We can not stress this enough, Italy has so much to offer. Art cities, medieval villages, long sandy beaches, breathtaking mountains, signs of a long history in every corner, old traditions, valleys full of vineyards make our country one of the most appreciated. The green is not lacking and today we want to accompany you to the discovery of the Italian parks and gardens where nature meets a rich architectural heritage, creating works of art of rare beauty.
From North to South, including the islands, parks, botanical gardens and gardens in Italy are thousands and they are the perfect destination for a romantic trip.
For your anniversary, for the first trip together or just for a special weekend we have selected for you the 10 most beautiful parks and the closest eco-friendly accommodations for a perfect romantic getaway.
1. Hanbury Botanic Gardens
In Liguria, in the small town of La Mortola in the municipality of Ventimiglia, in 1867 Sir Thomas Hanbury arrived and fell in love. He fell in love with the sea, the countryside; and he decided to create a garden that still today is unique. In a typically English garden, exotic plants meet the Mediterranean flora in a succession of alleys and romantic balconies. 18 hectares of the garden from the hill down to the sea. And to continue to dream, we suggest the romantic eco-friendly suite of 35sqm in La Mortola, a beautiful tower with a stunning sea view where in every corner you will find charming and artistic details, including a bed made from an old boat!
2. Here you sleep among the roses
A beautiful park to get lost among olives oaks, laurels, following the scent of lilacs that blends with that of herbs and six hundred roses cured by the landlord. Here Casacocò awaits you, with a stone 18m long pool, two elegant double bedrooms in the Country House with private entrance and, in the morning, an organic breakfast under the arbor. The location is also perfect for parties and weddings!
3. A B&B in the woods
The Richiamo del Bosco is a B&B where ecological architecture meets the modern and contemporary creativity plunging into one of the most important parks in Emilia Romagna, the Carrega regional park. The area has priceless naturalist importance: the chestnut, the oak and beech forests meet small streams, small lakes, and meadows. You can admire deers, squirrels, and rabbits in the meadows, and if you’re lucky, the shy water turtle.
In the B&B you will find designer items created with production waste or recycling second-hand items, great organic breakfast and a beautiful spacious room perfect for a romantic weekend.
4. Here you wake up watching the deer in the wild
In the heart of the beautiful East Majella National Parks there’s the holiday house Il Bosco dei Daini. You will be welcomed by a warm fireplace in a land where tranquility reigns and where you live by following the slow rhythm of nature. Around you, hectares of woods and meadows where beautiful deer live in freedom. Can you think of anything more romantic?
5. In the kings’ park
The Park La Mandria is a World Heritage Site. It was born as a hunting reserve of the Savoy court and the second residence of King Vittorio Emanuele II and it’s now the largest enclosed park in Europe. Inside there’s the beautiful bio 4-stars hotel Relais Bella Rosina, ideal for a charming and romantic stay. Canopy beds, beautiful swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a spa area are surrounded by 25 hectares of private property made of woods and lakes where during your romantic walks you can see foxes and deer.
6. A day to discover the pink flamingos
In the province of Ferrara, there’s the eco-friendly Hotel Rural Canneviè surrounded by nature of the Park of the Po Delta. Sleep with your loved one in an old fishing house of the eighteenth century and in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, bike to explore the unique landscape of the park, where you can admire the beautiful pink flamingos.
7. Between the sea and the hills
In the wonderful setting of the Natural Park of the Conero is the Acanto Country House, an eco-friendly hotel in Sirolo. Let the sun kiss you, here where the sea meets the hills of Recanati, Castelfilardo which in turn meet the Sibillini Mountains. A romantic room and an exclusive park of 10000sq await just a few steps from the sea!
8. The Medici Villas Gardens
Only you and her (or him). Around incredible nature. The Podere Montisieco-stay is located in the Florence countryside. This farmhouse from the 1500s, recovered according to the principles of bioarchitecture, is the ideal starting point to discover the scents and colors of the historic gardens of the Medici Villas. The garden of Villa Poggio Imperiale, the Boboli Gardens, the Medicean Villa di Careggi, the Villa di Fiesole, the Garden of Pratolino: these are just some of the steps not to be missed to visit the beautiful Medici villas and gardens, which since 2013 they are UNESCO World Heritage Site.
9. Elegant rooms in the Botanical Park of Alcantara
Tastefully decorated, charming rooms create the right atmosphere for a weekend for two. The Botanical and GeoPark is just a short walk from La casa delle monache, here you will find one of the most spectacular locations of Sicily. Dozens of hectares of citrus orchards, olive groves and woods await you, hiding more than 50 animal species, including the kingfisher and the Mediterranean Arrida and 300 types of plants and the incredible canyons created by the river Alcantara.
10. A romantic and rustic atmosphere in the Ticino Park
A dip in the pool, a bit of sauna, a bit of Turkish bath, some massage, a rustic cuisine, large and charming bedrooms, a canoe ride on the river: is this your idea for a perfect romantic getaway? Gabriele and Chiara will be happy to welcome you in Cascina Caremma where elegance meets the country’s life.
Which parks are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!