Italy: Villa della Pergola gardens open until end of October

Villa della Pergola and its gardens were created at the end of the nineteenth century: they belonged to wealthy British families, like the Scottish General William Montagu Scott Mc Murdo and the Hanbury family, and have been one of the most glamorous locations on the Riviera in the twentieth century.

For this seasonal opening visitors and guests can visit the Gardens and stay at the Relais until the end of October - before the reopening on March 2017 - whereas Nove, the new restaurant of the Villa is going to be opened all year round.

The gardens
Until the end of October the gardens will be opened for guided tours: a unique occasion to visit one of the rare examples of the English garden in Italy carefully restored by the landscaper Paolo Pejrone.

The grounds cover an area of 22,000 square metres and are home to important botanical collections, like over 28 varieties of wisteria and more than 400 varieties of agapanthus. In September visitors can see lantanas, oleanders, begonias, hibiscus and until the end of October admire the collection of citrus plants, one of the most important in the Gardens. Late summer and early autumn are also good times for strolling through the park against the backdrop of tropical and Mediterranean vegetation, like maritime pines, carob trees, holm oak, jacarandas, bird of paradise flowers, eucalyptus, banana trees, palm trees, aloes, agaves, prickly pear trees...

The gardens are opened for guided tours that can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 3 pm and 5 pm. During the week visits can be arranged for groups only.

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