Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:4-5 (KJV)

I am the Vine

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The Rose Terrace

Here within an arabesque balustrade, mindful on an old and absolutely English badminton court, in geometric flower beds, from May to October, ancient varieties of beautiful, scented French and English roses flower. In the middle stands a light stone meridian, on the outer edges, four ornamental statues: Flora, goddess of Flowers and Spring, Leda with Swan, and two wrestlers, Damosseno and Greucante.*

The Rose Terrace

The Rose Terrace

The Rose Terrace

Near this last, as a further invitation to rest and meditation, a seat bearing a poetic inscription by the Persian Omar Khayam: “Oh moon of my delight which know sno decline, the moon in the sky is rising once more, thus as it rises again in future, peeping through this very garden, it shall seek us in vain.”*

The Rose Terrace

*From the Villa Cimbrone guide leaflet

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Statue of David

The bronze statue of David was produced by the Neapolitan sculpter Gioachino Varles, in imitation of the one by Verrocchio kept at the national museum in Florence.

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Situated among holm oaks, alder trees and chestnuts lies a natural cave displaying a statue of Eve.

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Eve appears to turn, surprised, while her posture and that shy bringing of the hand to the face, communicate feelings of expectation and uneasiness. The technical skill of the sculptor is clear in the softness of the body, in the smooth, almost translucent surface of the white stone and becomes virtuosity in rendering the single locks of hair which, adorned with flowers, flow voluptuously over her naked shoulders. And the magic is renewed at every glance.*

*From the Villa Cimbrone guide leaflet

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Happy Valentine's Day

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Temple of Bacchus

The Temple of Bacchus is supported by eight Doric columns:

On the decorated traveation we can read the following inscription by Catallus: “Oquid solutes est beatius curis mens onus reponit ac peregrine labore fessi venimus larem ad nostrum desiteratosque acquiescimus lecto” (what is finer than, when work is done, with a mind free of every worry and tired from the effort on behalf of others, than when we return to our homes and lie down to rest on the bed we so desired).*

Temple of Bacchus

In the centre, on a pedestal, there is a fine bronze statue; liberating and proprietary music and dance, with a Satyr supporting Bacchus with his inevitable bunches of grapes. Highly figurative the temple was probably conceived by Lord Grimthorpe as the place where his memory could be preserved. His ashes, upon his express wishes, were buried at the foot of the pedestal.*

Temple of Bacchus

*From the Villa Cimbrone guide leaflet

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Hermes at Rest

We proceed on our visit with our hearts full of joy and our spirits refreshed, down a steep lane which leads us to the Seat of Mercury, winged messenger to the gods, where we find a XVIIIth century bronze copy of “Hermes at rest”, a statue from the old school of Lisippo on display at the national museum in Naples.”*

Mercury's Seat

To one side, as an invitation to pause, in the shade of an oak tree, Mercury’s Seat, with an inscription in English on the parapet erroneously attributed to the writer and poet D. H. Lawrence who found such inspiration here for his works, while we know today that the quotation is from Catullus: “Lost to the world of which I desire no part, I sit alone and speak to my heart, satisfied with my little corner of the world, content to feel no more sadness for death.*

Mercury's Seat

*From the Villa Cimbrone guide leaflet

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