Palazzo Positano is a crimson gem against the aquamarine backdrop of the Gulf of Naples, a Baroque jewel that has been faceted and set amongst the rocks of the Amalfi Coast.

The palace was built on the Positano Bay around 1680 as an Episcopal residence, and has reached the present day in all of its Baroque splendor, unscathed by the misery and poverty that raged through the area over the centuries.

Its beauty has always struck visitors from Italy and abroad. Edward Ghillausen, one of the members of Bauhaus who escaped the anti-Semitic wrath of the first half of the 1900s, fell in love with the luxurious abode at first sight, and decided to move here with his wife.

Ghillausen was a generous host, apparently embodying Erasmus of Rotterdam’s maxim, “There is no joy in possession without sharing”. He opened the lacquered doors of Palazzo Positano to a number of his friends – including Corrado Alvaro, Alberto Moravia, John Steinbeck, Pablo Picasso, Carlo Carrà – allowing them to appreciate the decorated ceilings, stucco decorations, fresco paintings, gardens paved with Vesuvian rock, flower beds, and lemon, fig, and pomegranate trees…

A luxury that is well worth a detour.

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