August 21, 2012

Who wants to go to Italy?


Several years ago, I traveled to Italy with my mom, my husband, and my daughter. And we visited my son, who spent a semester abroad in Florence. Like most people, I had preconceived notions about Italy. I imagined lush expanses of verdant hills, great food and wine, friendly people, and lots of history.


But boy, did Italy exceed my expectations!




We traveled to Florence, the countryside in Tuscany, Rome, and the Cinque Terre.


I could spend paragraphs describing the beauty and the pure pleasure of that adventure.


But the point of this post is to ask if my fellow gardeners and garden bloggers are interested in traveling together to tour some gardens in Italy. Your thoughts?


A friend of mine organizes guided tours to Italy. Check out her website for information about her tours: viaggidigusto.com. She wants to plan a trip with me for gardeners. Yay!

What do you say? Are you interested?


If so, please take this quick survey to give us a little information about your preferences: Italy Garden Tours Interest Survey. The more responses we get, the better idea we'll have about how to plan the trip.

Please complete the survey by Sept. 30, 2012. After that date, I'll close the survey and post the results for everyone to see. And we'll start planning the trip! Ciao!

30 comments:

  1. I am so there of course depending on when Beth. I went to Italy (Isle of Capri) for our later honeymoon in 2002 and wanted to go back to Tuscany within this next year or 2. Going to the survey now....

    We adored Italy and I cried when I had to come back....it exceeded our expectations too....oh the food and the easy pace of life....OK to the survey!

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    1. Yay, that would be so much fun, Donna! I've never been on one of Cathy's tours, but she's a good friend, and everyone who has gone says the trips are great. Hope we can make this happen. :)

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  2. Sounds delightful...but I am not able to go. I hope that you get lot's of response to the survey, it would be such a great trip.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    1. Darn! Well, if things change we'd love to have you come along!

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  3. I would love that, but I can't afford it :( Hope you get lots of takers and have a wonderful time.

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    1. Hi Lyn: If you win the lottery or suddenly have some extra funds, it would be great to have you on the trip. :)

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  4. Your project is really exciting Beth!!! ;)

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    1. Hi Dona: Maybe we can come visit you in Venice! I've never been there, so that would be one of my top picks for destinations! You could help us pick sites to see.

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  5. Depends on the time, cost, etc. - but it's a great idea! I'll talk to Judy and fill out the form.

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    1. Wonderful! Hope we can find dates, times, and costs that work for all of us. I love the idea of touring gardens with other gardeners.

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  6. Oh, I really want to go! Especially after looking at all your beautiful photos! But, unfortunately, I will have to be content with just looking at photos. I hope you get a group together, though. What a wonderful time you will have!

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    1. If things change, Holley... I do want to meet you someday! Maybe we can meet at one of the U.S. events. :)

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  7. That sounds like a wonderful idea, but I am afraid I won't be able to join you. I will really look forward to the blog posts about it though!

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    1. As I've mentioned to the others, please consider joining us if things change for you, Janet. I will definitely keep everyone posted on the plans. :)

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  8. That sounds really wonderful! I too am busy here at this point in life.

    You should drop in to Christina's (at My Hesperides Garden) garden while you are there :) Looking forward to hearing more about your plans and travels!
    ~Julie

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    1. That would be fun (My Hesperides Garden)! That reminds me, I need to stop over at Christina's blog. Julie, you never know--maybe logistics will change and you'll be able to join us. :)

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  9. Oh, how I would love to go! But I've been tentatively planning a trip to Paris and London, hopefully with my granddaughter, next year, so another trip so soon would be more than my pocketbook could handle. But this sounds absolutely wonderful. I've been to Florence and Rome, but I've only seen part of the Tuscan countryside from the windows of trains and buses. I hope you get a good response;I can't wait to see photos when you go!

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    1. Paris and London! Wow, that would be fun, too! So many places to see and things to do (and gardens to visit)! I'll look forward to your photos, too!

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  10. I wish I could go, too. I'm hoping to get to London next year so I can see the Chelsea Flower Show for the hundredth anniversary. Sorry I have to pass. :(

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    1. Oooo, the Chelsea Flower Show would be fun, too! Well, if things change...

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  11. Beautiful photographs, I like to admire such fantastic views. I am greeting

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    1. Thank you! The setting made the photos easy. Italy is beautiful at just about every vantage point!

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  12. I'm interested but my bank account isn't. :( I've been to Italy and LOVED it! My daughter is headed there next summer before going off to college and I'm headed to England next spring for a wedding. However, if I win the lottery or get an enormous raise, I'll let you know to count me in!

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    1. Sounds like you have some great trips planned, too. Darn, it would be so fun to meet you, Tammy. Maybe I'll finally make it to the Fling next year. I hope you can, too!

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  13. Perhaps. Keep us updated and I'll let you know and soon as I know.

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    1. Will, do. I'd enjoy meeting you, too, Mary! What fun we would all have!

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  14. I adore Italy! I've visited on 5 different occasions and loved it every time. I would love to go but it would very much depend on the time of year, cost, etc.

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    1. Wow, you're very fortunate! It would great to have you join our group, Karin! Please complete the survey so we'll know your preferences. Thanks!

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  15. I mentioned your blog in my current post and in my Garden Love column. :o)

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! I am truly honored--and it means so much coming from you. We really must meet one of these days. If I said James Bond would be our tour guide, would you join us?

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