Genoa was probably the richest city in Italy in the 17th century and wealthy Genovese merchants built accordingly and had Rubens and Van Dyck paint their portraits. The Via Garibaldi is one of the most interesting streets in Italy, and a UNESCO world heritage site. We recommend at least 4 nights in Genoa to cover the highlights.

Genoa historic building
Genoa lion statue

Our Palladian villas guide is a leading authority on Venice and the villas of the Veneto, is widely published and a brilliant teacher.

Veneto steps view

Our Palladian villas guide is a leading authority on Venice and the villas of the Veneto, is widely published and a brilliant teacher.

The Veneto boasts many beautiful towns, villages and gardens, which are stuffed with incredible things to see. We know them all and can advise on where to go depending on the length of your trip. We love the Brenta Canal which is lined by grand villas and palaces, along which we can also arrange a private boat trip.

Contemporary sculpture Veneto

There are a number of important villas that are not open to the public and visits to them will make all the difference to your trip. See some of the most beautiful interiors in Italy, which few know about let alone see. We can even arrange for you to stay in a private villa designed by Palladio for the full experience.

Veneto Villa Rotunda

Palladio loved symmetry and proportion and there is a unique poetry to his architecture. While this tour focuses on his buildings there are many other wonderful villas and palaces to explore, some by his followers, not to mention interiors filled with beautiful frescoes.

Veneto Fresco
Veneto Scamozzi Villa

The Italian Lakes, from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta to Lake Garda, are some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. With their villas, gardens and churches there are a host of wonderful places to explore. Do call us for privately arranged itinerary.

Lake Tremezzo

Our local guide in Milan is a publish author, historian and art historian and a brilliant teacher. He will make all the difference to your experience.

Milan horse statue