Breakfast in hotel.
In the early morning, visit to Budini Gattai Palace, beside the hotel. Ugolino di Jacopo Grifoni, secretary of Duke Cosimo de’ Merdici, in 1549 bought some houses between Santissima Annunziata square and via de’ Servi. He ordered to demolish and replace them with a building which would gave prestige to the family. Around 1573, it was created the Italian garden and erected a monumental fountain with statues of Jason, Venus and Sea Monsters realized by the sculptor Giovanni Bandini. In 700’, the garden was enlarged, and at the end of 800’, beautiful collections of camellias and azaleas were added. Other decorative elements of the garden are the beautiful glass-metal greenhouse, and the so-called “Monumento all’albero scomparso”, (Monument of the missing tree), created in 1908 in memory of an exemplary old-age Laurus camphora tree dried out during the winter.
Another important site to see during the day is Bardini Museum. Recently, besides
Bardini Museum, Bardini Garden was also reopened. It extends along the side of the hill and is a small representation of Boboli. Visit to Viila Bardini, which houses some exhibitions such as Cabianca and Macchiaioli. The Bardini Garden offers a large quantity of rare and exotic plants. The view of Florence from the panoramic terraces is a must-see.
Time for lunch. Next is Villa Petraia.
The Villa, with an impressive iron gate among statues and large vases, is reachable by a long avenue of cypresses. The banker Francesco Sassetti, in 1460, purchased and partly transformed the property. In 1546 the villa was handed down to Cardinal Capponi who gave its current form. In the period when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, the villa used to be the seat of the Prussia Embassy. In the XX century, the new owners Arthur and Hortence Acton, began the renovation works of the garden. The only part that has remained unchanged is the one of the old lemon garden. They also built an Italian garden with open spaces and views over the countryside, and the decorative elements used in “stanze di verzura “.
In the late afternoon transfer to Parma and check in to 4-star Hotel Du Parc.
The hotel, in art Nouveau style, is located in the heart of Parma. It is connected by a small bridge that leads to Ducale Park.
Dinner in hotel.