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The gardens

of Villa Cimbrone

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THE VILLA’S GARDENS

A breathtakingly beautiful

The Villa’s gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and contain a wealth “of the most beautiful flowers imaginable”. They 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.

As a result of the strong influence of classical literature and the reinterpretation of the Roman villa, numerous impressive decorative elements from all over the world were placed in the gardens, such as fountains, nymphaea, statues, small temples and pavilions. Some of them often hosted gatherings of the prestigious Bloomsbury Group, which chose Villa Cimbrone as a meeting place and source of inspiration.

The long central path, which in May 1880 provided the backdrop to the famous horse ride by Cosima and Richard Wagner, ends with the “Infinity Terrace”, where the gaze of onlookers is lost in what Gore Vidal called “the most beautiful view in the world” and where Gregorovius said that one feels “the desire to fly”.

“The most beautiful sight that I have ever seen in the world is the panoramic view from Villa Cimbrone on a bright winter’s day, when the sky and the sea are so vividly blue that it is not possible to distinguish them from each other”

Gore Vidal

THE VILLA’S GARDENS

Tour of the gardens

“Incomparable… rising above the roses and oleanders on a plateau whence the gaze sweeps to the sea.” This was the description of Villa Cimbrone given in summer 1835 by the German traveller Gregorovius, who was in no doubt about the charms and magic of this place.

ENTRANCE & VISITS

The gardens at Villa Cimbrone are open to the public every day of the year, from 9.00 am until sunset. The entrance tickets cost € 7.00 and there are discounts for groups and children under the age of twelve.
For further information or to book a guided tour, please contact our customer service staff by calling +39 089 857459 or sending an email to info@villacimbrone.com

THE VILLA’S GARDENS

Botanical Route

The gardens of Villa Cimbrone were originally a vast, rich estate that was already sought after in late Roman times for its valuable timber, its strategic and dominant position, and above all its rare and precious stretches of flat ground that were suitable for farming, unlike the steep, rugged slopes of the surrounding area.