Il Rifugio is a charming two -storey ancient house . It has been recently restored throughout, and furnished with taste and charm with antiques, quality pieces , prints , ceramic and paintings
Designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible, the many modern amenities include independently-controlled central heating and air-conditioning, a phone for both incoming and outgoing calls , satellite TV, clothes washer, wi-fi internet connection, etc.
Situated high up in town, naturally there are steps to climb ( approx. 83.) but for those seeking space, privacy, comfort and above all wide panoramic views of the sea and of the village , the climb is worth .
Parking may be tricky here but there is no need for a car as restaurants, bars, boutiques and all immediate necessities are close at hand and a short walk or bus ride downhill leads to the town center and the two beaches.
However, paid garages ( to be booked in advance) are in the neighborhood if you do have a car, at additional charge of 25 euros per day payable locally.
Accommodation ( 65 sqm )
Accommodation is spread across two levels.
Through the entrance door and up twenty steps , is the tiny but very charming single bedroom with windows with views over the rooftops of Positano . There is no air conditioning in this bedroom but a fan can be provided in the summer months. There is also a small bathroom with a fully enclosed shower, a basin and WC at this level.
A staircase of twelve more stairs leads to a warm and spacious living/dining room comfortably furnished with a two seater sofa , two armchairs, a flat screen satellite TV with CD and DVD , an air conditioning/heating unit, a round dining table in the centre and an open fireplace (wood for the fireplace is charged according to usage)
Off one side of the living room is the compact kitchen which is fully equipped with gas stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and washing machine.
On the other side of the living room is the master bedroom with a double bed and en-suite bathroom with washbasin, toilet, fully enclosed shower and hairdryer.
The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit and enjoys views of the sea and of the village.
The rooms on this floor have vaulted ceilings and thick stone walls, which is characteristic of the ancient buildings of the area.
Along the whole length of the living room runs a terrace plenty big enough for lounging and eating out. The terrace is shaded by a pergola with a bamboo roof and enjoys wonderful views of the sea and of the village.
Access: Il Rifugio will be reached from the street level going up an external stairway which consists of approximately 83 steps.
Distances : The entrance of the house is only a short walk away from the one-way internal road housing local traffic and Positano’s inner transport system only.
Shops, restaurants and cafés can be found along the internal road , within 100 meters from the house. At the same distance is a pay parking garage (where a space can be reserved in advance) and a bus stop for the local yellow-bus that circulates around Positano and takes to the pedestrian area downtown.
The pedestrian area can also be reached on foot through the old, typical ramps of stairs and romantic lanes which characterize Positano ; the local bus will take guests back up from the centre down below.
From the pedestrian area , the main beach of Positano, called Spiaggia Grande, can only be reached on foot in 5/6 minutes by following a charming downhill alley closed to traffic, which will take to the beach in approximately 600 meters. This alley is full of colourful shops and boutiques, where guests will be able to shop for fashion and local hand-made goods.
Ferries and hydrofoils to Capri (20min), Naples (50 min), Amalfi (30 min) and Salerno (1½h) leave from a pier to the right of the main beach.
The other villages of the coast are easily reached by blue buses marked SITA.
At about 1,5 km far from the house is the SITA bus stop which offers regular service to and from Amalfi and Sorrento , every 45 minutes / 1 hour and can be reached by local mini buses .
Airports : Naples 70 Km, Rome ( Fiumicino) 330 Km