Villa Cardinale

Unbelievable, ultra luxury, fully staffed baroque villa in Positano. Sleeps 9 people.

Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna Villa 9

Villa Cardinale is a fantastic, elegant baroque villa, set in a lovely garden oasis, just up the hill from Positano and the sea

Villa Cardinale dates back to 1700 and is one of the most elegant examples of Italian baroque: the ceilings on the “piano nobile” or main floor are sumptuously decorated and the stuccoes, typical of the period, are of the highest quality. During the first half of the 20th century the villa hosted some very famous European intellectuals and artists who were attracted by the charm of Positano and the mild climate that characterizes the bay. Today, Villa Cardinale has established itself in a select class of super-luxury villas in Italy, attracting celebrities, business leaders and aristocrats from across North America and Europe, as well as families and groups of friends who can appreciate the exceptional experience this home offers its guests.

The recent renovation work has restored the villa to its ancient splendor, transforming it into a prestigious holiday residence of the highest quality. A painstaking seven year restoration combines ultra-luxury accommodation with the highest possible standard for art and objects d'art of significant cultural interest. The atmosphere and charm of this villa make it truly unique. It has all modern conveniences: Wi-Fi internet and air conditioning, spa with Turkish bath, sauna and a beautiful indoor swimming pool (8 x 3m). The spa is connected to the outdoor terrace which also has an ornamental-style whirlpool bathtub. There is an excellent chef service available to guests staying at the villa

The villa is in the town of Positano where all the shops and restaurants are just a short walk away. It is not necessary to have a car, however, a parking space can be booked at an extra cost.

This property is a wonderful year round destination, and should be considered anytime of year.

5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms 500 m2/5400 sq ft.



  • Gate from village stairs opens to upper garden with expansive views of the village and sea; benches shaded by fruit trees, intimate round pergola with cushions for relaxing seats 6-8, lower terrace with table and cushions designed for those wanting respite from the sun.
  • Narrow front terrace opens from Upper Level bedrooms and central staircase
  • Primary terrace with gracious sitting area for 12 and separate dining table for 12 under awning, original well remains
  • Private spa terrace with combination fountain/ hydro massage pool, cushioned sun beds, door to village stairs.


  • Double bedroom (queen) with TV ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Double bedroom (queen) with TV ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Full bath (shower stall)
  • Laundry room
  • Direct access to upper garden and gate to village steps


  • Master bedroom suite (queen) with sitting area for four, TV, opens to private balcony and shared terrace; ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Master bedroom suite (queen) with sitting area for four, TV, opens to shared terrace; ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Single bedroom (twin) with private bath (shower stall)
  • Central hall with double staircase


  • Central entrance hall with double staircase
  • Formal dining room with seating for 8 -12, separate den area with seating for six, desk with computer and DSL line for guests' use, double doors to front terrace
  • Casual dining room open to professional kitchen (8 gas burners, grill, oven, double size fridge, washing machine, microwave, dishwasher) with fireplace and two traditional fornos for cooking with wood


  • Waterfall from wall into hydro-massage heated pool lined with antique tiles (8 x 3.5 meters; stairs and shelves for sitting 2.4 meters in depth, max. temperature 40 degrees C)
  • Turkish steam bath
  • Sauna
  • Three distinct showers for cold, tepid and hot water
  • Sitting area for eight with plasma TV, Satellite, sound system, fridge with cold drinks
  • Massage area
  • Private chapel


  • Housekeeping included
  • Welcome Dinner included
  • Cooking services for continental breakfast, lunch and dinner included 7 days/week (food cost is extra)
  • Bed and bath linens changed daily.
  • Additional staff hours available on request with separate charge.
  • Heat, electricity and air conditioning are included.
  • Safety boxes included in all rooms.
  • Complimentary WiFi provided. Please note there may not be consistent coverage throughout the property. Please discuss your particular connectivity needs before booking.
  • Use of the spa facilities is expressly at the guests' own risk. Professional masseur available on request.
  • There are 229 steps to Villa Cardinale from the roadway, depending on which path you take. A carrying chair can be arranged on request. This property is not higly suitable for the mobility impaired.
  • Can be rented along with the beautiful Palazzo Antica (also on our site), next door, which can sleep an additioanl 20 people all ensuite, or 24 if two families wish to share. These two propertes can also be combinable (also on our site), next door with Casa di Bellezza for another 12 guests all ensuite a total of 41 guests. Perfect for wedding parties, conferences, groups wishing to be near each other.
Property Type
Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna
Special Selection
  • Best Value Property
  • Deluxe World Class Property
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  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Within walking distance of a village
  • Historic Property

Second Floor


Staff of 3 Cjef, Butler, and housekeeper) for 8 hours a day. Gardener for 4 hours a day. Kitchen service included (food NOT included). Cleaning during the week 8 hours a day, 6 days per week. Daily change of bed linen and bath towels. Porter service for luggage during check-in and check-out available from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Pool cleaning


Upon arrival it will be necessary to pay 2,000 Euros in cash for supplies (food and drinks and any extra services requested). This amount will have to be supplemented during the stay if it is not sufficient. Extra hours of cleaning service provided by villa staff on request: 35 Euros per hour for each person providing the service. – Extra services to be requested in advance: babysitter, boat hire. The cost of these services will be notified when the request is made. –Car parking: 35 Euros per day per car with valet service– Telephone: according to consumption. Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival: 2,000


Center of Positano: 1/2 km., Beach: .8 km., Sorrento: 30 minutes, Sorrento: 30 minutes, Capri: 30-40 minutes by boat, Ravello, Amalfi, Naples (airport), Pompeii: 1 hour

Recommended Local Restaurants

There are just so many delightful palces to eat arounfd Positano. These are some of our favorites.

In Positano

La Sponda via Colombo 30 Tel. 39089875066 One star Michelin dining in a ultra romatic setting in the Le Serenuse Hotel, or on their terrace. After a spell at the famous Two Michelin Don Alfonso 1890, chef Matteo is now making use of his experience and culinary skills at the La Sponda restaurant. He has created a menu of simple dishes made from the best local produce and inspired by Neapolitan traditions. Candlelit dinners and Mediterranean flavors. Expensive.

Zass via Laurito 2 Tel. 39089875455 Another gorgeous restaurant, this time at the San Pietro Hotel, featuring the cuisine of Campania, one of the most appealing Italian cuisines. It has a creative touch and exploits the full intensity of its colors and flavors. A dream come true thanks to the terrace overlooking the sea. Michelin One Star. Expensive.

Next2 via Pasitea 242 Tel. 390898123516 This sleek wine-bar and restaurant may look contemporary, but the food is firmly rooted in local traditions. It is highly recommended for its attractive outdoor terrace, open-view kitchen, wine bar and informal atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in fish and seafood and is also perfect for an after-dinner drink. Sometimes they have live music. Moderate

Chez Black Via del Brigantino 19-21 Tel. 089/875036 Of the many places along the main beach in downtown Positano, this one is the best. It has been here since the late 1940’s. A great place to people watch, and the service is friendly and good. Good selection of seafood. Moderate prices.

Da Tommaso allo Scoglia Piazza delle Sirene 15, Marina di Cantone Tel. 081 808 1026; Hire a boat from Positano to reach this beachside restaurant where the emphasis is on seafood and fresh vegetables (from the De Simone family's garden). The summer dining room, a wooden deck over the sea, is a wonderful place to tuck into spaghetti alle zucchini. Catch of the day poached all'acqua pazza (in a tomato-and-herb flavored stock) makes a good secondo, and for desert you could try the amarene tart (with cherries). Moderate

Ristorante Casa Mele Via G. Marconi, 76 Tel. 089 811364 Great food, service and decor. Cooking classes are also offered, even private ones with chef Raffaele, in his modern kitchen. Moderate prices.

Lo Guarracino Via Positanesi d'America 12 Tel. 089-875794In a supremely romantic setting, this is about the most idyllic place to enjoy lemon pasta and a glass of vino as you watch the yachts come and go. Set a few steps above Positano's prettiest seaside path, the terrace vista takes in the cliffs, the sea, Li Galli islands, Spiaggia del Fornillo, and Torre Clavel. The super-charming backroom arbor, beneath thick, twining vines, is the place to sit. Fine fish specialties are top delights on the menu. The day's catch is often cooked, with potatoes, in the wood-fired pizza oven, which gives it a distinct flavor.

La Tagliata Via Tagliata 22, Montepertuso Tel. 089/87-5872 When in Positano, most travelers try to stay as close to the water as possible, but one of the best restaurants in town is La Tagliata, a rustic, indoor-outdoor mountain lodge set in the high village of Montepertuso, 1 km above Positano town. (Don't worry, there are still amazing views of the sea.) In a warm atmosphere where you're made to feel like family, La Tagliata offers generous portions and lots of courses of farm-to-table cuisine for a reasonable fixed price, which includes wine. The most sought-after tables are in the treehouse-like open-air terrace perched over the plunging hillside, though in cooler weather, the farmhouse-style interior dining room is a cozy alternative. Given its practically alpine setting, La Tagliata is less seafood-focused than its waterside brethren, which is a welcome break for the fish-weary. Expect hearty fare from the local terra, including handmade pastas (try the fusilli with pumpkin) and sausages, grilled meats and game, and classic southern Italian comfort fare such as eggplant parmigiana. Much of the produce is grown right in the property's own gardens and orchards. With breathtaking views that take in a huge sweep of the coastline as well as Positano itself, this is an idyllic, panoramic spot, one that's best appreciated when there's daylight, so I'd recommend going to La Tagliata for lunch or an early dinner, before the sun sets. The restaurant offers a free shuttle from Positano town. You can arrange a pick-up time and location when you call to make reservations, which are highly advised.

Ristoranre Il Ritrovo Via Montepertuso 77, Montepertuso Tel. 089-812005 Sitting in the tiny town square of Montepertuso, 1,500 feet up the mountainside from Positano, the Ritrovo has been noted for its cucina for more than 20 years. Call for the free shuttle service to and from Positano, and take a seat on the terrace's frescoed wood-paneled dining area. The menu showcases food from both the sea and the hills—try the scialatielli ai frutti di mare (seafood pasta) accompanied by well-grilled vegetables, or the house specialty, zuppa saracena, a paella-like affair brimming with assorted seafood. Leave space for the lemon tiramisu, owner Salvatore's own recipe, paired with one of 80 different kinds of a homemade liqueur (try the carob or even chamomile). Salvatore also runs a cooking school, at which you can learn to whip up his creations at home. There is also a cooking school here, offering classes through out the year. Moderate prices.

Beach Club Bar/Restaurants

Da Adolfo Spiaggia di Laurito Tel. 089 875022; No trip to Positano is complete without a meal at a restaurant that can be reached only by boat. Such places abound up and down the coast, and they all offer free water shuttles from the marina in Positano. The most fun one is Da Adolfo, a super-casual spot that doubles as a stabilimento balneare (beach club, meaning it provides lounge chairs, umbrellas, and changing facilities for a fee), so plan to make a half-day excursion of it, with swimming and sunning on either end of your meal. Da Adolfo spirits guests from Positano in a boat marked with a red fish. In high season, this part of the experience is a zoo. Don't worry, though—everyone gets a ride eventually, and after a 10-minute ride, you're deposited on the pebbly beach of Laurito and in front of a ramshackle building that can't possibly be the restaurant. Except that it is. Da Adolfo is a shack, an often chaotic one, in which the busy, efficient waiters wear flip-flops and swim trunks as they navigate the stairs from the kitchen to the dining area, and if that sounds off-putting, eat elsewhere. However, Da Adolfo's fans find incredible charm in the fun, relaxed atmosphere here—which, along with a glorious waterfront setting, makes for a theatrically memorable lunch. (It doesn't serve dinner.) The cuisine is lovingly executed homestyle Neapolitan—fabulous mussels prepared three ways, heaping pastas made with the catch of the day, perfect grilled fish, and fresh veggies, all washed down with copious amounts of the local white sangria with peaches. Despite the somewhat run-down look of the place, Da Adolfo has a cult following, and many patrons arrive on their own yachts. If you don't plan on arriving by private yacht, reservations are highly advised for the smoothest, most confusion-free experience. Be at the dock in Positano a good half hour before your reservation time, and be ready to jab elbows with the masses. You can also go much earlier—the boats start at 10am—and lounge on the beach before the kitchen opens. Inexpensive

Outside of Positano, but worth the trip

Torre del Saracino via Torretta 9, 80069 MARINA EQUA Tel. 39 0818028555

At 6.5 kms from Positano, this restaurant is a bit hard to find, but oh is it worth it. In our opinion, probably the best restaurant on the Amalfi Coast at thr present time. Always at the forefront of culinary trends, Chef Esposito's dishes are an explosion of creativity that have inspired and influenced the whole concept of Mediterranean cuisine. The elegant dining room is modern and minimalist, but the jewel in the crown is the tower with just a few tables and a sea view (it is best to book) - perfect for a relaxing digestif. The safood ravioli, which is not strictly not ravioli at all because it has no pasta, is a medley of sea morsels wrapped up in a a shell of swordfish, and it is out of this world, probably one of the best individual dishes we have tasted in the last couple years. Expensive

Don Alfonso 1890 corso Sant'Agata 11, 80064 SANT'AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI Tel. 39 0818780026

At 9.8 miles from Positano, another Michelin Two Star establishment, has served what some believe is the best food in Southern Italy for many years. Gourmet dishes from the Campania region are made from excellent produce and served with generous hospitality in a dining room decorated with Vietri ceramics. Don't miss the impressive wine cellars. They are pre-Roman! They also have a cooking school with classes daily in the summer. Classes can be purchased by the day. Rarely can an amateur learn to cook in a Michelin Two Star kitchen! Expensive

Relais Blu Via Roncato 60, 80061 Termini 39 0818789552

We first tried this One Michelin Star establishment, 13 kms from Positano, just this last May and were so impressed by the food and the value offered, we ate their twice more. This delightful restaurant has a beautiful terrace where guests can dine in summer and enjoy jaw dropping views of Capri. The modern cuisine is imaginative, colourful, generously portioned and full of flavor. Herbs from the restaurant's own garden are used, as well as produce from the local region. Very Reasonably priced for the quality, a rare find on the Amalfi Coast.

And now, beautiful Ravello. This delightful town, with the best views on the coast has two really fine restaurants, Il Flauto di Pan and Rossellinis. Both have wonderful food and views with atmosphere galore. It is reallydifficult to choose between them. The only problem is that neither is open for lunch.




All year



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2021 Rates

Apr 10 - Apr 30 $17,270 Weekly

Oct 30 - Dec 23 $17,270 Weekly

Apr 03 - Apr 09 $18,859 Weekly

May 01 - May 28 $18,859 Weekly

Oct 02 - Oct 29 $18,859 Weekly

Dec 24 - Dec 31 $18,859 Weekly

May 29 - Oct 01 $21,226 Weekly


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