Villa Cimbrone in RAVELLO, high on the Amalfi Coast, offers spectacular panoramic views, from the part of the estate appropriately called The Terrace of Infinity…
The estate dates to the eleventh century, but after years of abandonment, English traveller Ernest William Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe, purchased and began restoration in 1904. Vita Sackville West was a regular guest whom gave her expert guidance. The concepts and influence of other famous English garden designers are recognized in the structure and layout.
This existing central avenue is from the family who owned it during Renaissance times. Named the Avenue of Immensity, it provides a wonderful sight line and is covered in sweet smelling wisteria which was in full bloom.
What a lovely garden, a whole day could be spent enjoying what Lord Grimthorpe describes as a magical place and helped him find happiness after the early loss of his much loved wife.
Villa Rufolo has a varied history since the the 13th century, with influence of Arabic, Sicilian and Norman found in the architecture. Rescued and gardens were added by Scottish industrialist Francis Neville Reid at the beginning of the century.
More panoramic views to take in
Villa Rufolo is host to festivals and cultural events.
Here is my Mum enjoying the Terrace of Infinity.
All photos Sue Womersley.
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