$ 22 758 000 (Estimation: 20 000 000 €) Ravello, Italy
Magnificently situated on a majestic hillside with unobstructed views of the sparkling Bay of Salerno, Villa La Rondinaia is a castle-like estate drenched in history and surrounded by beauty. Named for its resemblance to a swallow’s nest, the sumptuous property was constructed in the early 20th century and owned by author Gore Vidal for more than 30 years.
Between the charming allure of the town of Ravello and the gorgeous neighboring Villa Cimbrone, La Rondinaia was a must-visit address on the Grand Tour. It has, for a century, been an irresistible destination for movie stars, artists, society luminaries and dignitaries of every stripe who reveled in the villa’s cultural refinements, the Amalfi Coast’s enchanting beauty, and the owners’ generous hospitality. La Rondinaia’s guest list has included Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, D.H. Lawrence, Mick and Bianca Jagger and Jacqueline Kennedy, among many, many others.
The six-bedroom, seven-bath residence, carved into a precipitous cliff face on four levels, has approximately 10,500 square feet of living space set amidst 6.5 acres of lemon and olive groves, grape arbors, lush landscaped gardens, a pool, pool house and sauna, and panoramic vistas over the coastline and the Bay of Salerno. Barrel-vaulted ceilings, arched doorways and windows, and long, tiled hallways open to handsome, spacious rooms with welcoming fireplaces, balconies and patios, and the luminous views beyond. Absolutely private, the terraced grounds are traced with serene pathways through overarching trees and tranquil gardens.
La Rondinaia is an estate residence of unqualified distinction – a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in a setting of incomparable drama and privacy – whose buyer will have the opportunity to complete and personalize the home’s restoration.
Carolyn Delli Santi
Real Estate Agent