Lucia Impelluso, an architect by training, specialises in the study of historic gardens. Her book La natura e i suoi simboli won the Premio Nazionale di Letteratura Naturalistica Parco Majella (2004). Her Giardini, orti e labirinti has won recognition in both Italy (Premio Grinzane Cavour Giardini Botanici Hanbury 2006) and France (Prix P.J. Redouté 2007). She also worked with the team of professionals that created the mediaeval garden of the Rocca di Angera, overlooking Lake Maggiore.