Holiday Villa in Nr Positano, Sorrento, Campania, Italy
This villa, a recent, elegant construction in the classic style, stands sheer over the sea on a tract of coast of the Sorrento peninsula that looks out onto the islands of Li Galli and the gulf of Positano. Villa Piana is in an extremely tranquil spot surrounded by a fenced garden which leads to a terrace facing the sea. It lies on two floors and is characterised by panoramic terraces, on one of which there is a 4 x 11 m swimming-pool. Architecturally speaking, the interiors are very elegant with staircases of white marble and spacious halls; the fine furnishings also include antiques.
Positano (7 km. far from the villa) is the most coy and aristocratic of the resorts along the Amalfi coast, almost inaccessible except by sea, where there is a small landing stage, or by the narrow, winding roadway high above the sea, where two cars may just about pass each other.
Positano is a charming village of 3700 inhabitants which lies on the Amalfi Coast between three valleys called Pertuso, Comune and Paipo. According to the tradition, Positano was founded by the inhabitants of Paestum who had fled from their homes, sacked by the invaders.
It has a small beach, very elegant haunts, exquisite hotels and everything is de-luxe or almost so. Mass tourism is banned at Positano, which cannot welcome more tourists than it does at present, for as it is they almost bump into one another of the tiny beach bounded by rock. There is no possibility of building further, and Positano is perhaps the only resort in the world that doesn't advertise.
Nowadays, this town is one of the most well-known seaside-resorts on the Amalfi Coast and it is especially popular with artists from all over the world.
But the surroundings of Positano too are very beautiful: the trip along the Amafi coast, both by sea and by coach, is a celebrated itinerary for Mediterranean tourists. In general, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello are the most famous: but there are other tiny fishing villages, not very easy to reach and therefore primitive, where visitors can find a hospitality that is not sophisticated, but open hearted, in the little rustic cottages.