Itinerary ? Tour Host ? Tour Leader ? Tour Price ? Payment Schedule ? Price Includes ? Price Excludes ? Terms & Conditions ? Cancellation Policy


Date Activites
Moday, May 26th Arrive Florence. ?Get-acquainted? dinner in our hotel.
Tuesday, May 27th After breakfast depart by coach to the gardens of Villa La Pietra and the famous Boboli Gardens. Late afternoon and evening are free.
Wednesday, May 28th After breakfast depart Florence for Pienza where we will visit the Palazzo Piccolomini. After lunch in Pienza we will tour the Villa la Foce which is considered to be one of the most beautiful modern gardens of Tuscany. The evening is free.
Thursday, May 29th After breakfast depart Florence for Fiesole where we will visit the gardens of the Villa Medici. After lunch we will visit the Villa Gamberaia The late afternoon and evening are free.
Friday, May 30th This will be a free day in Florence. At 5.00 p.m. we will depart Florence by coach for our hotel in a charming village close to Siena. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Saturday, May 31st After breakfast we will travel by coach to visit the gardens of Villa Centinale, a private garden near Siena. The afternoon and evening will be free to explore the beautiful city of Siena.
Sunday, June 1st After an early breakfast we will travel to Arezzo to visit the famous Antiques Market. There will be sufficient time to tour Arezzo. The evening is free.
Monday, June 2nd After checking out of the hotel we will be visiting La Petraia, an organic farm which is owned by Canadian cookbook author Susan McKenna Grant (Piano, Piano, Pieno). Included in the visit is a tour of the farm (see photo below), a ?tasting? and a sumptuous lunch. We will then visit the beautiful rose garden ?Roseto di Cavriglia?. Dinner will be at our hotel in Lucca.


Tuesday, June 3rd After breakfast we will head north of Lucca to visit the gardens of the Villa Garzoni in Collodi (where Carlo Collodi is said to have drawn inspiration for the story of ?Pinocchio?). We will then visit the nearby Parco Villa Reale de Marlia. The evening is free.
Wednesday, June 4th Today we will have a tour of Villa Massei, a private garden which was featured in Architectural Digest, March 2000. The rest of the day will be free to explore the charming city of Lucca.
Thursday, June 5th Early morning departure for Pisa Airport for those connecting to flights back to Canada.

Tour Host

MARJORIE HARRIS is one of Canada?s leading garden writers. She is editor-at-large for Gardening Life magazine and the national gardening columnist for the Globe and Mail. Marjorie is the author of numerous gardening books, the latest of which ?How to Make a Garden? has recently been released. Marjorie and her husband spend part of each winter in the South of France and travel into Italy. She is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area?s gardens and food.

Tour Leader

For fifteen years LINDA THORNE owned and operated Thorne & Co., a store for gardeners in Ottawa. She has organized and lead garden tours to England and Ireland and looks forward to this collaboration with Marjorie Harris. The two women met in 1990 when Marjorie?s first gardening book, ?The Canadian Gardener? was published and Linda was about to open Thorne & Co. Linda is also a national judge for Communities in Bloom.

Tour Price*

$4,475.00 per person twin sharing The hotel charge for single supplement is $935.00


LINDA THORNE (613-232-9028).

Payment Schedule

A deposit of $1,500.00 is due on booking. No spaces will be held without payment. Final payment is due on or before April 4th, 2008. The tour requires 15 participants before it will be confirmed. Cheques only (credit cards not accepted) should be made payable to Algonquin Travel* and sent to: Irene Eyford, Manager Algonquin Travel 90 Sparks Street Ottawa, On K1P 5B4 (*Algonquin Travel is acting as Thorne & Co?s banker in order that the funds are insured.)

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast in four-star hotels.
  • Three dinners and two lunches.
  • The services of a full-time guide/tour manager and first-class coach services throughout the tour.
  • All entry fees and pre-booked guided tours.
  • All gratuities and porterage for one bag.

Price Excludes

  • Air fare
  • All lunches and some dinners
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature

Terms & Conditions

talkiitaly_smallIn providing this tour, Thorne & Co. and its associated operators are acting only as intermediaries whose function it is to make reservations with companies or firms offering facilities for accommodation or coach travel associated with the travel industry. Thorne & Co. and its associated operators make every endeavour to ensure that the reservations and bookings which are made with such firms or companies, are in fact fulfilled by them. However, Thorne & Co. and its associated operators, while acting in good faith, does not accept any responsibility for default causing loss or injury to person or property whether by negligence or otherwise on the part of any company, firm or their employee or any individual providing any facilities for any person taking advantage of the travel service. Further, Thorne & Co. and its associated operators are not liable for any loss suffered by any person or any additional expenses caused or occasioned by delays due to adverse weather, unsuitable road conditions, illness, injuries, strikes, civil disturbances or whatsoever nature interfering with, altering or adding to the cost of the service or accommodation requested or booked.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation prior to April 7th, 2008 will be fully refunded, less an administrative fee of $150.00. Cancellations made between April 7th and April 18th, will be 60% refundable, less an administrative fee of $150.00. After April 18th no refunds will be made. It is strongly advised that you purchase trip cancellation and out-of-country travel insurance which can be done through Algonquin Travel or any other agency or bank.