Book – Villa Astor



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Description: This volume showcases the legendary Italian villa that William Waldorf Astor-the richest man in the world-exquisitely curated as a masterpiece of art, architecture, and design. Dominating the Bay of Naples in the charming town of Sorrento, Villa Astor is an Italian landmark with a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. American businessman, collector, and politician William Waldorf Astor-founder of the legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York-fell in love with Italy during his time as United States Ambassador in Rome. He purchased the villa that now bears his name and turned it into a paradise of art, beauty, architecture, and exquisite gardens. The eccentric, extravagant, and discerning art lover spent a decade restoring and decorating the house and gardens with an outstanding collection of classical artifacts. After Astor’s death in 1919, the villa changed hands and, starting in the 1960s, it welcomed an international jet set of actors, politicians, artists, and writers who appreciated the dolce vita ambience and the spectacular views of the Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast from the gardens and terraces of the property. The villa and gardens were recently acquired by new owners, who have restored them to their former splendor with the talented French decorator Jacques Garcia. This volume traces the splendid history of a legendary house, garden, and art collection and the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most enigmatic tycoons. “

Weight3 kg
Dimensions38 × 35 × 8 cm

31 x 24 cm