La Baroque is a luxury villa rentals in Amalfi Coast.
Looking down upon the captivating town of Positano and its bay, this refined and interesting private palazzo of the 18th century is now a sumptuous luxury vacation villa.
Built as an Episcopal monastery in 1716, during the baroque era, Villa Baroque stands on a rock directly above the bay. Thanks to Positano's location along the main trading route for spices, silk, and other eastern imports to the continent, many merchants stopped here. They left behind not only works of art but a mix of cultures and traditions, and the villa was enriched by many precious objects from these foreign lands. Its painted ceiling, lacquered doors, inlaid-wood furniture, and stucco work resembling lace were hand-made by the master craftsmen of that time.
Beginning in 1900, Positano became an enclave of artists and writers who were inspired by the charm of the place to come back again and again. Even when the 2nd world war brought privation and poverty to Positano, the Villa retained its magnificence. Edward Ghillausen, a Jewish member of the Bauhaus movement, found refuge in Rome from the growing Nazi menace.
In 1926 Mr. Ghillausen bought this villa, where he lived until he died in 2000 at nearly one hundred years old. He and his wife Eva Maria Vivaldi hosted many famous artists here, including Picasso, John Steibeck, and Alberto Moravia. From 1939 to 1945 they gave refuge to other exiled artists and authors, like the German writer Stefan Andres, whose name was given to the road that leads to the palace.
Armin Wegner, Martin Wolf and the Russian painter Ivan Zagaruiko were also their friends. Each of these guests left some part of their hearts and souls in this remarkable abode.
Today, VILLA BAROQUE weaves its same enchanting spell to create a very special holiday experience. Today's owners, Giacomo, an artist, and Riccardo, an antique dealer, were themselves Ghillausen's guests. Feeling the powerful magic of the place and its history, they wanted to preserve it.
Today they share its timeless beauty and extraordinary peace with a few privileged guests.
Gate from village opens to private terrace furnished as living/dining room
Upper terrace with expansive views of the village and sea
Private spa terrace, tiled pool for hydro massage, attractive fountain
Shaded private garden with trees and flower beds
Central entrance with double staircase
Double size living room and dining room
Professional kitchen with separate dining area
Two double bedroom suites (queen sized bed), each with private sitting area and en suite bath
Two double bedrooms (queen sized bed),each with en suite bath
Private exit to garden
Heated, jet stream pool with fountain
Three spa showers
Sitting room with plasma TV, Satellite
Among the outdoor areas is a garden paved with typical Vesuvian stone, with flower beds containing the old citrus, fig, and pomegranate trees, and a gazebo....Read more
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