Beautiful Walking Tour of Villa Cimbrone Gardens in Ravello, Amalfi Coast - Oct, 2021

 Beautiful Walking Tour of Villa Cimbrone Gardens in Ravello, Amalfi Coast -  Oct, 2021

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Welcome to Ravello, Italy! Sitting high a top a promontory that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean and the dramatic coastline below, the Villa Cimbrone is the crown laurel of Ravello. Its origins date back to the 11th century, but the villa and the gardens were extensively renovated by a British nobleman, Lord Grimthorpe, in the early 20th century. The Story of a Ravello Family that dates Back to 1874. The Vuilleumier family’s hospitality and warm welcome began in 1874 when Pasquale Palumbo – the head of the family on his mother’s side – was hired by Francis Nevil Reid, a man from Scotland who loved Ravello.

The Vuilleumier family’s hotel management is now in its fifth generation which, thanks to its excellent education and international experiences, will continue to maintain its traditional first-class quality. The Villa Cimbrone is known for its excellent organization for exclusive events and elegant catering. The restaurant ‘Il Flauto di Pan’ has a star from the world-famous Michelin Guide and two ‘Cappelli’ (hats) in the Espresso Guide, as well as recognition from numerous other prestigious guide and international gastronomic magazines.

With its expansive gardens and dramatic views, the villa is a popular place for weddings, honeymoons, and receptions. The villa is a private 5-star hotel (Hotel Villa Cimbrone), but the gardens are open to the public and it ranks, perhaps, as the most memorable sight on the Amalfi Coast. While the hotel is not open to the general public, the chiostro ("cloister") and the cripta ("crypt") are well worth visiting. The cloister, right across from the ticket office, was extensively redecorated by Lord Grimthorpe a century ago. Villa Cimbrone Gardens Timing: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm, price - 7 euro for adult, can pay cash or credit card. Magnificent covered well in the center, and the walls of the cloister are richly ornamented with imported bas reliefs and old terracotta, the now notable being a tile by the famous Luca Della Robbia.

The path leads through the gardens to the Temple of Ceres, goddess of the Harvests, which stands at the top of a precipitous cliff overlooking the sea and surrounding terrain. The garden was partially redesigned, although its form was to a large extent determined by certain pre-existing elements, in particular the central path today called “The Avenue of Immensity” . Characterized by the aesthetic concepts of English architects and landscapers such as Harold Peto, Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, it was expertly organized. With various “episodes” and trails branching off from the central path that leads from the monumental entrance to the panoramic viewpoint. The main walkway, Viale dell’Immenso (Ally of Immensity), features a pergola, best seen in the summer when the white and blue wisteria are in full bloom.

The gardens themselves are adorned with temples, statuary, and other recreations that give it a distinctly classical feel The Temple of Ceres, goddess of the Harvests, marks the end of the avenue and the entrance to the Terrace of Infinity. So here we are! A natural balcony adorned with 18th century marble busts guides the eye across the blue horizon as far as the mountains of Cilento and the tip of Licosa. Looming more than 1200 feet (~365 meters) above the Mediterranean, the view looking downward is not for the faint of heart, and on windy days the updraft can make it a positively hair-raising experience. The Terrace, decorated with Roman-style statues. Look down and you will see lemon groves and small houses clinging to the hills.

The view from Terrace of Infinity is, without any doubt, one of the most beautiful sceneries you’ll ever see in your life. There is a café where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with ice cream on a small balcony with a fabulous view! Some prices- ice cream - 5 euro, cappuccino - 3.50 euro. We are currently at The Temple of Bacchus.The Temple of Bacchus is supported by eight Doric columns. On the decorated traveation we can read the following inscription by Catallus: “What is finer than, when work is done, with a mind free of every worry and tired from the effort on behalf of others than when we return to our homes and lie down to rest on the bed we so desired.'' We are currently leaving Villa Cimbrone.

We continue walk along Via Santa Chiara. Ravello is a town situated above the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Campania, Southern Italy, with approximately 2,500 inhabitants. Its scenic location makes it a popular tourist destination, and earned it a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Ravello was founded in the 5th century as a shelter place against the barbarian invasions which marked the end of the Western Roman Empire.

In the 9th century Ravello was an important town of the maritime Republic of Amalfi. The climate in Ravello is warm and temperate. In winter, there is much more rainfall in Ravello than in summer. The climate here is classified as Csa by the Köppen-Geiger system. The temperature here averages 15.8 °C | 60.5 °F. The rainfall here is around 1143 mm | 45.0 inch per year. We are located in Ravello in the middle of October, the temperature during the day is +19°C / 66.2°F Here you can find interesting souvenirs, with the lemon motifs or the famous sights of Ravello. Ravello's main square is its heart and soul. It is home to the Duomo, an ancient tower, and any number of lively cafes and bars to stop for a drink

The town has served historically as a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Giovanni Boccaccio, Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg. Thousands of years of history, an enchanting mountaintop setting on Italy’s most beautiful coastline and views that have captivated countless souls, inspired artists and filled hearts with passion. Yet it’s just the beginning of what you will find in this charming village on the Amalfi Coast. There are still stories to be uncovered along its medieval streets, garden villas and ancient stone pathways. Every year in the summer months, the "Ravello Festival" takes place. It began in 1953 in honour of Richard Wagner. In the 12th century, the population of Ravello was 25,000. Today the population is around 2,500.

Ravello has three prestigious Michelin restaurants. Those are Belvedere Restaurant, Rossellinis and Il Flauto di Pan. Very, very narrow streets:)

2021-11-11 21:14

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