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.
I NAPOLI NOBILISSIMA: Naples and Environs
Villa d'Avalos, Posillipo
The English Garden, Reggia di Caserta
THE GOOD VOLCANO
Giardino della Regina, Reggia di Portici
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
Il San Pietro, Positano
Palazzo Murat, Positano
THE FLOWER AND THE GLORY
Villa Rufolo, Ravello
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
AMALFI CON AMORE
Il Santa Caterina, Amalfi
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.
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.