Palazzo Santa Croce
YOUR EXCLUSIVE ITALIAN VILLA OVERLOOKING POSITANO
With its strikingly rich red stucco facade and grand terraces, this 17th century Baroque palace draws the eye of anyone visiting Positano below. The luxury Italian villa is ideally located near the town center to enjoy the shops, restaurants and services that the “pearl of the Amalfi coast” offers, while its commanding position provides incomparable Mediterranean views and a quiet retreat from the tourist crowds.
Indulge yourself in the five luxurious rooms, a private relaxation space, ornate halls, and a deluxe kitchen at Palazzo Santa Croce.
This prestigious retreat on the Amalfi Coast is available only in its entirety for your exclusive use.
“Salus per Aquam”, believed the ancient Romans, or “Health though Water”. The private relaxation area at Palazzo Santa Croce is inspired by the famed baths of Rome, and includes a pool with a swimming current and massage jets, a sauna, Turkish bath, shower treatments, and an outdoor terrace with a sundeck and jacuzzi…
Palazzo Santa Croce was originally a small monastery that later became a bishopric in 1716. As a bishop’s residence at the height of the Baroque period, the building was renovated in the ornate style that remains today, and decorated with rare and precious woods and silks which were traded in Positano’s port with merchants from the Orient. The villa’s lacquered doors, frescoed ceilings, and elaborate stucco flourishes were created by local masters. When maritime trade ended, Positano gradually became a poor fishing village…though Palazzo Santa Croce remained a luxurious palace overlooking the town.
At the beginning of the 1900’s, the Amalfi Coast began attracting travelers drawn to the timeless beauty of this stretch of coastline. Among these European visitors was Edward Gillhausen, a Bauhaus artist fleeing the Nazi regime who fell in love with Positano and decided to take up residence here with his wife. The couple lived in the Palazzo until the early 2000’s, transforming the villa into a cultural center adorned with precious artwork and antiques. Together they would host great icons of 20th-century culture like Picasso, John Steinbeck, Alberto Moravia and many others.
In 2003, the villa was purchased by two local entrepreneurs, friends of the Ghillausens, who shared their vision of preserving the property and subsequently subjected it to a skillful restoration, returning the palazzo to its former splendor. Today the Palazzo Santa Croce is an exclusive luxury property managed by the San Pietro hotel.
THE MOST BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF POSITANO AND THE COAST
Palazzo Santa Croce is located in “Li Parlati” a historic neighborhood on the upper part of Positano where a number of sumptuous villas were built around the same period. Because the large palaces stood out in contrast to the common village houses, locals called this street “a via re case longhe”, or “the road of long houses”. To reach the villa, you must climb 190 steps following a walking street that passes olive groves and gardens.
- 15 minutes to walk to the beach
- 190 steps to reach the road
- Porter service for luggage