The gardens of Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy

Verdant Gardens of Rome & Vatican City Tour

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Tivoli, Lazio, Castel Gandolfo...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

The gardens of Italy’s Lazio region overflow with color, bringing an artistic representation of the landscape to life. Surround yourself with the aroma of roses and chestnut trees. Follow historic mosaic pathways meandering through the verdant grass. Listen to the music playing from a medieval fountain, powered by the water coursing through the long-established channels. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the opulent gardens of Rome and the villas of nearby towns, accentuating the splendor...

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Trip Highlights

  • Wander along the footpaths of the Vatican Gardens to witness the opulence of the papacy in a spaced dedicated to tranquility
  • Discover the unique Gardens of Ninfa, an oasis of 45 acres garnishing 1,300 different species of exotic plants growing over medieval ruins
  • Stroll or bike through the fabulous gardens of the Villa Borghese, bordered by three museums and filled with sensational adornments
  • Delight in the magnificent fountains of Villa d’Este in Tivoli, a renaissance palace home to an array of manicured shrubberies and enchanting waterworks
  • Visit the summer palace of the popes in the charming hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, offering a gorgeous panorama of Lake Albano
  • Traverse the paths of the Villa Medici on Pincian Hill in view of the iconic monuments of Rome
  • Explore the lavish grounds of Hadrian’s Villa, known for the replica statuary and artifacts depicting the Roman emperor’s travels through the empire
  • Relish the period garden design at the estate of Villa Lante, which embodies the ideals of symmetry

Detailed Description

Rome is filled with secret gardens waiting for exploration. Your 8-day tour allows you to discover the depths of the colorful region of Lazio within the villas and palatial gardens. Follow along the footpaths made for popes and discover a former medieval town hidden by the lush growth of exotic plants. Whether basking in a slice of the country inside the bustling borders of Rome or visiting the countryside to relax in the serene parterres overlooking an azure lake, you will have an unforgettable experience of exploring a historic oasis.

Your verdant tour begins with your arrival in Rome at the Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer escorts you into the heart of the city to embark on an introductory tour of the city. Cross the Sant’Angelo Bridge for an open-air museum ambiance with a view of the Tiber River. The following day, your guide leads you through the Italianate gardens of Villa Lante and Villa Farnese. The former fortress used the green space as a place for its inhabitants to enjoy a piece of the outside world. Travel to the former monastery of Castello Ruspoli on day three to walk along the detailed parterres of the 17th-century garden.

In the afternoon, you have an in-depth visit to the Borghese Gardens, home to relaxing fountains and lake easily traversed by a rowboat. Next, you venture to the town of Tivoli to discover the wondrous villa of Roman Emperor Hadrian, followed by the magnificent waterworks of the Renaissance estate at Villa d’Este. The following day takes you the market town of Sermoneta to view the pastel colored homes rising out of the emerald forest. Beneath the town lies the medieval town of Ninfa, now covered with an oasis of exotic plants, numbering nearly 1,300 species in total. Your guide escorts you to the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, which is located on a crater rim view of Lake Albano.

The town is home to the papal summer palace, which your guide leads you through on an elaborate tour of the 17th-century estate. In the afternoon, you venture to Palazzo Chigi in the town of Ariccia to bask in the marvelous decor of the 16th-century Italianate design. The next day, you reach the pinnacle of garden opulence with a tour of the Vatican Gardens. Indulge in the scent of chestnut trees and view the unique monuments dedicated to patron saints. Continue your afternoon of grandeur at the Villa Medici located atop Pincian Hill at the heart of historic Rome. Your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to Fiumicino Airport where you trade in blossoms of the Eternal City for home.

Starting Price

$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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