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

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9780711230385: Close to Paradise: The Gardens of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast

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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About the Author:

Contributor to Town & Country and Art in America, author/photographer Robert I. C. Fisher published his first book, Escape to the Amalfi Coast, in 1999. His love affair with Italy began during graduate studies under Sir John Pope-Hennessy at New York City's Institute of Fine Arts and continues to this day in his job as an editor of travel books, including guides to Rome and Naples.

Review:

One can almost smell the lemons and hear the waves. Ultratravel The gardens, views and stories are so ridiculously wonderful that your spirits are lifted just by flicking through the pages. Independent on Sunday To delve into this exquisite showcase of 20 of the most celebrated gardens is to become wrapped up in the inexhaustible lure of one of the most beautiful places on earth... Prepare for paradise as this vibant coffee table book takes you to a haven of natural beauty in the Shangri-La of gardens that is Campania. Italia A coffee-table book of the gardens of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast that inspires a longing for sunshine, blue sky and bougainvillea. English Garden Escape to warmer climes, at least in your imagination, with this beautiful, lavishly photographed book which celebrates 24 of the finest gardens in this seductive area of Italy. Daily Mail

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