Author(s): Robert I. C. Fisher
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.
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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.
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