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”.
It initially belonged to the aristocratic Acconciajoco family. In the mid 1300s it passed into the hands of the powerful and wealthy Fuscos, a noble family from Ravello who were related to the Pitti family in Florence and the D’Angiò family from Naples.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the Vuilleumier family, for a few decades now Villa Cimbrone has been restored to its former standing as a prestigious historical site and botanical garden, after a period of relative decline around the time of the Second World War.
This successful commitment to recovering, conserving and protecting one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Campania springs from an idea by Marco Vuilleumier at the end of the 1960s, which has been pursued with great determination.
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Villa Cimbrone is one of the most prestigious Hotels de Charme in the entire Mediterranean. The splendour and ambience of yesteryear permeate this 12th century residence. The Vuilleumier family, with its generations of experience in the hotel industry, conserves and protects the original architectural and decorative features.
Its vibrant atmosphere and the awe-inspiring beauty of the location have attracted famous politicians and aristocrats, as well as inspiring many artists and making it a meeting place for English people on the Amalfi Coast, including the famous Bloomsbury Group from London.
Over the years the villa has hosted many illustrious names from science and the arts, including Forster, D.H. Lawrence, Strachey, Keynes, Crick, Piaget, Eliot, Moore and Virginia Woolf. It has also welcomed figures such as the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Churchill, the Agnelli family and the Clintons.
A place for passionate encounters, the villa has offered sheltered privacy for famous romances like Greta Garbo’s affair with Leopold Stokowski.