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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Beautiful Inside and Out

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To continue my Italian travel report, these are some pictures I like to look at again and again.
This is what you see upon entering Villa Cimbrone.
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I don't know why, but rows of pots have a hypnotizing effect on me. I took so many pictures of them, here and in other places during our trip.
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Below is the view from our window. I could see a vegetable garden, fruit trees and a grape vineyard.
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Grapes were everywhere.
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I like to eat grapes, look at them and take pictures of them.
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I caught myself several times thinking how I wished I could reach a cluster of grapes:
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Going to the gardens and swimming pool:
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Ivy geraniums... There will be more of them in my garden next year:
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While inside the Villa, it was tough to go straight from point A to point B without peeking out the windows. Each one gave a breathtaking view.
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The first records of the Villa's property date back to the eleventh century. Since then, it belonged to several noble families which extended and reconstructed buildings, structures and gardens. In 1904, the Villa was bought by the British nobleman and traveler Ernest William Beckett (Lord Grimthorpe). He brought it back to life after a period of neglect in the 1800's.
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The Villa became a blend of styles, historical relics, decorative elements and ancient stone discoveries.
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The Villa's halls are absolutely stunning! The present owners, the Vuilleumier family, continue to respect and conserve the Villa's original architectural and design elements.
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Filled with art and antiques, the halls are magnificent! Frescoed surfaces, stone fireplaces and majolica floors date back to the late 1800's.
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Inside or out, the atmosphere is elegant and inspiring.
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Down or up the stairs, there is always something beautiful awaiting you.
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Before saying Good Bye to the Villa, I went to see the Terrace of Infinity one more time. Down to the alley,
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under the teasing clusters of scrumptious grapes,
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... to the unforgettable place which makes me want to fly:
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Fodor's says about this place: "This grand stone parapet, adorned with amusing stone busts, overlooks the entire Bay of Salerno and is one of the most magical spots in all Europe".
From this little balcony, above, I took the next picture, just to remember the moment.
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and this moment too:
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Villa Cimbrone website http://www.villacimbrone.com/ has an outstanding video presentation. If you have 3 minutes 43 seconds and want to get inspired,
I highly recommend it. The site also has an extensive photo gallery.
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HOTEL VILLA CIMBRONE from Roberto Vuilleumier on Vimeo. Information from Villa's brochure for guests was used while preparing this post. My previous posts about this trip are here: http://tanyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/10/morning-walk-to-infinity-and-beyond.html and here: http://tanyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/10/where-is-my-cappuccino.html
Copyright 2010 TatyanaS
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37 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting. I enjoyed the tour, it reminds me of my trip to Italy last year. I would love to go back for about a month! Enjoy the rest of your stay. Carla

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  2. I have been looking back through your travel pictures. What an amazing trip you had! I have a thing for Italy ever since I read "Under the Tuscan Sun". I buy any movie DVD set in Italy and dig then them out to watch that warm golden Italian countryside on the bleakest of our Canadian winter days.

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  3. I want to be rich and live there. Those views (sigh)

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  4. Tatyana

    these pictures are just gorgeous.
    I don't have enough vocabulary to describe my impression!


    Thank you
    Sweet green kisses

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  5. Carla, I remember your posts about your trip. As you, I want to go back!
    Jennifer, thanks for the tip. I will need some anti-rain remedy pretty soon!
    Hermes, ha-ha, I said THE SAME to my husband after our stay in the Villa!
    Renata, thank you! I think it's not the pictures, but the beauty of those places.

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  6. Did you stay in the Villa? Each of your photos is dreamy, and the quote seems right, "one of the most magical places in Europe."

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  7. What a trip you must be having. Looks amazing. Lucky You

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  8. Terra, yes, we stayed there. I can't believe myself now, especially after watching this video.
    Stone Art, thank you! I am home already and I am having dreams of Italy almost every night.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your trip. I wonder the total variety of plants collection the villa garden has. I like how they organise it, for example row of ferns in pots at the shade area near the stairs.

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  10. Tatyana, the photos and video are heavenly. Even my husband watched it with me. We want to be there!

    Eileen

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  11. Yep, without a doubt you are one spoiled woman. what a fantasy vacation ! Take care, Gina

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  12. Did I see a promegrante (sp) in one of those photos? Love them. Inside or out? I'd be straddling the door frame probably! Gorgeous, gorgeous...

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  13. Dear Tatyana, Yet more magic of Italy! I love the way that in the garden there are various devices to give glimpses of what is just beyond without giving away too much. This really does make one wish to explore and see what lies beyond.

    I am sure that the leaving was very difficult indeed. But how lovely to have had this experience.

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  14. Again... absolutely spectacular!! L

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  15. Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lucky, lucky, lucky.

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  16. Totally amazing, Tatyana ~ about as gorgeous as it gets ... a photographer's dream. Thank you again for sharing.

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  17. The place looks really spectacular. I noticed in several of your photos that there were quite a few cycads. Would you happen to know what species these are? I didn't know that they could survive in Italy's climate.

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  18. Thank you, my blogging friends, for your kind comments!
    Bon, there are a number of Cycas Revoluta in the gardens. I read that almost all of them are around a century old.

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  19. Beautiful photos, thank-you for sharing your trip. I would find it hard coming back to my garden after such an experience.

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  20. Tatyana - how absolutely beautiful! What time and gardeners can do -

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  21. I also love the many potted plants in rows and arrays you see all over Italy! What lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

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  22. This must be one long trip.
    It seems like you're covering lots of ground. So many of the beautiful sites...say come and visit...you'll love it here.

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  23. Must have been a dream vacation, now I feel as I've been,too! Well... kind of.

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  24. I bet you had such a wonderful time! You stayed at such a lovely place. I would have had to stand back a little from that balcony. :) I can only imagine what it would be like to live there...ahhhh...the life!

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  25. You're doing well selling the place! You should get commission from the Italian Tourist board.

    I've always thought of Italy as a little dull, but you've managed to change that. Mrs IG has friends out there, but I usually invent some work to get out of the trips, so she goes alone. Maybe I'll try to join her next time!

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  26. That's a great photo tour of a stunning place.

    There's alot to be said for gardening up walls.

    Love the shot looking out from the window.

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  27. Fabulous, stunning, and all the other superlatives! I love the aged elegance in this place, the timeless beauty of architecture and views. Lucky you! The inside is gorgeous and, from your photos, surprisingly homey. I would live there!

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  28. so very special thanks so much for sharing- I especially love the one from a pomegranate's perspective..sandy

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  29. These scenes are breathtaking, Tatyana! I haven't been over here for a visit since you left for Italy, and I'm just enjoying all these beautiful photos this morning. You must be having a wonderful time! I don't think I'd ever want to leave a place like this:)

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  30. Oh, Tatyana . . . yet another post of your amazing Italy tour. What a villa . . . and you certainly had a room with a view. Your photos beautifully enchant and carry us through these magical gardens and grounds. I must go to the site and dream of visiting someday. You have sold me 1,000 per cent! How long did you stay here? Though I might prefer more humble lodgings in a more rustic environment . . . your excellent post makes this spot a must to see and be within and without. Your title is on the mark. ;>)

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  31. I was in Sorrento in July and have been to Amalfi before. I did come across this hotel when I was planning my trip so will make a note of it for when I want to go back

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  32. You have created a great deal of envy here, but I thank you for sharing.

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  33. Oh Tatyana ~ Italy has always seemed so alluring to me and now even more so. What an astounding place this Villa is ~ I could stay somewhere like this forever and be quite happy. It's simply magnificent. How lucky you are to visit.

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  34. Lovely photos. I feel like I've been there, and since I'll never go, that's a good thing. LOL

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  35. Thank you for sharing your trip with us; it bought back happy memories of when I visited the garden a few years ago. I think it looks even better now! I'm lucky to live in Italy now, though we seem to make less visits to other parts of Italy now we actually live and garden here here!

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  36. Hi Tatyana~~ Amazing photos, the view is just, well, scary. :) Love the plantings.

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  37. That last shot makes me squeemish! I'm terrified of heights no matter how sound the railing might be!

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