Villa Cimbrone

Ravello, Italy

Sitting high atop a promontory that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean and the dramatic coastline below, the Villa Cimbrone is the crown laurel of Ravello. 

Villa Cimbrone stands on a rocky outcrop known as 'Cimbronium', and it is from this landscape feature that the villa takes its name. The earliest references to the villa date back to the eleventh century AD, when the villa belonged to the Accongiogioco, a noble family. It later passed to the ownership of a wealthy and influential family, the Fusco, who are also recorded in 1291 as owning the local church of S. Angelo de Cimbrone.

At a later stage in its history the villa became part of the nearby monastery of Santa Chiara, and during this period of the villa's history the papal arms of Cardinal Della Rovere were placed on the old entrance gate. From the seventeenth century the villa's history is uncertain, but by the second half of the nineteenth century the villa had passed to the Amici family of Atrani.

The villa and the gardens were extensively renovated by a British nobleman, Lord Grimthorpe, in the early 20th century. With its expansive gardens and dramatic views, the villa is a popular place for weddings, honeymoons, and receptions. The villa is a private five-star hotel, but the gardens are open to the public and it ranks, perhaps, as the most memorable sight on the Amalfi Coast.

The villa’s belvedere, Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity), is lined by a series of marble busts that on clear days sparkle against the bluesky above and the azure waters of the Mediterranean below.

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Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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D Richey (8 months ago)
This was my third visit to Amalfi coast but somehow my first trip to Cimbrone. I guess I wrote it off in my head as touristy and overrated. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Admission to the gardens is 7€ and totally worth it. We had a lovely (albeit rainy) afternoon exploring the place and the views from the infinity terrace were truly stunning, everyone from someone who has “seen it”. Not to be missed!
Petra Hettenkofer (9 months ago)
Beautiful gardens with wonderful old pine trees and amazing views, so a visit is well worth it. However, I would like to warn you not to buy an ice cream in the small bistro at the panorama terrace. Seriously, I have never eaten anything so bad. The taste of bad fat haunted me for the rest of the day. A flop, not to mention the price.
Anahita Chouhan (9 months ago)
I had the pleasure and privilege of eating, sleeping, walking around and getting married at Cimbrone. It is my parents favourite place for good reason. The service is flawless, the food memorable and the setting is truly heaven. I would recommend this to anyone. I would recommend a trip to Italy just for Cimbrone.
Ohad Bachner (10 months ago)
Ravello is one of the more underrated places in the Amalfi coast, but it might be my favorite. It’s quieter, and beyond gorgeous. It’s not on the coastline, and set higher up on the hills, but is therefore more quaint. And Villa Cimbrone is amazing. Just a short stroll from town, you enter these incredible gardens and it’s breathtaking. Definitely worth it to take the trip here or even stay for a few nights.
Ebrar Eke (10 months ago)
The most magical and dreamy place ever! Definitely worth a visit. You can spend your whole day in the gardens and enjoy the spectacular views!
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