Villa Rufolo is the jewel in the crown of Ravello’s vast historical and architectural heritage. This monumental complex bears the name of the family who built it, and at the height of its splendour, around the thirteenth century, it had ‘more rooms than there are days in the year’. Part of the immense property has been eroded by time and neglect, part of it has been renovated and new pieces added more recently, starting with the invaluable work carried out by the Scottish industrialist Francis Neville Reid, who owned it between the nineteenth and the twentieth century. Over the course of ten centuries, the original model, which is a perfect synthesis of Arab, Siculan and Norman architecture, has been overlaid with new building styles, from the heavier style that characterises the more recent spaces of the cloister (eighteenth century) to the more romantic style of the nineteenth-century gardens, and to the present day, which sees the venue being used to accommodate the functional needs of the Fondazione Ravello, the Ravello Festival and the Centro Universitario Europeo per i Beni Culturali. Villa Rufolo was a much-favoured destination for musicians, artists and poets, extolled in Boccaccio’s verses and a place of inspiration for Richard Wagner, who saw in its gardens the materialisation of the setting he had imagined for his opera. The Villa provides visitors with a unique experience that will allow them to discover a world outside conventions.