Photographer's Note

I took the photo at the entrance of Villa Cimbrone, in Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast.

The first reliable mentions of Villa Cimbrone can be found around the 11th century, intermingling with those of Ravello’s golden era. The origins of its name come from the rocky outcrop on which it stands: this was part of a large estate with lush vegetation covering over eight hectares that was known as “Cimbronium”.
Villa Cimbrone could equally be described as the visionary creation of an English lord or the invention of a visionary lord. Its history is controversial, but the result is incontrovertibly fascinating.

Villa Cimbrone's site, like its name, is ancient: it was a large possession of land belonging to the noble Accongiagioco family, on which stood a vast rustic farmhouse.
In 1904, it became the property of an English lord, Ernest William Beckett. Assisted by the Ravellian Nicola Mansi (who was neither an architect nor an engineer but a... tailor) Beckett was able to construct a building of incredible beauty, mixing styles and epochs, ethnic and cultural elements, antique finds and souvenirs of exotic journeys.

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  • Copyright: oana florea (oana79) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 22] (128)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2010-08-04
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/2.8, 1/60 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 6:42
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