Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and famous villas in Italy.
Villa Rufolo is located in the historic center of Ravello. Built in the 13th century by the wealthy Rufolo family, a member of which was cited by Boccaccio in the Decameron, the villa was also the residence of several popes as well as of Charles of Anjou. It offers a stunning panorama over the Amalfi Сoast and the Gulf of Salerno.
Location: Piazza Duomo, 84010 Ravello, Campania region
Nearby sights: Villa Cimbrone, Piazza Duomo, Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer
How to get there: on the train to the center of Ravello
Nearby hotels: Palazzo Avino, Villa San Michele, Belmond Hotel Caruso
Villa San Michele was built at the end of the 19C by the Swedish psychiatrist and writer Axel Munthe on the ruins of the Roman Emperor Tiberius’s villa. It is located between Capri and Anacapri, at the top of the Phoenician steps, which connect the center of Capri with that of Anacapri. The gardens offer panoramic views over Capri town and its marina and the Sorrentine peninsula.
Location: Viale Axel Munthe 34, 80071 Anacapri, Island of Capri
Nearby sights: Vicoli, scale e archi, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo
Nearby hotels: Punta Civita, Residence Hotel, Villa Cimbrone Hotel
Famous for its “Terrace of Infinity” (Terrazzo dell’Infinito), which offers the most beautiful view in the world, Villa Cimbrone and its garden are considered one of the most representative examples of English landscape gardens in Southern Europe. The temple of Ceres with the statue of Ceres at the end of the picturesque, central alley marks the entrance of the Terrace of the Infinite. Due to its location it also became known as la Porta del Sole (Gate of the Sun).
Location: Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello, Campania region
Nearby sights: Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Le Ville di Ravello, Duomo di Ravello
Nearby hotels: Villa Cimbrone Hotel, Villa Maria Hotel, Villa Amore
Official website: http://villacimbrone.com/
Tel.: +39 089 857459
Villa d’Este was built for the son of Lucrezia Borgia, Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, in 1550. It is one of the most remarkable illustrations of Renaissance culture. The garden, with it fountains, ornamental basins had a profound influence on the development of garden design throughout Europe.
Location: Via Regina, 40, 22012 Cernobbio
Nearby sights: Il Giardino della Valle, La Piazzetta, Chiesetta della Madonna delle Grazie
Nearby hotels: Albergo Trattoria La Vignetta, Hotel Centrale, Hotel Miralago
Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello is one of the most harmonious examples of a villa with garden, where the beauty lies in the overall effect rather than in each individual detail. Situated on one of the few promontories of Lake Como the villa was built for the Milanese cardinal Angelo M. Durini who wanted an isolated site where he could receive his frivolous invitees, but also philosophers and writers.
Location: Via Comoedia, 5, 22016 Tremezzina, Lombardy region
Nearby sights: Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
How to get there: It can obly be reached by boat from Sala Comacina
Nearby hotels: La Pergola, Michelangelo Hotel, Borgo Le Terrazze
Official website: http://www.villabalbianello.com/