Palazzo Santa Croce

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Exotic, sumptuous, and with outstanding views, this house is a perfect choice for a special celebration

In brief

  • Magnificent sea views
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cook service included

About the villa

Exotic, sumptuous, this house was originally built by prosperous merchants trading with the East and in more recent times has been a retreat for artists and writers such as Picasso and Steinbeck. Built high above Positano, surrounded by hanging gardens, the views from its terraces are quite spectacular and the villa is bathed in sunshine throughout the day.

Spacious and extravagantly furnished rooms open out of each other like a series of ornate jewel-boxes, filled with some impressive paintings and statuary and with elaborate curtains and comfortably cushioned seating. Most rooms open on to private balconies or terraces, one of which forms the elegant setting for outdoor dining. Recent renovations have contributed numerous modern refinements amongst which are a magnificent full-sized indoor pool with spa, sauna and Turkish bath. A cook presides over a superbly characterful kitchen where modern equipment contrasts with beautiful old tiles and stone arches.

The property extends over five levels, with a garden full of fruit trees on the highest level and a lovely gazebo in which to relax and contemplate those stunning views.


Villa details


Main Floor

  • Living and dining room opening onto large terrace with dining area and comfortable seating
  • Kitchen with further dining area

First floor

  • Two double bedroom suites with large sitting area, shower rooms and frescoed ceilings (can be made as twin bedroom)

Half Landing

  • Single bedroom
  • Separate shower room slightly further up the stairs

Second Floor

  • Two double bedrooms, each with shower room en suite (can be made as twin room)
  • Access to the garden and terrace

Lower Ground Floor

  • Indoor Jacuzzi pool area
  • Turkish bath
  • Sauna
  • Private chapel
  • Sitting area
  • Opens onto grassed area with sunloungers and Jacuzzi footbath


Children's Facilities

  • Cot and highchair


  • Satellite TV
  • Centralised music system
  • PC with ADSL line and WiFi

Keeping Cool

  • Air conditioning

Kitchen Essentials

  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hob
  • Oven

Private Pool

  • Indoor Jacuzzi pool
  • 8m x 3.5m
  • Built-in steps

Something Special

  • Sauna
  • Turkish bath
  • Jacuzzi footbath

Villa Essentials

  • Washing Machine
  • Hairdryers For All Bedrooms
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Service & Staffing


  • A continental breakfast will be served daily
  • Two dedicated members of staff are available to cook and serve meals from 8:00 - 13:30 hrs and 17:00 - 20:00 hrs
  • One complimentary cooking class

villa staff

  • Maid service 7 days per week
  • Laundry service
  • Extra staff hours are available


  • Porterage included from 16.00 to 18.00 and 8.00 – 10.00 on arrival/departure day for 2 pieces of luggage per person

Additional villa services

  • Baby sitting service
  • Parking €35 per day

Important Information

A float of Euro 2,000 for food and beverage expenses is payable on arrival. Please note that Palazzo Santa Croce is 190 steps from the road so is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Tourist tax of €1.50 per person per day will be collected in cash on arrival

Please note our properties in Positano do not have private parking. If you are renting a car, you will need to use a private car park for approximately €25-€30 per day.

A security deposit of €10000 will be held on a credit card on arrival for the high value of works of Art and furnishings in the villa.


A private air-conditioned taxi transfer from Naples airport to Positano can be arranged to meet your flights. Please ask your Travel Expert for further details. Please note that it is not possible to drive or to be dropped off adjacent to the apartment, there are steps down to the apartment. Porters are available to assist with luggage (€15 per piece between 0700 - 2200hrs, €20 per piece between 2200 hrs - 0700 hrs, payable locally in cash) if required.

CV Representative

An English speaking CV Representative in Italy will be available by phone during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.


Arrival from 14:00 . Departure by 10:00.


Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.



  • Nearest shops, restaurants, tennis court, hydrofoil to Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri 10 minutes walk

Places of Interest

  • Amalfi 17km
  • Ravello 25km
  • Pompeii 45km
  • Santa Maria di Castellabate (Palazzo Belmonte) 110km


  • Main beach 10 minutes walk


  • Naples 60km

Train Station

  • Naples 57km
About the area


Average weather

From dazzling crystalline waters and dramatic rocky cliffs to authentic twisting lanes and spectacular architecture, Positano is a stunning cliffside village on the south coast of Italy. Abounding in unique and timeless charms, this seaside resort boasts pure Italian splendour, whether it be the relaxed atmosphere, quaint cafes, beautiful beaches or deluxe cosmopolitan boutiques. Picturesque scenery and interesting architecture can be found at every turn, with plenty of fine activities to enjoy during your villa holiday, whether you’re spending a day indulging in retail therapy or embarking on a hike with extraordinary sea views. Along the seafront, visitors will find plenty of upmarket and trendy restaurants offering deliciously authentic cuisine.

Find out more about Positano.


Please note that there is a European tourist tax payable on arrival. Further details will be advised prior to arrival.

Having a barbecue in Italy is one of the best ways to cook your food but you may find that due to long drought periods in high season barbecuing may be restricted in some areas. You will be informed if this happens by your house staff or local representative.


CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.


Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.