I wish that after every I hike I did, I could come back and relax at a villa as gorgeous as Villa Cimbrone. I could dine al fresco, sunbathe, walk around the gardens barefoot as I look out at the ocean. While that’s not my day-to-day reality, I’m so glad I toured the gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello if only for a couple hours.
Once we arrived to the hilltop town of Ravello after our morning hike, my tour group had some time to explore and eat lunch before driving back to our agriturismo in Furore. Our guide Elisabetta highly recommended we visit Villa Cimbrone and I’m glad we took her advice. It was a 10-minute walk to the villa and the paved path curved along the edge of the town overlooking the waters of the Amalfi Coast.
Villa Cimbrone was owned by a couple Italian families and then abandoned for a while until it was purchased by an Englishman named Ernest William Beckett in the early 1900s. He wanted to renovate the entire estate and bring it back to its former glory. It was a passion project for him and a way to cure his depression over the passing of his beloved wife.
Once you enter the gardens, you can use a paper guide that explains the significance of each statue or area of the garden that you come across. Beckett did this place justice. It’s a beautiful oasis perched high above the hills.
If you’re spending some time in Ravello, you should definitely make time to visit Villa Cimbrone. It’s such a peaceful and beautiful place to walk through and explore. It’s open 7 days a week and the entrance fee is 7 euros. And if you happen to stay at the hotel, please tell me so I can live vicariously through you!
*I paid for my own way on the “Local Living Italy – Amalfi Coast” tour with G Adventures and all thoughts and opinions are my own.