Villa Rufolo

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Villa Rufolo information

Ravello , Italy
Piazza Duomo
+390 89 85 76 21
adult/reduced €5/3
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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 celestial panoramic views packed with exotic colours, artistically crumbling towers and luxurious blooms. On seeing the gardens on 26 May 1880, Wagner was moved to write: ‘Finally, the enchanted garden of Klingsor [setting for the second act of the opera Parsifal ] has been found’.

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. Today the gardens are used to stage concerts during the town’s classical music festival.