Spring is the best time to vacation in Italy and experience the beauty of blossoms in the public and private gardens throughout the country.
Although one can never completely avoid the crowds to major attractions, such as the Uffizi in Florence or the Sistine Chapel in Rome, museums are much less crowded than in the summer. In Florence, a visit to the Boboli Gardens rising high above the city is a special treat in the spring.
Combine a cultural visit to the Italian cities with a couple of relaxing days in the Italian countryside. Near Florence, Villa San Michele is located just six miles from the city center. There you can unwind and take in the wonderful aroma of the Tuscan gardens as they begin to bloom in the spring.
Also in Tuscany, about one and a half hours from Florence, Fonteverde Spa is surrounded by splendid Italian gardens and a park. If you have a full week, try one of the European spa packages.
Situated on the Tuscan coast, Il Pellicano also offers a spa, delicious cuisine, and spectacular views. In April, sign up for a cooking course and learn a few Mediterranean cooking secrets.