Villa Rufolo

sights / Parks & gardens

Villa Rufolo information

Location
Ravello , Italy
Address
Piazza Duomo
Telephone
+390 89 85 76 21
More information
www.villarufolo.it
Prices
adult/reduced €5/3
Opening hours
9am-8pm summer, to 4pm winter
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To the south of Ravello’s cathedral, a 14th-century tower marks the entrance to this villa, famed for its beautiful cascading gardens. Created by a Scotsman, Scott Neville Reid, in 1853, they are truly magnificent, commanding divine panoramic views packed with exotic colours, artistically crumbling towers and luxurious blooms. Note that the gardens are at their best from May till October; they don't merit the entrance fee outside those times.

The villa was built in the 13th century for the wealthy Rufolo dynasty and was home to several popes as well as king Robert of Anjou. Wagner was so inspired by the gardens when he visited in 1880 that he modelled the garden of Klingsor (the setting for the second act of the opera Parsifal ) on them. Today the gardens are used to stage concerts during the town’s classical-music festival.