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Villa Cimbrone

James Andrew at Villa Cimbrone.

James Andrew at Villa Cimbrone.

If you have always wanted to play the eccentric English aristocrat, then you couldn’t do much better than to set your wildest of fantasies at the Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone was in fact the home of Lord Grimthorpe who built the villa in the 1910’s on a pre-existing property that dates back to the eleventh century. Gimthorpe devoted much of his life to creating his fantasy Villa as well as Cimbrone’s world class grounds which contain what are considered to be some of the most important English Romantic Mediterranean gardens, (perhaps only rivaled by Russel Page’s “La Mortella” on Ischia).

Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone.

The interiors are very much in keeping with a turn of the century Englishman’s vision of the ultimate Italian Palazzo and, as such, are replete with frescoed ceilings and Neopolitan tiles.

Interior at Villa Cimbrone.

Interior at Villa Cimbrone.

Flowers at Villa Cimbrone.

Flowers at Villa Cimbrone.

Here in the tranquil pool area of the garden (top) I find myself quite overwhelmed by the surrounding beauty! I’m sporting a Tom Ford hot pink cotton polo shirt, Lova shorts are a linen cotton indigo mini hounds tooth, woven white cotton belt with bamboo d – ring, brown crocodile details and brown leather sandals both by Gucci, KVA sunglasses – not seen navy blue Balenciaga bikini.


  1. DeanFarris says:

    Dear James,

    You look bello ! Villa Cimbrone is a fascinating, romantic location, which I’m thrilled to learn about on WIJW. It brings to mind Bernard Berenson… I like this casual ensemble, especially since you are hiding the Balenciaga swimsuit underneath. Have you seen the GUCCI driving shoes in alligator with the bamboo bits ? I’m mad for them !


  2. SQUI says:

    James you go to the best places!
    Great sandals btw!

  3. I too love the sandals, and so want to follow on your footsteps and visit those amazing places in Italy!

  4. Matt says:

    Hi James,

    Did you stay at the Villa?
    How was the service?
    Thegrounds and building look amazing!

  5. Simpática says:

    what a lovely and romantic place……. I am sure this Lord was a very interesting person!

  6. Christiane von Könemann says:

    das ist ja eine tolle Villa, schöne Tage musst Du dort verbringt haben oder?



  7. The floors and ceilings are gorgeous!

  8. Pearl Hammond says:

    I love it, would be nice to spend my vacations there…

  9. Christian Fuchs says:

    It´s really a place to dream of…….you are so lucky my dear friend…….perfect outfit as always!



  10. Chau Mui says:

    Hey Gatsby,

    So I checked out your blog, and you really are Gatsby! haha! Come back to the Mark Restaurant again sometime soon- it was so nice to see someone not wearing another boring blue blazer:)

    ps- ive been inspired to work on my blog…and fashion sense now cause of this lol

    Best wishes,

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