Villa Cimbrone

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Santa Chiara 26, Ravello, 84010

Price guide: Mid-range

Villa Cimbrone
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By Jan Fuscoe, your Neapolitan Riviera expert

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expert-rated things to do in Neapolitan Riviera
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Villa Cimbrone

Enjoy Villa Cimbrone's exquisite gardens and fabulous views.

If you're lucky enough to be staying here, you'll have these beautiful gardens all to yourself once the sun has set, and they really are magnificent. There are six hectares of parkland and, while the design was influenced by certain existing features - such as the Renaissance walkway established by the original Fusco family (again, sadly no relation as I wouldn't have minded laying claim to this place) - 'new' designs were added along the way that bore the influence of famous landscape gardeners such as Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. There are so many different areas to explore it's hard to pick a few for special mention but the Rose terrace is wonderful, Eve's grotto reveals a marble statue of the naked lady herself by sculptor Tadolini, a favourite of Canova, the Terrace of Infinity offers spectacular views along the Amalfi Coast (Richard Wagner described it as 'the most beautiful of all') and the gothic-styled Crypt, modelled on Yorkshire's Malton Abbey as a tribute by Cimbrone's owner, Lord Grimthorpe, was a favourite meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group.

Price advice: 

Admission is 6 euros, and a map with some history and detailed information on the sites comes free. You can also book a guided tour (telephone or send an email to info@villacimbrone.com).

Expert tips: 
There's a tea room in the gardens.

More information on Villa Cimbrone:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Park / garden
Address:
Via Santa Chiara 26, Ravello, 84010
Telephone:
081 857459
Website:
http://www.villacimbrone.com
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-sunset.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Botanical gardens, garden design, scenic walk

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