Amalfi has long been a mecca for the well to do and famous and I can understand why. Many people come here to get married and honeymoon as romance is in the air. In fact, the English Romantic writers discovered it in the early 1800’s; composer Richard Wagner has a road named after him; Henrik Ibsen, Graham Greene, D H Lawrence and Goethe have lived here; celebrities like Jackie Onassis, Liz Taylor, Bridget Bardot and Humphrey Bogart have had a thing for the place. From Hollywood, Edward Norton holidays every year in the villa next door to where we are staying, and Woody Harrelson has a house here.
But the most famous ex-resident would have to be writer and political commentator, Gore Vidal. He has been a permanent resident since moving to Ravello from Rome in the mid 1990s and up to his recent death. His villa “La Rondinaia” (pictured) was sold as part of his estate for eighteen million euros ($26M AUD) and is now being turned into a boutique hotel.