Gardens of the Amalfi Coast

Gardens of the Amalfi Coast by Robert I.C. Fisher

Format: Paperback / softback, 208 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236547
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Ravishingly photographed, romantic beyond reason, this book devoted to the most celebrated gardens of southern Italy captures the inexhaustible lure of one of the most beautiful places on earth: Campania, the sun-kissed region that is home to Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

Erstwhile pleasure dome to the Roman emperors, and still Italy's most glamorous seaside getaway, this province has been a top destination for garden appassionati for decades. Bewitched by the natural splendours of the region, author and photographer Robert I.C. Fisher has created a 200-page celebration of twenty-four of southern Italy's finest gardens. 

In Ravello, the rampageous roses of Villa Cimbrone once warmed the famously chilly heart of Greta Garbo, while off the coast of Positano the private Li Galli islands were the last home of Rudolf Nureyev. In Sorrento, Lord Astor's garden is a monument to English exoticism and on Capri Graham Greene discovered his legendary retreat. Understanding that the potent allure of gardens is not only about plants and species, Fisher also tells the stories of some of the fascinating people who dedicated their lives to creating and nurturing these treasures.

The gardens' special magic is captured in lush, mouth-watering photographs, whether it be of turn-of-the-century Sorrento, picture-perfect Positano, medieval Amalfi or island-in-the-sky Ravello. Prepare for enchantment as, through these bougainvillea-bright pages, you visit the garden Shangri-La that is Campania.

ROBERT I.C. FISHER’s interest in Italian history and culture began while studying the Renaissance at New York’s Institute of Fine Arts. Escape to the Amalfi Coast was published in 1999 and he has since edited travel guides to Rome, Naples, and Florence (Fodor’s Travel). His articles on art connoisseurship appeared in Town & Country and Art in America magazines. Today his photography appears under the name of Robinson Fisher. He lives in New York.

Format: Paperback / softback, 208 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236547
Size: 7.48 in x 8.976 in / 190 mm x 228 mm
Published:

INTRODUCTION



I NAPOLI NOBILISSIMA: Naples and Environs



SUN SOUCI

Villa d'Avalos, Posillipo

REIGNING FASHION

The English Garden, Reggia di Caserta

THE GOOD VOLCANO

Giardino della Regina, Reggia di Portici

CLOISTERED CHARMS

Chiostri di Santa Chiara and I Girolamini, Naples

THROUGH ENGLISH EYES

Villa Lanzara, Nocera

WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER

Castello Lancellotti, Lauro

THE GLOBAL GARDEN

Orto Botanico, Naples



II TREASURED ISLANDS: Capri and Ischia



HOW GREENE WAS HIS ISLAND

Villa Il Rosaio, Anacapri

SEEDS OF INSPIRATION

La Mortella, Ischia

IT HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL DAY

Villa San Michele, Anacapri

THE ISLAND WAY

La Certosella, Capri



III SIREN-LAND: Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula

HOW DOES LORD ASTOR'S GARDEN GROW?

Villa Tritone, Sorrento

CALL OF THE THE SIRENS

The Li Galli Islands, off Positano

ALONG THE GOLDEN MILE

Villa de Gregorio di Sant'Elia, Portici 

LA BELLA SORRENTO

Villa Silvana, Sorrento

A REGAL REALM

Parco dei Principi, Sant'Agnello



IV LA DIVINA COSTIERA: The Amalfi Coast

COLORE!

Il San Pietro, Positano

BLOSSOM FEVER

Palazzo Murat, Positano 

THE FLOWER AND THE GLORY

Villa Rufolo, Ravello

GARBO'S SHANGRI-LA

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

AMALFI CON AMORE

Il Santa Caterina, Amalfi



Index

One can almost smell the lemons and hear the waves.

The gardens, views and stories are so ridiculously wonderful that your spirits are lifted just by flicking through the pages.

Escape to warmer climes, at least in your imagination, with this beautiful, lavishly photographed book which celebrates 24 of the finest gardens in this seductive area of Italy.

One can almost smell the lemons and hear the waves.

The gardens, views and stories are so ridiculously wonderful that your spirits are lifted just by flicking through the pages.

To delve into this exquisite showcase of 20 of the most celebrated gardens is to become wrapped up in the inexhaustible lure of one of the most beautiful places on earth… Prepare for paradise as this vibant coffee table book takes you to a haven of natural beauty in the Shangri-La of gardens that is Campania.

A coffee-table book of the gardens of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast that inspires a longing for sunshine, blue sky and bougainvillea.

Escape to warmer climes, at least in your imagination, with this beautiful, lavishly photographed book which celebrates 24 of the finest gardens in this seductive area of Italy.