If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, a visit to the charming Villa Rufolo is a must.
Built in the 13th century, the villa was one of the most magnificent buildings on the Amalfi Coast and the Rufolo family used to organise rich banquets for King Robert II of Naples during the 14th century. Even Boccaccio, in 1353, mentioned Villa Rufolo in the novella Lorenzo Rufolo, contained in the Decameron.
After falling into decline, it was later restored to its ancient beauty by the Scottish botanist Sir Francis Neville Reid, who also recovered the magnificent gardens.
The composer Richard Wagner visited Villa Rufolo in 1880 and was impressed. It was here that he composed the second act of his celebrated opera Parsifal.
During the summer period you can listen to beautiful symphonic concerts in the wonderful location of the arena in front of the Amalfi Coast.
Villa Rufolo and its gardens
The park and the beautiful gardens can be visited all year long and are visited by tourists from all over the world. Flowers, plants and maritime pines contrast with the blue of the sea, creating an unforgettable contrast of colours.
In short, Villa Rufolo is one of those places that can fill your eyes and heart with timeless beauty.