Magical Positano, arguably the most popular holiday destination on the Amalfi coast has its origins in Greek mythology, with the three Le Galli islands just off the coast supposedly the abode of the bewitching Sirens who tried to lure Odysseus to his death off the rocks. Its turbulent history of raids throughout the Middle Ages led to the construction of distinctive guard towers for defence, in strategic areas, three of which still stand on the coast here.
During the 16th and 17th century, Positano prospered as a port, and many of the sumptuous Baroque villas, in evidence today, were built, one of which is the wonderful Palazzo Santa Croce, situated high above the town with stunning views over the town, coast and sea from its rooms and terraces. The owners have restored the interiors to all their former glory, retaining original features including the lacquered doors, painted ceilings and stucco works. Sleeping up to 9 people in sumptuous accommodation, the villa also features a luxurious spa with heated pool.
It wasn’t until after the First World War that this idyllic fishing village started to attract various artists and writers who came here for the peace and quiet, and wonderful scenery, and then after the Second World War, that it became the popular, fashionable resort it is today. Throughout the years, Positano has been an inspirational retreat for film directors , film stars, artists, and writers, including John Steinbeck, who famously published his essay summing up the eternal magic of Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
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