It was William Waldorf Astor who bought a villa on the cliffs of Sorrento in 1905, not a bad real estate purchases for one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Astor reportedly spent 10 million pounds, which accumulates to about $110 million today, in renovations.
Once the palace was renovated, Astor set about acquiring surrounding parcels of land and nearby botanical gardens and recreating a Pompeiian villa on the edge of the land.
Upon Astor’s passing in 1919, the Italian government deemed the antiques in the gardens as such high importance that they had to remain untouched.
Since then, interior designer Jacques Garcia transformed the massive palace into a modern destination for the jet set.
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