Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast

Official Book Launch
Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Please join us for an evening with author
Curt DiCamillo, NEHGS Curator of Special Collections

Dominating the Bay of Naples in the charming town of Sorrento, with spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius, 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 American 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.

Book Launch Reception and Lecture
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
5:30 p.m.

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New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street
Back Bay, Boston

A copy of Villa Astor will be provided for all reception attendees.

Curt DiCamillo is an American architectural historian and a recognized authority on the British country house. He has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subject and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In recognition of his work, Curt has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and The Prince of Wales. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and is an alumnus of both the Royal Collection Studies program and The Attingham Summer School for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Council of the American Museum in Britain. Curt is currently the Curator for Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and frequently leads the organization’s heritage tours abroad. A native of the Philadelphia area, Curt grew up in central Florida with his sister, the award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo.

For more details, please contact Danielle Torres at or 617-226-1215.