Villa Cimbrone

Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

Your long walk along the narrow paths of Ravello to reach the Villa Cimbrone will be well rewarded. The fabled Terrace of Infinity lives up to any superlative you may have read about it (American writer Gore Vidal called the sea view from the belvedere the most beautiful thing he had seen in all his travels). The villa is now a luxury hotel, but the gardens and terraces are open to visitors for a small entrance fee. Painstaking care has been taken to keep the gardens as the villa’s early-20th-century English owner, Lord Grimthorpe, intended.

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Ravello’s stunning Villa Cimbrone dates back to at least the 11th century. Though most of the original structure has been renovated, and now includes a hotel and restaurant, it is nonetheless one the must-see stops along the Amalfi Coast. The villa is known for its gardens and, especially, its Terrazzo dell’lnfinito, or the Terrace of Infinity, which features incredible ocean views. Photos by Adrian Scottow/Flickr and Wa/German Wikipedia

Terrace of Infinity

Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone houses numerous quiet marvels, but none presents a picture of vastness as staggering as the accurately named Terrace of Infinity.

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