Ancient residence

Villa de Cillis Carafa is an ancient historic residence on the Golden Mile, the majestic royal road so called for its landscape, archaeological and architectural beauties. A set of elements that refers to the glorious past whose sign remains in the noble residences that arose following the will of King Charles III of Naples of Bourbon and Queen Amalia of Saxony to build the Royal Palace of Portici in 1738.

The villa is located in an area, destination of the most illustrious European families of the 18th century, final destination of the Grand Tour. The contrast between the menacing mass of the volcano and the beauty of the sea is embellished with residences and gardens, an expression of taste and refinement that still seduces and attracts visitors today.

Noble residence

Villa De Cillis Carafa is part of the Vesuvian Villas circuit and belonged to the noble Carafa D’Andria family until a few years ago. The villa was born in the 18th century and transformed into a summer residence in the 19th century.

The current structure was commissioned by the Marquise Eleonora Carafa D’Andria De Cillis in 1918 who decided to move from Naples to Torre del Greco to enjoy the healthy air of the area.

Your sincere place

With the change of ownership, the villa is also recovered, bringing it back to the ancient glories of the past thanks to period furnishings made unique by the modern design of Pierre Frey, Sanderson and Rubelli fabrics. To date, the villa remains a private residence, ready to welcome guests in an atmosphere of conviviality.

The garden

Immersed in the enchanting embrace of the Vesuvius National Park, the historic garden of Villa De Cillis Carafa is a visual poem interwoven with unparalleled elegance and beauty. The mastery of a geometric design with perpendicular axes is manifested in the parterres, where the regularly shaped box trees create an intricate visual interweaving, while in the center the citrus fruits – custodians of fragrant secrets – capture the attention with their refined presence.


The corners of the garden are enriched with busts and capitals, silent witnesses of a glorious past. The citrus grove – with its succulent fruit trees – becomes an irresistible invitation to dream, relax in the hammock and abandon yourself to reading a book wrapped in the warm light of the sunset. As the seasons change, the garden comes alive with a kaleidoscope of colors and scents – from myrtles to brooms, from laurels to daisies – creating a constantly evolving vivant tableau.

Rare citrus fruits

An avenue of paving stones – recalling ancient Rome – with yacaranda trees on the sides, accompanies visitors up to the entrance staircase, introducing them to a realm of suggestions. A vast collection of rare and unique citrus fruits, such as Buddha’s hand lemon, caviar lemon, bizarre orange add a touch of freshness and invite guests to explore unique flavors within refreshing drinks.


The gaze rises towards the sky, cradled by the imposing shape of a centuries-old pine planted with love by the Marquise’s farmer. The white rose garden, like an enchanted portal, welcomes guests into a world of landscape elegance, while the decades-old apricot grove – surrounded by a vast manicured lawn – offers a spectacle of delicate beauty.

Every detail is a note in the symphony of a place that enchants, envelops and perpetuates the magic of its history.