Villa Centro

Beautiful three bedroom property in the heart of Positano with a pool in the courtyard

Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna Villa 6

Villa Centro in Positano is located in the centre of the town of Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast famous summer retreat of celebrities and prominent people from all over the world.

The villa, during the nineteenth century, was owned by the famous painter Francis Lord Mancini (Naples 1830-1905), one of the leading painters of the 'nineteenth-century in Naples. Recently the house has been renovated by a local designer, with a touch of sophistication and a modern Italian Style, yet sober, with the idea of finding a balance between comfort and class, modern and classic. Amazing is the mix of the dominating white colour, mixed with ceiling vaults and large windows facing on the blue sea and the view of Fornillo beach!

There are two entrances, one near the stairs of Via Pasitea, the other lower down near the old church of St. John, restored in 1850, now open only on June 24, a day dedicated to San Giovanni.

Outside (350 sq. m.) the house, however, in the old courtyard where once there was the garden of the house, there is now an elegant infinity pool made of marble with a spectacular play of light in the evening.

The villa (219 sq. m.) keeps the original shape as a huge "L" around the wonderful pool. The house is built on two levels. The ground floor is divided into three major areas: the modern and fully equipped kitchen, a spacious lounge-bar-dining room with a long marble table with fridge and bar and sunny conservatory where you can relax reading a book or chilling a glass of wine. The "big L" surrounds the pool, that is reflected on the big french windows of the ground floor. On the ground floor you can find also the "winter garden": now it is a beautiful living area with white sofas and a terrific view a 180 degree view of the town, the beach, the coast, the garden and the pool. Beyond this room there is the kitchen garden with all the seasonal fruits and a garden with bouganvillea and lemon trees. Upstairs is the "night area" with three bedrooms: a double master bedroom with a large bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate walk-in closet, large terrace and stunning views on the beach "Fornillo". The terrace is equipped with chairs and and a talbe. The second room, adjacent to the master has also access to the terrace. It has an elegant en suite bath done in marble. The third room was the old studio of the famous painter, that now has been converted in a double bedroom with turkish bath, a bathroom and access to a terrace.

3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms  


As this area is comprised of steep cliffs, there are very few private pools especially in downtown, making Villa Pasitea outdoor swimming pool all the more special. An excellent local chef service is available on request. A gardener tends to the garden and pool area twice weekly. Additional amenities include: air conditioning, central heating, dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, satellite TV, telephone and fax machine, ADSL Wi-Fi internet connection, microwave, DVD player, CD player, a turkish bath is located in a one of bedroom. A well equipped gym facing on the sea will be arranged outside under a gazebo. High chair, crib and babysitter are available upon request. The pool can be heated on request.

  • 3 Bedrooms with terrace overlooking the sea (from 45 sq.m. to 32)
  • 3 Bathrooms (1 Jacuzzi, 1 bath, 2 showers)
  • Bar lounge equipped
  • Garden with citrus
  • Swimming pool (heated on request) with Jacuzzi
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, microwave
  • Laundry (washer-dryer)
  • Winter Garden
  • Hamman
  • Gym in the garden
  • Air Conditioning / Heating
  • 4 Satellite LCD TV, DVD player, stereo with CD player
  • Wi-fi internet connection, Nintendo-Wii
  • Linen (a change every two days) and porteur service included
  • Cook and maid service on request
  • Parking with fee

ADSL Wi-Fi Internet
Air Conditioning
City Views
DVD Player
Heated Pool
Ocean Views
Satellite TV
Swimming Pool
Washing machine



Concierge service, daily maid 5 hours per day (8:00 am - 1:00 pm), electricity, change of linen on Saturday, change of towels on Saturday and midweek, final cleaning on Saturday, heating, air conditioning, internet connection.

Not included

extra maid service 15 Euro per hour, cooking service 200 Euro per service plus the cost of the food, pool heating 80 Euro per day.


Property Type
Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna
Special Selection
  • Our Favorites
  • Outdoor pool
  • Within walking distance of a village


Refundable security deposit: 1000 Euro


Positano pedestrian area 700 mt (5 minutes by foot). An ideal location for exploring the Amalfi Coast, buses can be caught on the main coastal road to Amalfi (15 km), Ravello (21 km) and Sorrento (20 km). Capri can be reached by boat from Positano or Sorrento (30-40 minutes). Either Pompei (30 km) or the Naples Capodichino airport (60 km) can be reached in 1 hour and the Rome Fiumicino airport (300 km) in 4 hours.

Recommended Local Restaurants

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.


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2017 Prices from $6,500

2018 Prices on Request



"Gorgeous villa with modern decor in great location”

“We spent a week with kids aged 11, 13, 14, 16 and grandmother. The property is beautiful with a terrace garden and pool. The house is spotless. It is located on a hill between Grande Spiaggia (to the left) and Spiaggia del Fornillo (to the right). About 15 minute walk into the shopping area of Positano and 20 minutes walk to the Grande Spiaggia. Great restaurants at the base of the stairs of Via Giovanni (the small vertical (stairs) street that the villa is off of). Valentina (the housemaid) comes daily other than Sunday and will help you grocery shop, make reservations, etc, and her mother is a fabulous cook and can be hired to cook for you. The rooms are large. Note that none of the beds are king sized - more like queen or doubles, and they only allow one additional cot. The kitchen is well equipped. The view is breathtaking from the garden terrace and upper deck. The family room furniture is not great for lounging, as it does not fit 6 people comfortably and there are no ottomans (really for sitting upright only), but we made due by moving chairs from the bar area so we could all watch the World Cup games together. It was expensive for a three bedroom, but there is not much like it available at this price. Overall, we all LOVED our week in Positano at this villa and hope to be back in a couple of years.”

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