dolce vita

A paragon of Eu­ro­pean style, Posi­tano is home to an A-list ho­tel that’s in­spir­ing sum­mer fash­ion, fra­grances, in­te­ri­ors and In­sta­gram hash­tags

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POSI­TANO IS THE APEROL SPRITZ OF ITALY. Nes­tled into the Amalfi Coast, the cliffside vil­lage looks like a post­card. The sea is cerulean blue, the rooftops are a dap­pled shade of sun­burnt skin and vis­i­tors on Ves­pas dress like ex­tras in

The Tal­ented Mr. Ri­p­ley. Perched high above Posi­tano you’ll find its crown jewel, Le Sirenuse, a fam­ily-run re­sort where Hol­ly­wood’s creme de la creme brush shoul­ders at the bar. Le Sirenuse was orig­i­nally a pri­vate sum­mer house owned by the Ser­sale fam­ily. In 1951, they turned their home into a lux­ury ho­tel boast­ing vaulted ceil­ings, em­broi­dered linen bed­ding and a col­lec­tion of mu­seum-wor­thy an­tiques and art. The ho­tel is now man­aged by An­to­nio Ser­sale, the son of co-founder Franco. His wife Carla de­signs wom­enswear for the ho­tel bou­tique, Em­po­rio Sirenuse, his cousin Ma­rina de­vel­ops the ho­tel’s line of Eau d’Italie fra­grances, and they also tend to the gar­dens of bougainvil­lea and le­mon trees. In 1953, the au­thor John Stein­beck wrote, “Nearly al­ways when you find a place as beau­ti­ful as Posi­tano your im­pulse is to con­ceal it.” Not Le Sirenuse. The scent of those le­mon trees is bot­tled in Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino fra­grances, while the ho­tel’s white­washed walls and tiled mo­saics are in­spir­ing the de­sign of new restau­rants and bars. Posi­tano’s pic­turesque ar­chi­tec­ture and land­scape is also fu­elling the lat­est home­wares trends, like cit­rus mo­tifs on toast­ers and ce­ram­ics painted with faces of Mediter­ranean gods. Your In­sta­gram feed is prob­a­bly full of Le Sirenuse-in­spired pho­tos, and we think it will be for sum­mers to come.

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