, That facesestablishment are open from 8.30am to 7pm the Park of the Negombo, counts sixteen rooms (two of which with Turkish bath), provided of every comfort, terraces with garden, five independent dependences with garden, American bar and brea- kfast in hotel. Lunch and dinner are served at Negombo that offers besides the restaurant, pools with sea water, thermal, kneipp, priva- te beach. At the Wellness Center it is pos- sible to do thermal treatments and aesthetic curative treatments. There is also a Turkish bath and covered pool. ADDRESS Via S. Montano Lacco Ameno - Isola d’Ischia (Na- poli) 26 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 27
  15. 15. Grand Hotel GARDENS in the park you can still find the remains of the Roman thermal baths, made bigger from the Imperor Tiberio. The presence of the thermal Terme di Stigliano waters and the exceptional microclimate has made the flora of Stigliano extraordina- rily exuberant. Some exclusive kinds of this park, exhibit different spontaneous flowerings in every season. The park of more than 20 hectares, undue along a magic itinerary: maples, centenary oaks, lecci, oaks, Roma cores, tamerici and giant bamboo unite to the Roman pines. Extremely complex also the fauna: herons, hawks, owls, porcupines, rates, foxes, weasels. Plan a visit: from March to January, with group visits for party of 10 minimum by appointment only.The Grand Hotel delle Terme di Stigliano is located in one of the most suggestive frames of the Lazio Re- LOCATION dern comforts of today. beautiful view of the famous Stiglia-gion. The structure was built in the year Seven hundred, when the thermal baths became property of the The Grand Hotel Stigliano is located The interior design, the decor along no Park.royal family Altieri, and it built above remaining’s of Roman temples. in a beautiful area of the inner land the walls, make Stigliano an en- Every room is characterized by theThe first testimonies on the existence of Stigliano go back to the times of the “etruscans”; known fact is of Lazio Region not far from Brac- chanted place, with the addition individuality of the décor and furni-that this ancient population was very tied up to the cult of the thermal baths and these places considered ciano Lake and the Etruscan settle- of the typical warming atmosphere ture, a strong classical call in har-sacred. In Roman epoch, the waters were called “Thermae Stygyane”, to comparison of the magic power- ment of Cerveteri. known from the buildings of that mony with the history and the char-ful waters of the swamp Stygia. epoque. me of the style of the building.The hotel is inserted in a botanical park, an appealing spot for the quality, the kinds of plants and for the ACCOMMODATION The Grand Hotel offers 46 roomswaters: nine different rising and two rivers cross the park and make it a unique place. The park, completely The hotel offers an elegant and re- between charming and romantic in ADDRESS Via Bagni di Stiglianorestructured, extends along the run of the thermal sources that assure a great nourishment to the ground, fined environment in tone with the the main building and the delightful Canale Monterano (Roma)guaranteeing an exuberant and luxuriant flora. Maples, secular oaks, giant bamboo and tall pines frame splendor of the past and the mo- dependance and 2 suites, all with athe horizon and the landscape. ph. Alberto Nardi 28 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 29
  16. 16. Parco Storico Se- ghetti Panichi Ascoli30 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 31
  17. 17. LOCATION with a third bed option, a living room, a breakast Acireale is set at the edge of a large plateau on the nook overlooking the roof gardens, where wea- coast facing the Ionian Sea. In the surrounding you ther permitting breakfast is served. can engage beautiful scenic routes, the sea is within The fresh and natural products are brought di- walking distance thru a natural trail in the Natural rectly from the Family farm. Reserve of Timpa. Acireale is a popular thermal de- stination, famous for sulfur water since its ancient ADDRESS Piazza Pennisi, 29 Acireale origins. (Catania) Casa Pennisi ACCOMMODATION On one wing of the house there is a large apart- Taormina Siracusa 24 miles 50 miles Surroundings ment, elegantly furnished, can be used for lod- Noto 66 miles Catania ging or exclusive receptions. Modica 86 miles The apartement features two large double rooms Palermo 133 milesThe Palazzo Pennisi of Floristella dates back in the ‘800, located in the historical city center of the Baroquecity of Acireale, set between Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica of S.Sebastiano. A Family residence sinceits early creation by Baron Agostino Pennisi of Floristella as it stands today.One of the two rooms was once an important numismatic collection of Greek-Sicilian coins dated back tothe 6th-9th century B.C. today displayed in an exhibit at the Regional Archeology Museum of Siracusa.A distinctive value is given by the monumental marble staircase, in neo-classical style. The interior spaceof the Palazzo are still featuring the original decor.The gardens of Palazzo Pennisi of Floristella was planted at the end of the XIX Century as frame to the presti-gious Grand Hotel des Bain. The Grand Hotel was built by the Florentine architect Mariano Falcini tohost the clients of the contemporary Terme di Santa Venera in an harmonious environment. Acirealewas a quite renowned thermal destination and counted among its hosts the Italian Royal family, Ri-chard Wagner family and prominent Doctor Antonio CardarelliGARDENSThe Architect assigned to design the gardens was Mariano Falcini, who characterised it with a classical structu-re, with paths delimitated by high box hedges and impressive flower-beds. Tropical plants, that can still be ad-mired, were also inserted together with Mediterranean essences creating an incredibly fascinating and attractiveensambleAs a result, nowadays ancient palms (Washingtonia, Chamaerops, Poenix), colossal Yuccas, Sterlizias, Guaiabos,Cycas, Laracandas, Chorysias come towards visitors, surrounded by walnut trees, cluster pines and mulberries.Plan a visit: by Appointment only 32 www.visititalytours.it Esperienza d’eccezione 33