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Venue in Amalfi Coast - Villa Astor / The Italian Beauty

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

What is Italian beauty? It may very well be represented by the magnificent Villa Astor (The Heritage Collection) in Sorrento. Walking through the garden you can breathe the air of history.

This is no longer a question of luxury, luxury is outdated, retro, it is no longer current. Here we go further. Only true connoisseurs of beauty can recognize this unique, beautiful and majestic pearl.

But I want to tell you a little about this villa, because the nice thing is that you can rent it for events and weddings.

Overlooking the Bay of Naples, this majestic property rises sheer above the sea on a cliff. With arguably one of the greatest views in the world and a splendor rarely seen, both inside and outside, Villa Astor has quite rightfully been labeled “Paradise”.

With a long history that can be traced back to the 1st century A.D., when Agrippa Postumus, grandson of Emperor Augustus, first made it his residence, Villa Astor has long been a home and a destination for the rich and noble.

Purchased by one of the wealthiest men at the time, Lord William Waldorf Astor, in 1905, the Villa became his passion project as he enlarged the territory and designed a splendid garden at the back of the house where a Dominican monastery once stood. His final addition to the property was the “Pompeiian” villa, which he decorated with Ionic columns and neo-classical frescoes by a Roman artist, Mario Spinetti.

After his death, the Villa underwent a period of obscurity, though even during this time it still attracted notable figures, such as Benedetto Croce, the revered Italian philosopher and politician, who lived there during the Second World War.

In the 1970s, Villa Astor was acquired by a wealthy family, Mariano Pane and his wife, who welcomed many illustrious guests including Princess Margaret, Rudolf Nuriev, Gregory Peck, Sofia Loren, Franco Zeffirelli and Gianni Agnelli.

Today, Villa Astor sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation on Amalfi Coast and has been named as a dream vacation home by many luxury lifestyle and travel publications such as Town & Country, Quintessence, Forbes, Bloomberg and the Telegraph.

Breathtaking story, right?

Villa Astor counts 6 luxurious suites in the main Villa, each designed individually by the renowned interior decorator Jacques Garcia.

All the rooms are furnished with the finest period furniture and objets d’art sourced from Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Another standout – the sumptuous marble bathrooms that accompany each suite.

Named one of the trendiest Italian wedding venues by the Brides Magazine, Villa Astor is a dream wedding venue - a unique and romantic spot perfect for elopements, wedding ceremonies, and receptions.

The stunning lush garden with panoramic views of the sea and Mount Vesuvius is a heavenly setting for romance and celebration. Dinning can be enjoyed al fresco under the stars or inside one of the many salons.

Planning your wedding on the beautiful Amalfi Coast?

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