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Amalfi Coast: Palazzo Positano Luxury Villa

Apr 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Property of the Month
1559_art63710_450x45088221Standing majestically on a rock directly above Positano’s bay on the beautiful Amalfi coast, built as an Episcopal residence around 1680 and, in 1716, during the baroque age, enriched by particular and precious objects from the middle-east and other countries of the world, you will find unique and exquisite Palazzo Positano, a 5 star luxury villa.   Armani, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Jessica Beal, have chosen this luxury residence for their holidays and also attracting celebrities, business leaders and aristocrats from across .North America and Europe.

History: The Palazzo’s 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; has never lost its magnificence.  It’s luxury is well preserved, surrounded with breathtaking landscape that made, and still make, Positano a natural miracle. Since the beginning of the year ‘900, day by day, Positano became the alcove of artists and literary people, but so inspired by the place tthey come back again and again and again   The same happened to Edward Ghillausen, a Bauhaus member , who, being a a Jewish, had to escape to 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, Carrà, 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 souls… a piece of their hearts.

Today’s owners, an artist and an antique dealer, were Ghillausen’s guests. 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. The luxury villa is 606 sqm –    Bedrooms: 4                 Bathrooms: 6

The 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 façade, faces the receding landscape of the Amalfi coast to the west.

The main entrances to the Villa are two: the upper gate opens into the garden and, from there, to the central double staircase; the second gate gives 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 majolicas 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.
The living/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 Rococò mirror and a collection of antique paintings among which, those representing episodes of Alessandro Magno’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 Calidarium and Frigidarium have been replaced with the modern Sauna and Turkish bath, Three spa showers, Weight training , Sitting room with plasma Satellite TV, massage/ relax area with 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 d’Aragona, that, thanks to the imposing console with mirror, the numerous paintings (of the Lepanto battle, of the Circe enchantress) and the columns adorning the bed, is connoted by a 16th century imprint.

The second suite, on the left, is dedicated to Isabella, Alfonso’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.

The property is completed by the Garden, all paved with “ Vesuviana”stone and interrupted by flowerbeds hosting the ancient citrus fruit, fig and pomegranate trees; at the end of it we find the gazebo and laundry room.

The property is sold including all the furnishing and antiques.

Condition: Completely excellently restored in the most absolute respect of all the art and decoration. Completely furnished with precious and rare antiques . Each piece was carefully selected for its appropriateness to the style and period of such a significant villa . All the systems have been completely remade in absolute conformity to the EEC safety rules.

Features: Gorgeous sunny panoramic position, sumptuous and highly detailed architecture and decor, elegantly formal facade, three expansive front terraces; Private garden; grand central staircase embellished with fabulous statues, original coffered ceilings with original baroque decorations; Frescoes; antique terracotta floors; original painted double doors, original four- and five-feet terracotta vases (originally for storing wine, oil and grain), private spa with heated pool, Turkish Bath, Sauna, Massage area and private sunning deck with hydro-massage pool. Private Chapel with original altar.Air conditioning , Wi-fi working also in the garden area; Tv Sat.

PRICE ON REQUEST.   For further information please contact june.clayton@livinginitaly.co.uk

Property Features
Air Conditioning Alarm Balcony
Cotto Floors Electricity Fireplace
Frescoes Furnished Garden
Gas (Mains) Heating Intricate Plasterwork Ceiling
Land Marble Floors Sewerage (Mains)
Swimming Pool Telephone Terrace
Vaulted Ceiling Water (Mains)
Local Features
Hiking Historic Area Local Restaurants
Local Shops Panoramic Views Public Transportation
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