“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others.” – Boccaccio
Villa Rufolo, considered to be the symbol monument of Ravello, was built during the Medieval time by the prestigious Rufolo Family.
The Rufolo family had the political and economic power in Ravello for over two centuries, one of the leading dynasties in Southern Italy during the second half of the 13th century, descended from Rutilius Rufus, a statesman in the 2nd century BC. Villa Rufolo is a combination of Arab and Byzantine architecture, including local cultural elements, an extraordinary heritage, known as the jewel in the crown of the immense historical and architectonic heritage of Ravello.
This historical building that looks out to the Mediterranean Sea, is located in front of the Cathedral in the square of the episcopate, in Ravello, Amalfi Coast.
With the influence of the Republic of Amalfi, the medieval Ravello strategical role declined, and the Rufolo family felt into disgrace and were forced to leave this property.
The Villa passed under the laws of succession to other ownerships, such as the Confalone, the Muscettola, and later to the D’Afflitto di Scala family, that left Villa Rufolo becoming a ruin, until when in the middle of the mid-nineteenth century the villa was sold to the Scottish Francis Nevile Reid. The villa was renovated and what makes this villa a charming place is not only its architecture and the views, but its beautiful garden, “the garden of the soul”.
A garden where you can savour the noble lines of the monument’s architecture and the redolent atmosphere of a Romantic Garden with echoes of Boccaccio’s stirring poetry and profusion of flowers.
Villa Rufolo and its grounds are open all year round and many visitors from all over come to visit this unique sight in the world.