Close to Paradise: The Gardens of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast

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This book showcases twenty-one of the most celebrated gardens in Italy's most glamorous seaside getaway. They include La Reggia, Caserta, the 'Italian Versailles' laid out for the Bourbon King Charles III in the mid-eighteenth century, the gardens of the Villa San Michele on Capri and Lord Grimthorpe's Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, with its breathtaking panoramas.

The text also traces the horticultural history of Campania, from Roman emperors to Edwardian millionaires, encompassing...

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Overview

This book showcases twenty-one of the most celebrated gardens in Italy's most glamorous seaside getaway. They include La Reggia, Caserta, the 'Italian Versailles' laid out for the Bourbon King Charles III in the mid-eighteenth century, the gardens of the Villa San Michele on Capri and Lord Grimthorpe's Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, with its breathtaking panoramas.

The text also traces the horticultural history of Campania, from Roman emperors to Edwardian millionaires, encompassing a parade of glamorous characters that includes Lord Byron, Wagner, Chanel, Jacqueline Kennedy, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Graham Greene.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780711230385
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Magnificent Photos

    Anyone interested in gardens, Italy, or just beautiful places will love going through this magnificent book that takes you to the public and private gardens on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Since I am in the midst of planning a trip to this area, I already have days filled with seeing many of these gardens. The photos are gorgeous and capture the beauty of the gardens while the text explains how and why the gardens and houses were built. Gardeners will love the ideas they get from seeing these different gardens. Definitely a lovely read.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended---You must check it out!

    Mr. Fisher's "Close to Paradise, the Gardens of Naples, Capri & The Amalfi Coast," describing the spectacular gardens of the Campania region of southern Italy, was a heaven-sent gift for this fan of Italian culture who is also a garden enthusiast. The coffee-table-size book starts off with a 5-page Introduction crammed with fascinating historical information that serves as overture to the 200 ravishing photographs that follow. Pictures of depth, brilliance, and clarity capture the 20 subject gardens and host-estates---each one is covered in a separate chapter and illustrated with a mini-gallery's worth of photos---with such immediacy you could be right on the spot, near enough to touch a bougainvillea blossom or a palm frond. This sense of intimacy is further deepened by companion-texts describing events from the not-always-peaceful saga that led to the Edenic flowering of this region. In these chapters, Mr. Fisher takes us from the ancient Roman settlements through massive political upheavals of centuries past to acts of piracy on land and sea and the like, to the genealogies of the founding families of the garden-estates, both natives of Italy as well as members of the British aristocracy---who were apparently among the first visitors to recognize the rich horticultural potential of Campania---and continuing up to the present cast of owners and landscapists, as well as the artistes with ever-green thumbs who are introduced along the way. The book is divided into four sections: "Napoli Nobilissima" treats the region around Naples and Vesuvius; "Treasured Islands" describes Capri, Ischia, Anacapri and the Li Galli Islands; "Siren-Land" wanders all over Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula; and "La Divina Costiera" is about the beauties of the Amalfi Coast. The revelations of many little-known historic facts alternating with vignettes of high-profile people who left their various marks on the territory---emperors, popes, military leaders, royals, artists, writers, and stars-of-the-arts past and present---made this a page-turner for me. But first, foremost, and most lasting, the extraordinary images of the gardens and their elegant settings amidst voluptuous terrain and panoramic views of the Italian countryside and Mediterranean Sea make this a book for all to enjoy and cherish. Though "Paradise" is in no way a primer on the how-to's of gardening, after reading it, admirers of its abundant virtues might be inspired to tiptoe through the tulips of Campania's gardens at some point.

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