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20 Feb

Ancient Camellias: a special exhibition not to be missed on Monte Pisano

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When the spring announces itself Camellias are the very first flowers to blossom and there is a special place where we can admire lots of them: Camellietum Compitese.

We are at Sant’Andrea – Pieve di Compito, on the north-east slope of Monte Pisano: a small valley just at the border with the city of Lucca where every year in March the Camellias are celebrated during the Ancient Camellias Exhibition that is now at its 30° edition.
4 week ends to enjoy this spectacular ‘festival of colours’.

March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and April 6-7 2019 at Sant’Andrea / Pieve di Compito (Capannori)

The exhibition winds along the most picturesque villages of Capannori Municipality, where time seems to stand still: dry stone walls, small bridges crossing the small rivers and streams that gently fall along the Monte Pisano.

It’s a really fascinating scenery and every single house with the neat gardens and stone walls communicates the devotion for the environment of the people living their.

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Places of the event are Pieve and S..Andrea di Compito, two small villages of Capannori Municipality at about 12 km from Lucca, now considered a whole and called “Borgo of the Camellias“.

Walking is the best way to visit: the area is approximately one square km and requires 2 hours of time.

Parking and ticket office are at the nearby Frantoio della Visona where a shuttle bus takes us to the Borgo.

Once there we enter the slow pace of the Tuscan countryside, accompanied by the water falling down the hills: a peaceful feeling that gets us ready to observe the environment with a special attention.

Besides landscape and nature we meet some historic houses like Villa Orsi, Villa Giovannetti, Villa Torregrossa with their monumental camellia plants dated back to the 19th century.

Camellia were planted in the most prestigious villas of Lucca in the middle of 1800s getting a new trend started, the “camellia mania”, and now they constitute a priceless heritage thanks to both beauty and rarity: the hundreds of antique camellias still present in parks and gardens of villas in Lucca, not only gift us with amazing blossoming, they also still remind us, with their names, historical personalities and facts.

Strolling around we arrive at the garden of Villa Borrini – which hosts the unique experience in Italy of tea plantation. Camellias and Japanese culture infact linked the traditions of Borgo delle Camelie with the Japanese Association Iroha and each year we have the chance of assisting to a presentation of Japanese culture in the garden of Villa Orsi: besides the tea cermony this year we assist to the “Kumihimo” workshop, the art of japanese weaving.

Finally we arrive to the Camellietum a garden with 1000 plants and 750 cultivars. Member of the International Camellia Society, in 2016 it has been assigned the title of Garden of Excellence, award that only a very few green areas all over the world have.

At the end of our Camellias Tour we have learned a lot about this beautiful flower!
Good to know that we can choose and purchase the Camellia we loved best to take it home with best breeding suggestions.

Additional info

The exhibition will be held on weekends 16/17-23/24-30/31 march – 6/7 april 2019.
Opening time from 10 am to 18 (the ticket office will close at 16)

Entrance fee: € 7,00 (free for children under 12 years old) shuttle service included
Via di Tiglio 609A – Frantoio Sociale del Compitese, Pieve di Compito (Capannori).

For more details contact us at:
DMC Montepisano Travel
+39(0)50 7846847
+39 366 6949330

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