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Secret pools outside accent interiors designed by Zeffirelli friend, set designer of stage and screen, Renzo Mongiardino

Romantic ‘I do’s’ at Franco Zeffirelli’s Villa Treville

Home of Russian writer Mikhail Semenov and later, sanctuary to Hollywood heavy-hitter Franco Zeffirelli––you will wish the walls could talk at Villa Treville.

Positano, Italy

Legendary literary luxury, if only the walls could talk

Home of Russian writer Mikhail Semenov and later, sanctuary to Hollywood heavy-hitter Franco Zeffirelli––you will wish the walls could talk at Villa Treville. But they’d roar instead, with tales of the 1920’s most popular international dancers, singers, musicians, painters and intellectuals who all held court here on this meticulously renovated estate.

Under Zeffirelli’s direction, with stunning views of the Mediterranean this romantic gem of Positano expanded to include terraced gardens and secret pools. Good friend and set designer of stage and screen, Renzo Mongiardino collaborated with Zeffirelli resulting in dramatic, exquisitely designed interior spaces. Architect Fausta Gaetani, one of Mr Zeffirelli’s friends and a regular guest here, has kept a modern meticulous eye on the estate’s conversion into a boutique hotel.

Secluded, terraced private gardens of Salone Bianca
Secluded, terraced private gardens of Salone Bianca

Celebrating local artisans and craftsman, the villa nods to Italy’s romantic heritage with features like Neapolitan furniture, Murano glass and Vietri tiles. Perfect for the recluse and glitterati who relish the picturesque and peaceful, with a dash of the legendary––the dream setting provides a breathtaking way to host your exclusive ‘I do’ or special family occasion.

Welcome to five extraordinary villas to call home, with views of Positano and gardens brimming with heavy Bougainvillea blooms on secluded terraces. All villas offer light, bright interiors with accents from the ornate to the modern and include fireplaces as well as breathtaking outdoor terraces.

Perfect for the recluse or glitterati Villa Treville’s stunning panorama of the blue waters of Positano
Perfect for the recluse or glitterati Villa Treville’s stunning panorama of the blue waters of Positano

Enjoy the best of Italian haute cuisine where every day brings new exciting offerings at Maestro’s, set underneath the open terrace of Villa Azzurra with forever views of Positano and the sea; in the winter months enjoy eating in Zeffierelli’s old drawing room, where he entertained his friends. Daily fresh catches take centre stage here as does fresh, seasonal seafood and aromatic herbs. A perfect stop to pause on your cruise up the Amalfi Coast, known for its cliffside natural beauty or simply enjoy touring Positano’s romantic sites.

Standing watch on a rocky promontory, the villa’s secret elevators and winding stairs find you descending to the private beach where your yacht readies to go underway and take you anywhere in the Mediterranean you care to go. villatreville.com/villa-treville ◼

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© This article was first published in Oct-Nov 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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