Sumary of The Italian gardens hoping to change tourism:
- “Last year the impact of the pandemic was less strong in mountain areas,” says marketing director Maria Elena Rossi.
- Dario Fusaro/Archivio Grandi Giardini Italiani It’s in that brave new outdoor world that Italy’s gardens are seeing a resurgence.
- And that’s just the beginning, says Judith Wade, who’s spent 40 years promoting Italy’s botanic heritage as founder of Grandi Giardini Italiani (Great Italian Gardens), a private network of nearly 150 of Italy’s most beautiful gardens scattered all the way down that famous boot.
- Dario Fusaro/Archivio Grandi Giardini Italiani Take Villa Arconati, outside Milan, for example.
- That sweet island life The Rocca di Angera is part of th the Borromeo properties on Lake Maggiore.
- Courtesy/Terre Borromeo One of Judith Wade’s very first clients was the Borromeo family, who have owned the three jaw-droppingly beautiful Borromean Islands sitting in the middle of Lake Maggiore since the 15th century.
- Tourists have flocked to the islands since the times of the Grand Tour in the 18th and 19th centuries.The Borromeo estate is made up of six different sites: sumptuous palaces, magnificent botanical gardens, a zoo and an outdoor adventure park.
- “There’s a lot of pressure because we’re always trying to increase the standards — and you have to do constant maintenance otherwise sooner or later there will be a disaster,” says prince Vitaliano Borromeo.