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La Posta Vecchia

La Posta Vecchia.

La Posta Vecchia.

Not wanting to lose the composure we had gained during our blissful stay at Le Sirenuse, we opted to spend our last night closer to the Rome airport rather than leave Positano in a pre-dawn frenzy. I’d always been curious to explore the hotel La Posta Vecchia and it’s located on the Tyrrenean sea just thirty minutes from the airport, so it promised to be an ideal and relaxed way to return home.

La Posta Vecchia was built in 1640 by Prince Orsini above the ruins of two imperial Roman villas, and was used for centuries as a resting point for esteemed guests en route to Rome. Unfortunately by the year 1918 it had fallen into a state of disrepair. Thankfully in 1960 Jean Paul Getty acquired the property from Prince Odescalchi. Getty embarked on a massive renovation and restoration of this spectacular seaside palazzo, engaging the services of Frederico Zeri, the highly regarded curator of The Getty Museum to decorate it with the best 17th century furniture, paintings, and tapestries. While digging to build a pool, they unearthed the aforementioned Roman ruins and further construction had to be stopped. Getty, still wanting a pool, decided to install one indoors, and subsequently found the remains of an even more spectacular villa. – And so by happenstance, La Posta Vecchia had become a veritable private Pompei with priceless mosaics and ancient architectural details.

Happily the present owner acquired the property with much of the Getty contents still in place (although the phone booth Getty required his guests to use is no longer a feature), and I heartily enjoyed playing the modern day tycoon as we strolled the extensive gardens and supped on the seaside terrace at the restaurant Cesar. As an added and unexpected pleasure we had been upgraded to the very palatial “Castello” suite – a remarkable corner room with four windows facing the sea.

Getty once described this place as a “serene and heavenly home,” and I’m glad to say that a stay at La Posta Vecchia still offers these very same qualities.

I’m pictured (top) in our super chic Castello suite wearing the palest pink cotton safari shirt and python belt both by Gucci, shorts by Our Legacy 1980-81 in hemp, cotton, and silk, ivory suede loafers by Tom Ford, sunglasses by Gucci, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and bringing a bit of Le Sirenuse along with me, my fragrance is Paestum Rose.

19 Comments

  1. D POSITANO says:

    gorgeous.

  2. Jemimagold says:

    Creed has been forsaken in favor of the Eau d’Italie line from Le Sirenuse? Hmmm…

  3. Matt says:

    Hi James,

    So cool. I have always wanted to stay there.
    Tell me how it was. Is it worth for a short (2-3 days) or long stay (5 days to a week)?

    Cheers Matt

  4. What a breathtaking, and very Italian room. I am admiring those crisp, yellow cotton slipcovers on the sofa and chairs…how summery, fresh, and unpretentious. The room reminds of the Rome apartment of Signora Stone, in “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” with Vivien Leigh.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y5uJxZp-cE&feature=related

    The room has great proportions, quality, and architecture so it doesn’t need decorator nonsense like elaborate, fussy “window treatments.” That type of grand, Baroque and gilt furniture is so suited to such old, large rooms. The room looks like it grew out of the individual selections of generations of a family with taste.

    You must be having a great time, and I’ll bet the food is unforgettable…even the pistachio gelato from a street vendor.

  5. And I wanted to mention…the useful indoor and outdoor shutters at the windows. More than ever in these times of environmental and energy concerns, they are so wonderful to preserve the cool in summer and warmth in winter. Also excellent for home security. Nothing looks more charming on the exterior of a home than authentic, functioning shutters that are the correct proportion to actually cover the window. How often have you seen a typical American suburban home with a living room picture window flanked by mean, tiny shutters that wouldn’t even cover 10% of the total surface?

    How long will it take North Americans to clue in to this simple feature that has been used for centuries in so many European homes from the poorest to the grandest?

  6. James Andrew says:

    Hello Jemimagold,

    Creed fragrances remain my favorite!

    I was thrilled however to support my friends, the Sersales with their fab line of fragrances.

    Cheers

    James

  7. The aristocratic Ones says:

    We’ll definitely stay there next time…….

  8. Christian Fuchs says:

    James Darling, it looks very elegant, I want to stay there too in my next visit to Rome, so maybe I´ll meet the aristocratic ones there!

  9. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Ein Hotel mit Geschichte, das ist schön, ich mag Hotels die etwas erzählen können…….

    LG

    Christiane

  10. Dagmar von Schwarzenberg says:

    Wunderbar James, Du suchst Dir die besten Hotels aus! Ich mag die Möbel sehr gerne, es ist Geschmacksvoll!

    Alles Liebe

    Dagmar

  11. Marcus says:

    Hi James looking fab as ever – thank you for the elegant posts –
    La Posta Vecchia, what bliss, I also stayed in “Castello” suite – molto elegante!

    When are you coming over to London? We need to see you in situ at the all the appropriate establishments

    Regards,

    Marcus

  12. Maria La Torre says:

    Me encanta la decoración, es maravillosa, y me gusta también que sea tan antiguo, debe tener una energía maravillosa.

    cariños,

    Maria

  13. Travis says:

    Great choice!

  14. Un posto fiabesco!
    I’ll have to stay there now the next time in italy.

  15. Jon says:

    Lovely place.

  16. DeanFarris says:

    Dear J,
    What a lovely room. You look so rested and happy. I really do enjoy reading your blog, and the pictures are absolutely amazing, since they literally glow on the screen… All my best to you and Scott as the Summer rolls along.

    Dean (Naples)

  17. James Andrew says:

    Hello Square with flare-

    I adored this film “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” and I am so grateful for all your fantastic feedback and input.

    Thank You!

    Cheers

    James

  18. jon says:

    smoking!!

  19. James Andrew says:

    Jon,

    Why thank you for visiting some of our older posts!

    Cheers

    JA

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