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A horticultural celebration on the banks of Lake Como
Orticolario images © Luciano Movio, www.orticolario.it

Gardeners head to Lake Como

Orticolario is an international horticultural show in a dreamy setting in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como. Set in the grounds of Villa Erba – a magnificent 19th-century mansion which was once the home of director Luchino Visconti – this annual event is a sensory celebration of colours and scents, with floral installations and exhibitions, artisan food and crafts, set against the inspiring backdrop of its lakeside setting. Now in its 10th year, the theme is the sage plant (salvia), of which there are nearly 1,000 species and varieties worldwide. Guest of honour will be Roy Lancaster, Vice President of the RHS, plant discoverer, writer and journalist, who will receive the Per un Giardinaggio Evoluto 2018 award. Orticolario is at Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Lake Como from 5-7 October. Early bird tickets from €12. www.orticolario.it

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Whether you’re planning an imminent adventure or settling down for some armchair travel, we’ve plenty of travel inspiration this month. Come with us on a weekend in Milan, exploring the familiar and the unexpected, and on a visit to Franciacorta near Lake Iseo, where vineyards are producing champagne method wines to rival the very best. We also take an in-depth look at life in Le Marche, a captivating region of central Italy that really is rather a hidden secret.