Positano, Italy

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This beautiful 5-star 606 sqm luxury villa vas originally a bishop residence, built on the highest spot of Positano. Nowadays the building, where famous VIP spent their holidays in the past, offers a pleasant stay in one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi Coast, with unique comforts such as a SPA and a beautiful pool fitted with a swimming machine. GEOGRAPHIC POSITIONNested up on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, in the noble quarter of Positano, named Li Parlati, beautiful bishop palace converted into a 5-star luxury residence equipped with SPA and swimming pool.The property is reached via a series of alleys and staircases leading to the entrance of the villa, from where one can easily reach several towns in the vicinity: the historical centre of Positano (1km; 5rsquo;), Sorrento (15km, 20rsquo;), Amalfi (17km, 20rsquo;), Ravello (24km, 30rsquo;), Capri (40rsquo; by boat), Pompei (27Km, 40rsquo;), Vietri (37km, 45rsquo;) and Naples (54km, 1h 5rsquo;).Gli aeroporti piugrave; vicini sono Napoli Capodichino (54km; 1h 5rsquo;), Roma Ciampino (254km; 3h) e Roma Fiumicino (285km; 3h 15rsquo;).HISTORYStanding on a rock directly above Positanorsquo;s bay, built as an Episcopalresidencearound 1680 and, in 1716, during the baroque age, enriched by particular and precious objects from the middle-east and other country of the world.The Palazzo is still storing this human heritage among the painted ceiling, the lacquered doors, the inlaid-wood furniture, the stucco-works and the ancient laces hand-made by the master craftsman of that time; it never lost his magnificence, even when the world wars brought to Positano privation and poverty, it preserved its luxury, surrounded with breathtaking landscape that made, and still make, Positano a natural miracle.Since the beginning of the 20th century, day by day, Positano have become the alcove of artists and literary men, maybe arrived the first time only by mistake, but so inspired by the place to come back again and again and againhellip; The same happened to Eduard Ghillausen, a Bauhaus member who, being a Jewish, had to flee Italy finding refuge in Rome. In the Eternal City he met and fell in love with Eva Maria Vivaldi and together they decided to live the rest of their life in the Heaven on Earth: Positano.Until the year 2000, Mr Ghillausen and Mrs Vivaldi, nearly hundred years old, impregnated the Palazzo with their culture and that of their illustrious guests: the Neapolitan Caprile, the German Richard Oelze, Picasso, Carragrave;, Siegfried Kracauer, John Steinbeck, Corrado Alvaro, Dino Buzzati, Alberto Moravia. Armin Wegner, Martin Wolf and the Russian painter Ivan Zagaruiko were their friends, too. Each of them left in the Palazzo a bit of their soulshellip; a piece of their hearts.Todayrsquo;s owners, an artist and an antique dealer, were Ghillausenrsquo;s guests and during their visit at the palace they both could feel the magic power of the place. They wanted to preserve it and today they share, with few privileged guests, the never ending moments of peace and joy that fill up heart and soul, stopping the time and watching, like in a silent film, at the panorama and at the life of a land more singular than rare.The current owners undertook a painstaking seven year restoration combining ultra-luxury accommodation with the highest possible standard for art and objects d'art of significant cultural interest.DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING, STATE AND FINISHESThe villa is visible from the approach of the Amalfi drive, sitting as it does above the village of Positano and blessed with a position that ensures it is bathed by the first as well as the last light of the day.Through a series of walkways and characteristic shallow stairs, coming across gardens scented with the flowering citrus fruit trees, we reach Palazzo Positano, that, with its handsome and elegantly formal faccedil;ade, faces the receding landscape of the Amalfi coast to the west.The main entrances to the villa are two: the upper gateopens into the garden and, from there, to the central double staircase; the second gategives access to the large terrace furnished as living/dining room that links, through three doors facing it, kitchen, living/dining room and staircase.The professional kitchen is a complex and well articulated space where technological elements harmonize with the stones of the arches and of the monumental fireplace, with the majolica and the marble sink, the copper pans and the bread and pizza ovens, the large baroque cupboard overhanging the space available to eat also in the kitchen.Theliving/dining-room, constituted of two rooms, hosts the antique Tuscan walnut table with monumental chairs and comfortable modern armchairs, the bookcase with a collection of antique books, the Neapolitan Rococo mirror and a collection of antique paintings among which, those representing episodes of Alexander the Greatrsquo;s life stand out.The SPA is set on the lower ground floor and hosts the hydro-massage indoor pool equipped with the upstream-swim system and tiled with local majolica tiles.The antique CalidariumandFrigidarium have been replaced with the modern Sauna and Turkish bath, three spa showers, weight training, Sitting room with plasma satellite TV, massage/relax areawith access to the outside terrace with sunning deck and hydro-massage bath tub.The first floor hosts two magnificent suites with original coffered ceilings and wall frescoes.Coming up, on the right we find the first suite, dedicated to Alfonso of Aragon, that, thanks to the imposing console with mirror, the numerous paintings (battle of Lepanto, the enchantress Circe) and the columns adorning the bed, is connoted by a 16th century imprint. The second suite, on the left, is dedicated to Isabella, Alfonsorsquo;s wife and characterized by a strongly spiritual furnishing with the presence of a privileged altar and paintings depicting mainly sacred scenes.Reaching the second floor we find the two junior suites, characterized by the sloping wooden beamed ceilings, sober furnishing only sometimes enriched by pieces of antiques.The central imposing staircase with old stone steps, decorates with polychrome stuccos, niches with statues and vases, harmonizes and links the various internal and external spaces of the villa and represents an antiques art gallery.
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Anghiari, Arezzo, 52031 Italy
Price upon request
Full Baths
6,522.98 Sq Ft.
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