Photo courtesy of Palazzo Murat
Entrenched in garden-filled grounds rife with lush blooms and fragrant jasmine and citrus trees, the Palazzo Murat manages to feel private and secluded from the crowds despite its central location in Positano’s pedestrian zone. Once home to King of Naples Gioacchino Murat (and Napoleon’s brother-in-law), the 18th-century palazzo drips with bright bougainvillea, while its elegant white-walled interiors feel like a private home, furnished with antiques, oil paintings, and pretty decorative-tile floors. The pool is especially delightful, flanked by a lawn studded with chic sunbeds and bordered by a storybook backdrop of Positano’s pastel-hued homes stacked higgledy-piggledy across the hillside. Also set in the gardens is the charming Al Palazzo restaurant, which culls ingredients from its vegetable garden and twinkles with candlelight at night. As for the guest rooms, soothing white hues are accented by pops of blues or citrusy yellows and furnished with antique pieces, while French doors open onto lovely balconies with views of the gardens, town, or the sea.
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Via dei Mulini, 23, 84017 Positano SA, Italy