Milan visitors invited
Private gardens as well as gardens and parks belonging to Italian municipalities and provinces will take part in the 100 Gardens for Expo 2015 network, a territorial collaboration for the development of green tourism.
The itinerary will start from Milan (at the Expo gates) with the spectacular formal Italian gardens of Villa Arconati (Bollate) to continue with countless marvels such as Isole di Brissago and Parco Scherrer, Parco del Museo Vincenzo Vela, Parco Civico Villa Ciani, Parco di S. Grato e Parco di Heleneum – Museo delle Culture in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The Vatican gardens and those of pontifical villas are also included.
The project will take visitors to every corner of Lombardy and beyond, linking the Lombardy gardens with those of the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland and Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Tuscany, Campania and Sicily.
Opening hours of the gardens involved in this innovative tourist itinerary will be extended, and numerous events will be organised to display the ‘green', eco-friendly face of Italy for Italian and foreign visitors.
In the gardens taking part in the 100 Gardens for Expo 2015 network, kitchen gardens and orchards will be restructured in line with the Expo theme of Feeding the planet.
The project has been organised by the Grandi Giardini Italiani association, founded in 1977 by Judith Wade, and which accepts as members only gardens with a high standard of maintenance and management. Grandi Giardini is a non-profit with no external funding, which exchanges know-how among gardening experts.