PALAZZO BEL­MONTE AND VILLA SIRENA

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The Bel­monte es­tate once cov­ered swaths of south­ern Italy and Spain. Now all that is left is a palace by the Tyrrhe­nian Sea at the head of the Ci­lento coast. Near the fish­ing vil­lage of Santa Maria di Castella­bate, a five-acre gar­den hides be­hind high stone walls clad in ivy and jas­mine. Swal­lows dive-bomb the bougainvil­lea-cloaked ram­parts and song­birds flit through ter­races shaded by um­brella-pine and palms. Licosa, the prince’s pri­vate na­ture re­serve forested in pines, is a short drive away; here, the Bel­monte sum­mer home, Villa Sirena ( Tel: +39 0974 960211), can be rented. A sea­wa­ter pool sits in the lee of a ru­ined Ro­man tower amid aza­leas, ole­an­der, and honey­suckle. Just off the rocky coast­line lurk the foun­da­tions of an an­cient sunken city, which divers can ex­plore. www.palaz­zo­bel­monte.com

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