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Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

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Villa Cimbrone is a historic building dating from at least the 11th century and located in the resort town of Ravello on the Amalfi Riviera. Despite a very impressive age, little has been preserved from the original building. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was significantly modified and expanded according to the draft of the English politician Ernest William Beckett, who used for this architectural elements collected throughout Italy and in other parts of the world. In those years, a vast garden was laid out. As a result of all the modifications today, the villa turned into a hotel is a kind of potpourri.

Villa Cimbrone stands on a rocky cliff Chimbronium, from which she got her name. The earliest references to it date back to the 11th century, when the villa belonged to the noble Acconjoggio family. Later it became the property of the rich and influential Fusco family, which also owned the local church of Sant'Angelo. Then the villa was part of the nearby Santa Chiara monastery - it was in those years that the family coat of arms of Cardinal Della Rover was placed on the old entrance gate. In the second half of the 19th century, the building became the property of the Amici family and the resort town of Atrani.

Ernest Beckett visited Villa Cimbrone during his trip to Italy and literally fell in love with her. In 1904, he bought a villa and embarked on a large-scale reconstruction project of the building and garden. It was on his initiative that loopholes, terraces and a covered gallery were built here, in which Gothic, Moorish and Venetian styles were mixed. A garden was also redeveloped on a cliff. In 1917, Beckett died in London, and his body was buried at Villa Cimbrone at the base of the Temple of Bacchus. After Beckett's death, the villa passed to his son. Here also lived his daughter Lucy, who in the 1930s was engaged in breeding roses.

In 1960, Villa Cimbrone was sold to the Vouillière family, who used it as their residence, and a few years later turned it into a hotel. In the 20th century, many celebrities were guests of the villa - Virginia Woolf, Henry Moore, Thomas Eliot, Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and others.

How to go to Villa Cimbrone

Road to Villa Cimbrone starts around the corner Villas Rufolo (My previous story was dedicated to this villa and the city of Ravello; it also describes how to get to Ravello).

After leaving Villa Rufolo, turn left to the end of the wall, and Via San Francesco begins there. Here it is necessary to go along it.

On the road to the left will be big monastery of St. Francis. His cloister usually hosts art exhibitions.

Opposite the monastery - pizzeria "Mimi". I can fully recommend it. Took there closed calzone pizza and white wine. The atmosphere is pleasant, the food is delicious.

Then on the right along the ruins will be the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Trinity - almost empty field with the remains of foundations. This monastery was founded in 944 and was intended to support girls and women from wealthy families. Its heyday fell on the second half of the 16th century: at that time up to 30 sisters lived in its walls. Under Napoleon, the monastery was closed.

This field offers good views of the valley, the towns of Skala (by the way, the very first city on Amalfitana, built by the Romans in the 4th century) and Pontone.

On the way we will meet another monastery - Saint Chiara

The path, meanwhile, goes down, goes along a picturesque rock wall, twined with plants.

And so we come to Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Ticket price: 7 euros.

Opening hours of Villa Cimbrone: Gardens are open all days from 9am to sunset.

Official site - https://www.hotelvillacimbrone.com/

Villa Cimbrone was built in the 11th century. Its heyday fell on the 14th - early 19th century, when a powerful family owned the villa Fusco, related to the famous Florentine family Pitty. Then the owners changed, the villa became desolate.

Lord arrived in Ravello at the beginning of the 20th century Ernest William Beckett, banker and esthetician. Arrived in the difficult time of his life, after the death of his beloved wife. The beauty of the city of Ravello became a cure and comfort for him. He bought a villa in Cimbrone, settled here and made every effort to make this place even more beautiful.

Now the house is an expensive five-star hotel Villa cimbrone.

The hotel stands at the very beginning, right at the entrance, and in no way interferes with enjoying the gardens that extend from the gates to the Infinity Terrace.

Patio with well

How intricately designed arches!

We descend into the crypt, which is a large vaulted hall with powerful columns, open on one side to the valley

View from the crypt towards Majori

Further, the path lies along a shady walkway - the Walk of Infinity

with inevitable “zigzags” to the right, where bronze sculptures and flowerpots are placed on the green lawns, and views of the Amalfi Coast open from the edge of the terrace.

The alley ends with the entrance to the Temple of Ceres - the goddess of the harvest

Passing through the temple, we go to the Infinity Terrace

The terrace is located on the very edge of the cape, breaking off to the south by rocky walls, and it was this terrace that we admired when we walked from Pontone to the Jiro tower.

Just below and to the right of the Infinity Terrace is a summer cafe. Round tables are arranged on a green lawn - this tea corner looks very cozy, in English.

From the tea pad, the path runs along the western edge of the cliff and leads to a bronze sculpture of Hermes, a copy of the 18th century Hermes at Rest school of Lysippus. An ancient Roman copy of the sculpture is in the Archaeological Museum of Naples. On the parapet there is an inscription in English - the lines of Catullus “Lost for the world in which I do not want to exist, I am sitting alone and talking with my heart, satisfied with my corner of the world and happy that I no longer experience sadness from the thought of death.”

Further on our way there is a temple of Bacchus with a sculpture of Bacchus and satyr. At this point, Ernest William Becket wanted to be buried. He died in London in 1917, his ashes were transported to Ravello and buried in the temple of Bacchus.

Further on the right hand there will be a grotto with a wonderful marble sculpture of Eve (author Adamo Tadolini, student of Antonio Canova). The sculpture is placed behind glass, so the vision of Eve comes along with reflections of greenery

The next sculpture on our way is the bronze David, a copy of the work of Verrocchio (the original is in Florence, in the Palazzo Bargelo)

Hortense Alley stretches from David

which ends with a well with a refined metal top

The lovely rose garden is surrounded by a low fence decorated with majolica pieces.

Our last object is already opposite the hotel, almost at the exit - the Tea Pavilion

On this, we say goodbye to Villa Cimbrone and return to the center of Ravello to go down by bus to Amalfi. Or go on foot along a panoramic trail.

Trail from Ravello to Minori (Amalfi)

The staircase begins near Villa Rufolo. There are signposts along the trail. On the trail there are small churches, houses, terraces with lemons or grapes.

A few photos from the trail

Church of Santa Maria della Grazie, 11th century

After the church of San Pietro alla Costa, the path bifurcates: to the right - Amalfi, to the left - Minori. There are pointers.

Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 12th century

The path from Ravello to Minori took me about half an hour (with photo shoots and visits to the accompanying churches) and was a pleasant addition to the many beauties of Ravello.

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