Tyrol Castle

The post on Trauttmansdorff Garden was too long so I will post the rest of the day’s activities on this new post. Some scenes on our way to the castle. There were a couple of castles along the way. The Tyrol Castle that we saw was a complex of several buildings inside and built on…

Dolomites

We have stayed at such a beautiful hotel these 2 nights that I have to show you before we start our tour of the Dolomites. The grounds of the hotel go right to the beach at Lake Garda.The name of the hotel is Dulac Et Du Parc Grand Resort View from my room Some of…

Lake Garda

The largest lake in Italy is Lake Garda and we visited 2 wonderful gardens there today. HELLER GARDEN There are so many plants in the Heller Garden that there is no chance for a weed to get established. There are plants everywhere among the tall trees. It is a whimsical garden with a lot of…

Lake Como

We saw 2 gardens at Lake Como and another one not on the itinerary. The roads around Lake Como are so narrow that 2 cars can barely pass. When 2 buses meet it is a big problem. Our bus had to back up. VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO Here are some views on the way to see…

Switzerland

The first garden we saw today was in Lombardy, Italy then we crossed the border to Switzerland to visit another garden. VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI Entry courtyard Note how fresh the colors are on the ceiling frescos because the sunlight can’t reach them. The frescos on the south wall are faded out by the sun. The…

Lake Maggiore

This lake reminds me very much of Lake Tahoe. It is a resort area with expensive houses and beautiful views. It is at only 750′ elevation so there are many subtropical plantings here. ISOLA BELLA With over a half million visitors every year this island, in the middle of Lake Maggiore, is a very popular…

Piedmont & Alba

Piedmont is the state in Italy that is north of Liguria and Alba is a small city in Piedmont. We went to one beautiful garden and then had lunch in a castle. TRAVEL IN PIEDMONT There are many farms and vineyards in Piedmont among the rolling hills which make for a very picturesque landscape. This…

Turin

Turin is a city of 900,000 population located in northern Italy. Before Rome it was the capital of Italy. LA VENARIA La Venaria is the largest palace in Europe with 861,000 s.f. It was completed in 1675 and became an UNESCO Heritage Site in 1997. It was one of the residences of the Royal House…

Liguria

Liguria is a narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea in Northern Italy. We have 3 places to go today. LA CERVARA ok This Abbey was founded in 1361 by Benedictine Monks and built in 1364. This is the entry courtyard. It is now under private ownership and is used for weddings, conferences and…

Cinque Terre

Today we are starting a new tour: A Garden Sojourn Across Italy: From Liguria to Veneto We traveled from Lucca to La Spezia and had the rest of the day to ourselves. The garden tour will start tomorrow. TRAVELING IN ITALY We traveled on a 4 lane highway with periodic rest stops. The rest stops…