Gore Vidal, the prolific American author who passed away on July 31, left behind both an intellectual legacy and a reputation for living large.

His former home in Ravello, Italy, dubbed Villa La Rondinaia or Swallow's Nest, which he sold in 2004, isn't open to the public, but has long been surrounded by rumors that it will be turned into a seven-room hotel by local hotelier Vincenzo Palumbo, who has said he would keep mementos from the famous author around the house.

Arianna Huffington visited the home in 2005 and sat with Vidal on the terrace overlooking the coastline. Vidal, Huffington wrote, called the area on which his then-home sat, "Magna Graecia."

The home is available for photo shoots and weddings, so curious travelers and Vidal fans alike can catch a glimpse while traveling through the beautiful Amalfi coast.

Check out photos of Vidal and the cliffside home below.

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  • The exclusive mansion has offered refuge to such celebrities as Tennessee Williams, Rudolf Nureyev, Paul Newman, Hillary Clinton and Brad Pitt_ but has been closed since Vidal sold it to Palumbo, a local hotelier, who plans to renovate and open a niche lodging for jet-setters. (AP Photo/HO)

  • Gore Vidal poses in his living room of 'Villa la Rondinaia,' his Italian residence August 7, 2004 in Ravello, on Amalfi's coast Peninsula of Sorrento, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Gore Vidal poses on his terrace. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • A view of the sleeping room. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • A view of a corridor. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • A view of 'Villa la Rondinaia' looking off the Amalfi's coast. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • A view from a terrace from 'Villa la Rondinaia'. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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  • A view of the dinning room. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • Gore Vidal poses on his terrace in 2004. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)