Oh what is more blest than when the mind,
Cares dispelled, puts down its burdens
And we return, tired from our travelling, to our home
To rest on the bed we have longed for?
So wrote Catullus in the 1st century B.C. and 2000 years later these words were inscribed on the tomb of Ernest Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe at the base of the Temple of Bacchus in the gardens of his beloved Villa Cimbrone.
Perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea near Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is one of the most beautiful properties on the Amalfi Coast, indeed in all of Italy. Beckett bought it as a run down farm house in 1904 and set about restoring and enlarging the villa and its gardens. After his death in 1917 it fell into some disrepair until being bought by the Vuilleumier family, who have restored it to its former glory and now run it as an exclusive hotel.
Travel at Your Leisure will be visiting Ravello and Villa Cimbrone in September next year, so come along with us and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
photo Hotel Villa Cimbone