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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Founded: 1904
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Oliver A (17 months ago)
I come every year im in revello, great assortment of gardens and architecture. Stunning views
Natalie Fisher (17 months ago)
Beautiful place. Wasn't too crowded in April
Rob Helms (17 months ago)
The garden at Villa Cimbrone is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in the world! Breathtaking views!
Giuseppe Lodato (18 months ago)
I have been to Villa Cimbrone a few times and every time I go I notice something different I missed on my previous visit. There is so much to see. The beautiful gardens and Vistas are amazing.
Seung Hwan Yoon (18 months ago)
It’s so beautiful garden. This is must-visit site in southern Italy. Strolling and finding out what’s in here is very delightful.
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