We’re thrilled to offer our garden-themed retreat, for the 3rd successful year in a row.

Once again we’ll be based at the wonderful Villa Pia, set in the historic hilltop village of Lippiano, Italy, on the Umbrian-Tuscan border.

April 2024 will see us visiting two new and exclusive gardens as well as the stunning cities of Siena and Assisi.

Following the success of our gardeners’ retreats to Italy in 2022 and 2023, we’re thrilled to be offering our exclusive tour again for 2024. There can be no better location than the glorious hilltop village of Lippiano, and staying at the wonderful Villa Pia. As in previous years, the trip has been timed to coincide with the glorious spring wildflower season, an unmissable spectacle in this part of northern Italy.

Hosted by garden experts Rosie Yeomans and David Hurrion, together with garden photographer Sarah Cuttle, there’ll be spectacular garden visits, wildflower walks, local cultural visits, garden and planting design tuition, as well as photography workshops – all in the most inspiring surroundings.

There will also be time to relax, swim and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Villa Pia set atop the hill village of Lippiano.

7 nights from 20th – 27th April 2023

PRICES FROM £1250 PER PERSON BASED ON TWO PEOPLE SHARING AN EN-SUITE ROOM; £1650 SINGLE OCCUPANCY RATE; OTHER RATES MAY BE AVAILABLE; EXCLUDING FLIGHTS

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

• TRANSFERS FROM AND TO PERUGIA AIRPORT AND TRANSPORT FOR VISITS

• ACCOMODATION AT VILLA PIA, LIPPIANO, UMBRIA

• BREAKFAST EACH DAY

• BUFFET LUNCHES (ON MOST DAYS) AND 4-COURSE DINNERS AT VILLA PIA

• FRESH FRUIT, COFFEE, TEA, ALCOHOL AND SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE FREE ALL DAY

• EXPERTS HOSTS, ENTRANCES AND TUTORING

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS PLANNED*

  • Guided walks to see orchids, wildflowers and spectacular landscape views led by the expert hosts.

  • Full-day excursion to the spectacular Tuscan city of Siena, with it famous square and cathedral, and a visit to a glorious garden nearby.

  • An exclusive tour of the private rose gardens of Villa Ginistrella, with exclusive access to its sumptuous interior. Plus time to explore the Umbrian city of Assisi, home to the massive cathedral complex of St Francis with its treasured 13th Century frescoes.

  • A visit to the award-winning project of Archeologia Arborea which safeguards heritage fruit orchards carpeted with wildflowers. PLUS a special peek inside its ancient church attached to the historic farmhouse.

  • Time to explore the picturesque hilltop town of Anghiari with its far-reaching views and fascinating, artisanal craft shops.

  • Lecture on planting choices for your garden, with Rosie Yeomans, garden designer and expert horticulturist. She will also be available for individual advice sessions during the week.

  • An exclusive talk and Q&A session with David Hurrion who’ll share tips on adapting your garden to cope with the challenges of a changing climate.

  • Photography workshops with Sarah Cuttle, who will also give individual support, during walks and visits, on taking the best shots no matter what camera you’ve got!

  • PLEASE NOTE there will be moderate (full day and half day) walking in towns and cities, as well as on paths and woodland trails.

SOME OF OUR TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

*The final itinerary and order of visits may be subject to change.

For details and about Villa Pia click the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively visit the Villa Pia website or email villapia.morag@googlemail.com for enquiries about how to join this trip

YOUR EXPERT HOSTS FOR THIS TRIP

Rosie Yeomans

Rosie has had a long career in horticulture. She worked in nurseries and gardens before lecturing at horticultural colleges in a wide range of subjects including planting and garden design.

She is renowned for her enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge and friendly delivery. Wild flowers and walking are a passion. The Garden Media Guild awarded Rosie ‘Best new Talent in Broadcasting’ for appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time ‘From the potting shed’.

At present Rosie writes practical tips and features for the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and is a gardening expert for BBC Radio Solent. She has lead many garden tours, including one to the local Flowers Week at Villa Pia.

David Hurrion

Having started gardening as a child, David has been growing plants for more than 50 years. His extensive knowledge and experience of plants and growing techniques is based on a botanical and scientific training, complemented by an in-depth understanding of garden design, wildlife, geology and climatology.

He is currently Associate Editor for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and is a Judge for the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as sitting on their Tender Plant Committee.

David has travelled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, to discover plants and gardens, and on more than 50 trips accompanying groups of gardeners.

Sarah cuttle

As a professional garden and plant photographer, Sarah’s career spans 18 years and has taken her across the UK, Europe and the Americas. She is a regular contributor to Gardeners’ World magazine, working with the presenters and production team from the BBC series.

She works with other magazine titles such as RHS The GardenThe English GardenGardens IllustratedHouse & Garden and Country Living and has had the privilege of meeting passionate plant specialists, garden designers and garden owners.

Sarah also works with the RHS for the coverage of their Annual shows and enjoys the title of Associate Photographer for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

What people are saying about our previous retreats and your hosts…

“My week at Villa Pia in Umbria was one of the highlights of my year.
Beautifully organised trips to fascinating destinations returning to perfect home cooking by the staff at Villa Pia. A richly rewarding insight into the landscape and gardens of the area”

“A wonderful week in Umbria, with just the right mix of leisure and learning. Rosie, Sarah and David are very knowledgeable professionals as well as being great company, and they made the week very special for us all. Villa Pia is a beautiful place to stay – comfortable, relaxing and with excellent food.”

“I loved my Italian flowers’ week in Lippiano, exploring and learning so much. It was a joy to be transported to beautiful gardens and interesting places and then guided around them by such knowledgeable experts. And staying at Villa Pia was perfect, so relaxed and comfortable, providing the most delicious meals.”

“We had such a wonderful time, our hosts and guides were just fantastic and full of knowledge and easy to get on with. Everything about our accommodation at Villa Pia was incredible and we were made to feel very much at home.”