On this in-depth, total-immersion study tour, Landscape Institute students, alumni, and friends will follow in the footsteps of gardenmakers from the eighteenth century to the present who valued the immediacy of first hand work in the field. Superlative landscapes, magnificent gardens and splendid Renaissance villas in and around Florence will provide glimpses of remarkable works of art and insight into Italian culture. Exemplary contemporary landscapes and artists' gardens will further broaden intellectual horizons. Leading authorities in their field will lecture on restoration, classical and cutting-edge garden design and on conservation of resources. Mornings will be devoted to classroom instruction and presentations, with a wide range of field work in the afternoon. Ample time is allotted for independent study and other self-directed pursuits.
A selection of sites includes Villa Medici in Fiesole, Villa Peyron al Bosco, Villa Gamberaia, Le Balze, the Boboli Gardens, the recently restored Bardini Garden and Villa la Pietra. A detailed itinerary will be available.
Students will participate in a terracotta workshop in Impruneta with a master artisan. There will be lecture presentations by the tour leader, historian Marie Stella, onsite touring with garden owners, directors, curators and head gardeners. Free excursion time will be available to visit local museums, vineyards and for shopping.