Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello

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One of the highlights of Villa Cimbrone Gardens is the Terrace of Infinity, a natural balcony with 18th-century marble busts and views of the sea, lemon groves, and mountains. As you walk through gardens of this historic villa, you'll wander past oak, alder, and chestnut trees. Make your way down to the natural cave that is home to a 19th-century marble statue of Eve. Walk up the stairway to the rose gardens to breathe in the scent of French and English roses. Look for the inscription quoting poet Omar Khayyám. Latch on to a guide at the entrance if you want to see all the sculptures and learn their stories. Use our Ravello trip itinerary maker tool to add Villa Cimbrone Gardens and other attractions to your Ravello vacation plans.
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  • There are no words to describe how beautiful these gardens are ! The location is just stunning the view amazing ! Even visiting in Winter did not disappoint, just wished I’d seen it blanketed in snow ...  more »
  • Beautiful garden. Flowers, trees, old buildings are very enjoyable with the views to the sea. Very romantic.  more »
  • With great hope and closed paths (Amalfi-Atrani road is closed between, 15 min walk and again had to take the bus from Atrani) come to the door, when we get back. Ravello-Atrani at the start of the hiking trail from the entrance gate to the right, 40 minutes before, ladders and fabulous views, you can go to Atrani. We do not recommend much the opposite.
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  • Beautiful gardens. Amazing views. Takes approximately one to two hours to completely walk through. Several areas are only for hotel guests. Costed 7 euro to enter. Worth it for the views alone. Make sure to go on a clear day otherwise views will become obscured.
  • This English garden maintains the mystique of older times. Best is having a stop in the garden restaurant and taking it in slowly. Breathtaking Cliffside views.
  • It's worth those 7 EUR. Take your time and sit down under the trees near the bar to enjoy the view while having a drink(s).
  • TRAVELLER: AVOID THIS PLACE! We booked a two night stay at Villa Cimbrone in a Junior Suite, for the princely sum of €1,090 (US$1,300) per night. So it’s not exactly what you’d call cheap, at least not in terms of their pricing. In their confirmation email, they made the bland statement “Events could take place on our premises (gardens and Villa); therefore, entertainment music could be playing until 00:30a.m.”. They make much of this vague-sounding general statement in an effort to excuse what is completely inexcusable. When we checked into our fancy, overpriced suite, they certainly didn’t tell us that they had also planned a large wedding party in the space directly below our room, featuring loud (and alas, not very good) music, going on until midnight. If they had been honest with us about their plans, we certainly would not have accepted the room, at any price. Of course, they knew that too, so they chose the commercially expedient route which was simply to conceal their intentions from us. Starting about 1:00 pm in the afternoon the next day, the wedding festivities started up in the hallway right outside our room, where the wedding party took photos of everyone involved, prettied up the bridesmaids, and conversed with each other in loud voices through the entire afternoon. We finally fled the room at about 3 pm to get away from the racket. After dinner, the dancing and shrieking part of the party started up, with a loud DJ set up right below our bed – maybe 3 meters away. A bit before 10 pm, when we finally complained to the Front Desk, they explained that they were personally very sorry we were being inconvenienced. Somehow it didn’t seem like much of a consolation. They offered to move us into a different room, in an inferior category, but in a hotel with only 16 rooms, none of them was really much better. Those five stars Villa Cimbrone is sporting relate strictly to the real estate, which is certainly very nice. Being a paying guest there is not so nice, however. In addition to running a large-scale commercial wedding mill on the premises, they also take in daily large swarms of tourists to view the gardens, who wander around from 9 am until 7 pm, at 7 Euros apiece. The problem with Villa Cimbrone seems to be that the management is bent on wringing every last possible centime of revenue out of this property, no matter what the impact is on the unfortunates who are paying through the nose for the dubious privilege of staying here. Our advice is: spend 7 Euros to tour the Villa Cimbrone’s gardens, and stay somewhere else. For a whole lot less than $1,300 a night, you will have plenty of good options. There are lots of great hotels to have a comfortable, peaceful, quiet stay in Ravello, where the management actually cares about its regular paying customers. But the Villa Cimbrone definitely isn’t one of them.
  • Beautiful tourist site with peaceful gardens and spectacular views - better even than Villa Rufolo in my opinion. Bar makes mean cocktails as well, if a little pricey. Well worth a visit.
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