Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the Vuilleumier family, for a few decades now Villa Cimbrone has been restored to its former standing as a prestigious historical site and botanical garden.
The Villa’s gardens were largely redesigned at the start of the 20th century, with the valuable input of the English gardener Vita Sackville-West. They are considered among the most important examples of the English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe.
|It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the center of Ravello to Villa Cimbrone, over stone paved walkways that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding country side.|
|Ernest Beckett bought the villa from the Amici family in 1904, and enlisted the help of Nicola Mansi, a tailor-barber-builder from Ravello whom he had met in England, to help with the restoration and enlargement of the villa and gardens.|
|The Tea-room, an original construction as an open pavilion.|
|The actress Greta Garbo and her then-lover, the conductor Leopold Stokowski, stayed at the villa several times in the late 1930's; a visit of 1938 is memorialized on a plaque.|
|The origins of the name Villa Cimbrone come from the rocky outcrop on which it stands.|
|The Seven Deadly Sins.|
|The cloister, a graceful little courtyard in an Arabian – Sicilian – Norman style.|