Vistamare has among the most spectacular sea views Positano has to offer. It forms part of the same pink stucco villa which houses La Veranda del Mare and Il Nido, sited immediately adjacent to Il Nido and on a level above La Veranda. Thus, if you’re a larger group, those three units can, taken together, accommodate up to 13 persons comfortably in 6 double bedrooms, 1 single, and 6 baths.
Vistamare has its own independent entrance, accessed from the Via Pasitea below, via a stairway with 85 steps. You can also approach from above, i.e., from the main Amalfi Drive. This is down a similar number of steps. So you MUST be fit. There is no way around it. We have sent people up into their 80s to Vistamare. They took the steps VERY slowly! On the other hand, both because of the steps and precipitous drops, as well as of the antique furnishings, children under 12 years of age are strongly discouraged.
We ourselves stayed at Vistamare, before it had ever been rented. The owner has done it up beautifully. Ceilings are high and are barrel-vaulted; floors are ceramic. Family antiques are pleasingly mixed with modern pieces and 21st-century amenities. Rooms are oversize. In fact, even though Vistamare must technically be described as an “apartment”, one truly feels that one is in a fully free-standing independent house.
The terraces are just magnificent, with spectacular views over Positano and the sea. Believe it or not, this property, right in the center of Positano village, has a significant vegetable garden whose product, in season, is available for your consumption, at no cost!