Originally a monastery, Palazzo Santa Croce became a bishopric in 1716. During its time as the bishop's residence at the height of the Baroque period, the building was renovated in the ornate style that has remained to this day, and decorated by local masters with rare and precious panelings, elaborate stucco and painted ceilings.
When maritime trade ended, Positano gradually became a poor fishing village. All the same Palazzo Santa Croce remained a luxurious residence high above the town. At the beginning of the 1900's, the Amalfi Coast began to attract travelers drawn to the timeless beauty of this stretch of coastline. Among these European visitors was Edward Ghillausen, a Bauhaus artist fleeing the Nazi regime who fell in love with Positano and decided to go into hiding here with his wife.
The couple lived here until the early 2000, and transformed the villa into a cultural center adorned with precious artworks and antiques. The villa was then purchased by Giacomo and Riccardo, close friends of the Ghillausens, who shared their vision of preserving the villa as a quiet, private retreat.
• Palazzo Santa Croce with its strikingly rich red stucco facade and dramatic terraces, draws the eye of anyone visiting Positano below.
• You will love the large, flower filled terrace with outdoor living room and dining area
• Outdoor terrace with a sundeck and hot tub
• The grounds include a garden paved with traditional Vesuvian stone and two flowerbeds planted with citrus, fig, and pomegranate trees which lead to the outdoor gazebo.
• 15 minutes to walk to the beach
• 190 steps to reach the road
• 4 luxurious sea view bedrooms, all en suite, with frescoed ceilings and decorated with precious furniture and artworks
• One single bedroom perfect for young guests or those who require privacy and independence. The room has its own private bathroom on the landing, decorated with antique majolica tiles.
• The private spa at Palazzo Santa Croce is inspired by the famed baths of Rome, and includes an indoor pool with an endless pool water flow and massage jets, sauna, Turkish bath, shower treatments, and an outdoor terrace with a sundeck and hot tub.
• The architecture is classic and beautiful and allows an easy flow between indoors and outdoors.
• The interior design is a clever mix of choice antiques, antique hand painted tiles and freshly modern textiles.
• The rustic kitchen has high end, modern appliances tucked in between the stone archways, marble sinks and a grand fireplace
• The living and dining rooms are divided into two separate areas, with an antique Tuscan oak table encircled by a blend of antique and modern armchairs, a bookshelf with antique volumes, a Neapolitan Rococo mirror, and a collection of antique paintings, including depictions of the life of Alexander the Great.
• All bathrooms have been tiled in the most exquisite reclaimed majolica tiles.
• Palazzo Santa Croce can also be an idyllic setting for civil and symbolic weddings and receptions for as many as 20-25 people Inside and 12 people Inside.
• Prime bedding
• Air-conditioning throughout the villa, included in the rent
• Central heating, included in the rent
• Satellite TV, safe and minibar in each bedroom
• Wi-Fi throughout the villa
• iPod docking station
• Rooms and bathrooms have complete sets of towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, Hermes bath set with soap, shampoo and shower gel
• Baby equipment can be provided
Staff | Service included
• Dinner on arrival prepared by the villa's chef with local fresh ingredients, beverages not included, or at the hotel restaurant, ristorante Carlino del San Pietro
• Continental breakfast served each morning in the living room or on the terrace
• Chef on duty 8 hours per day (ingredients not included).
• Cooking course with the villa's chef who teaches you how to prepare your favorite dish
• Daily housekeeping service for 8 hours per day
• Concierge service 8 hours per day
• Daily change of bed and bath linen
• Bathrobe and slippers available for each guest
• Hairdryers, safe, minibar in bedrooms
• A/C, Wi-fi and heating
• Pool cleaning and final cleaning
• Porters service Included, 2 luggage per person, on check in day from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and on check out from 8:00am to 10:00am. Before and after the time indicated or on Sundays or for any extra luggage the cost will be on the guest’s charge (10€ per suitcase)
Staff | Service on request
• Extra chef, housekeeping and butler service
• Laundry service
• Parking in a local garage with valet service (the car is brought near the villa by the garage valet)
• Cooking lessons
• Boat tours
• Wine tours
• Gourmet tours
• Private transfers and excursions
• Closest commercial and private airport Naples 60 km - 1 hour and half drive
• Positano downtown 800 metres - 15 minutes walking
• Praiano 5 km – 10 minutes drive
• Amalfi 15 km – 30 minutes drive
• Sorrento 16 km – 40 minutes drive
• Ravello 22 km – 50 minutes drive
• Pompei 36 km – 1 hour drive
• Rome 270 km – 3 hours and 20 minutes
Things to do
• Spiaggia Grande: In the center of Positano, this is, as the name suggests, the biggest beach in town. It's the most glamorous too: home to numerous bars, restaurants and beach clubs.
• Fornillo: You can walk to Fornillo from Positano's Spiaggia Grande, via the "Lovers' Walk". Nestled in a bay, this little beach is surprisingly quiet and peaceful.
• Secret beaches: Positano's rocky coastline is home to dozens of hidden beaches, which can only be reached from the sea. If you want to explore them, we'll arrange a boat for you.
• The best way to explore Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast is by “gozzo", the traditional boat used by the local fishermen.
• Capri: 20 minutes by boat from Sorrento
• Amalfi : Its churches, towers and arcaded houses, grouped together with attractive irregularity, rise above a small harbour, and are backed by precipices of wild magnificence. One of the four Maritime Republics it treasures many historical buildings and an impressive Duomo dedicated to St Andrews of the 19th century. Do not miss the Arsenal of the Republic, the Municipio where the Tavole Amalfitane (first written maritime laws) are displayed and the Valle dei Mulini with its water-operated paper mills and tall rocky sides.
• Pompeii: A trip to Italy is not complete without visiting the impactful archeological ruins of Pompei, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• The port town of Cetara: This characteristic little village is known for its charming little port and its great fishing reputation, mostly bluefish and tuna.
• The Path of the Gods: takes hiking and outdoor lovers from Agerola to Positano, accompanied by breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast.
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