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Il Saraceno

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May 2012

I LOVED Il Saraceno! My answers for VIA Villas would be all the same (great!) I loved how funky that place is. It's not overly fancy, even though it's spectacular. It felt just right for the town. A bit of bohemian spirit which SO suits me. I can't tell you how happy I am that I know I'll be going there again in the spring of 2013. 

Alicia J. NYC
July 2011

More beautiful than I could have imagined. Even better than the pictures portrayed...

Joanna P. McLean, VA
June 2009

Il Saraceno was a magical place to stay. 

Robert and Linda W. Perth, Australia
April 2009

Amazing property, beautiful setting and a great slice of history. I think that we were early in the season, heat was definitely needed in Il Saraceno at night and we did get it turned back on. Loved, loved the location and privacy. Great to have the separate annex for our son. Views amazing ++++ ... would love to return at some point later in the season, when warmer, pool functioning etc. All adjunct staff great, Car service could not have been better.. used them alot. Your list of side trips etc. was super. 

Name and city withheld by request
June 2008

We love the location, views, charm and decor. Staying on top of the views in Positano with the soft breeze was magical. We would like to thank you again for helping us find the right villa and answer any questions we had. I have spoken highly of your help with our replacing one villa with another. I will happily pass your name on to our friends!! Thanks so much. Ciao, 

N. and M. Emmerson Portola Valley, CA
May 2008

Greetings, Lori and James...

Not a day goes by that Bob and I don't reminisce in some small way about our 2 weeks at Il Saraceno this past May. Vacationing in our own private fortress overlooking the Mediterranean was a scene right out of a postcard, only we were part of the scenery! Our living quarters were so uniquely 'old world' and steeped in history that it was easy to believe we were becoming more Italian with each day. And the 27 curving stone stairway to the decorative tile bathroom was always worth the trip, helping us work up an appetite for our next glorious meal, whether under our own pergola or at one of the many remarkable outdoor restaurants that are so prevalent in Positano.

We were especially delighted to have our own kitchen (with wiew of Positano in the distance), and the ability to prepare a platter of fresh hearty bread, a variety of local cheeses, an assortment of native olives, and a fine red wine to enjoy outdoors on our patio. And as if this weren't sufficient for the vacation of a lifetime, we were thrilled to have access to the stone staiway leading to the Mediterranean Sea, where I made certain to take a swim while a dramatic view of the rocky cliffs surrounded me, as Bob took photos to savor the memory for all time.

Is it any wonder that we are still recalling on a regular basis the magical memories of our Positano experience? 

Joann and Bob A. Woodbridge, CT
May 2007

Lori and James - have to say we LOVED Il Saraceno. It was beyond spectacular. 

R. McKnight Half Moon Bay, CA
May 2007

James: The simple answer is -WE HAD A WONDERFUL TRIP. Many thoughts to exchange with you. We loved IL Saracino. We met the owners and a good story to convey. All the food , ordered in and eating out was superb. Weather very lucky wonderful. Many good visits and lots of good stories. Paula was helpful. Naturally we are in a mile high catch up so I will make this short and perhaps we can chat in the near future. Also, about a possible re-upping for another visit. My best and thanks, 

B. Alvine Woodbridge, CT
October 2006

Dear Via Travel Design/James,

We would like to write and 'Thank You' for the recommendation of staying at Il Saraceno and let you know we had a wonderful time! Our 25th Wedding Anniversary was very 'Special' , Thanks to the wonderful location of this property, we were thrilled and more than happy with our choice. We would be happy to recommend Il Saraceno to anyone who wishes to celebrate a special occasion in the future, we hope to return again someday as we love Italy so much, Positano was more than we had hoped for too. So many restaurants to choose from and some great meals and wine! The weather was the icing on the cake for us nice and hot and sunny so we could not have asked for anything more. Plus the people of Positano including Paola who were so very nice to deal with and she was very accomodating showing us around the property when we arrived! Eva too was a lovely lady who cleaned for us and even though I spoke no Italian we seemed to be able to communicate somehow? "Thanks" again for telling us about this wonderful property, we were truly lucky to have found such a wonderful place at such 'late notice' but it was the "BEST"!! Our Anniversary memories will be truly cherished and we cannot wait to return again sometime in the future, maybe for our 30th??!!

We found the beautiful views from Il Saraceno hard to leave behind as they were magnificient. Regards, 

Paul & Melanie Church Ontario Canada
July 2006

Dear James, We are now back home and I wanted to tell you how wonderful Il Saraceno was, the photos do not do it justice! It was the PERFECT place to spend our honeymoon & we hope someday to return! Paola and Eva (the housekeeper) were great as well. I will definitely be recommending your company to friends & family. Sincerely, 

R. Stolfi & John Zawada Clifton, NJ
September 2005

James and Lori,

Paul and I thank you again for recommending we stay at Il Saraceno to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary in September. It was an enchanting place to stay in the always-enchanting Positano.

In a way, it was exactly as you described it, and pictured it on your website; I say in a way because there are no words or pictures that can truly reflect the beauty of the site the ancient tower abode, with all its charm; the pristine private beach where I spent the better part of a day completely alone with my books and thoughts; and the absolutely stunning view from the bedroom, the terrace, or from just about anywhere on the property. It was spectacular! Paola was there to meet us, and available to assist us throughout our stay. She was very kind, even offering to give Paul and me a ride (via her boat) to the San Pietro.

It was nice to have a local looking out for us. We also want to thank you for all of the recommendations you provided on what to do once we got settled at Il Saraceno. Everything you recommended be it a shuttle service, cafe restaurant, grocery store, pottery shop, etc.was terrific. I am amazed that you are able to keep your list of recommended places to go so current and GOOD; however you are doing it, keep it up! Your pre-trip guidance and suggestions were invaluable. So, grazie mille for all you did to make our celebration truly memorable. We are already browsing your site searching for next years destination! Warm regards, 

Lisa Kerber Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
August 2005

The pictures and description of Il Saraceno do not come close to conveying the magic of this place!! What an absolutely incredible place. We loved it. 

B. Berardo Lambertville, NJ
June 2005

The property was incredible! 

G. Cirillo Penn Valley, PA


  • Air Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • iPod Dock
  • Iron
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Terrace
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Shared Pool
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

About this Villa

Il Saraceno is perched above the sea just a few minutes walk to the center of the village of Positano and conveniently located to public transportation.

Constructed in the 13th century along with a string of similar defensive watchtowers. They dot the Italian coast from Sicily to Tuscany and most can be viewed by boat on the way to Capri.

Il Saraceno is an extremely unique property in the beautiful village of Positano. It is ideally located for its breathtaking views and easy access to town and the public beach-the local inhabitants are even jealous of this panoramic view and close proximity to shops and restaurants! Il Saraceno is a simple structure with 6' thick walls and only two rooms. The circular environment, with windows overlooking Positano bay, is surrounded by trees and gardens in a gated private property of only seven houses with 210 steps to a private beach. Adjacent to the tower is an annex which is part of the rental. It includes a beautiful terrace, surrounded by flowers, and an outside shower. There are approximately 90 gradual steps down from the street to the property.

The beaches of the Amalfi Coast do not have sand, but consist of smooth round rocks. Aqua-socks or flip-flops are recommended. This property has a spectacular shared cliff-side pool.

Il Saraceno is only available April 9 to November 26 2016.

Included in price

  • Air-conditioning
  • WiFi Internet access
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Bed and bath linens
  • Beach towels
  • Cleaning two hours per day, two times a week
  • Shared pool opens May 13, and closes October 14th, 2017
  • Il Saraceno is located within Positano just minutes from shops, restaurants and the beaches
  • Praiano is 6 kilometers (10 minutes)
  • Sorrento is 16 kilometers (30 minutes)
  • Capri is 18 kilometers by boat (30 minutes)
  • Atrani and Amalfi are 19 kilometers (30 minutes)
  • Ravello is 26 kilometers (45 minutes)
  • Pompeii is 37 kilometers (1 hour)
  • Naples is 60 kilometers (1.5 hours)
  • Rome is 275 kilometers (3.5 hours)


Il Saraceno has a large circular panoramic rooftop terrace with one of the best views in Positano. Underneath is the main room with a king-size bed (covered by mosquito netting), sitting area, and a large fireplace. There is also an air-conditioning in this area. Two windows overlook Positano and the coast south toward Ravello. There is a table, hot plate, and a small refrigerator for breakfast preparation. Below the main room, down a spiral staircase, is a spacious bathroom of Oriental flavor. There is satellite TV and a telephone.


A few steps away from Il Saraceno is an annex with a second full bathroom, fitted kitchen and a sitting room with a trundle bed which is most comfortable for children or teenagers. The annex has a telephone and air-conditioning.


Outside the annex is a garden terrace with room for a leisurely lunch or dinner at a wrought iron table for four. Adjoining the terrace is a large solarium where guests may sit, sunbathe, and enjoy the afternoon or the starry night sky. It is equipped with two lounge chairs and an outside shower.

  • Telephone: according to consumption
  • Electric heating: Euro 50 per week
  • Additional cleaning and personal laundry at Euro 15 per hour (minimum of two hours)
  • An advanced food shopping is available, upon request, with a delivery fee of Euro 25.00 + grocery receipt to be settled in cash upon arrival.
  • Babysitting Euro 20 per hour; please inquire upon booking.
  • Luggage carrying service, please inquire upon booking
  • Tourism tax of Euro 1,50 per person per day to be paid in cash at arrival, along with security deposit
  • Refundable security deposit: Euro 200 to be paid upon arrival and refunded upon departure less any unpaid expenses

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About Positano

"Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone". John Steinbeck. Built around a small curving bay on a steep hill overlooking the Li Galli islands, Positano is located in the heart of the Costiera Amalfitana. Once a sleepy fishing village, Positano is one of the most picturesque towns on the Amalfi coast. The typical Moorish style houses are lined up along the slopes facing the sea. Steep steps, narrow lanes, courtyards and gardens create this magical village.
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