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Carlino

"It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard & inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free & sensual curve - the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the body of a beloved woman, in the clouds in the sky & the waves of the sea. The universe is made of curves." It was following this ethos that Carlo Cinque - known to his friends as "Carlino", created a jewel of Italian hospitality to express his love for his land and Positano to travelers. Il San Pietro was built on the promontory that Carlo had loved since he was a child and that gave the best views of the village and the coast. Originally just a mass of rocks, oak trees & the ruin of a small house near the chapel, Carlo purchased the property from his brother in law in 1962 and the work began. He put great care into each detail of the hotel, furnishing the rooms with plants and flowers to merge his Eden with the original landscape. Eight years later, Il San Pietro opened to its first guests on June 29th, 1970. Smart and iconic, always donning his signature straw hat in perfect 70’s style, Carlino developed an innovative role, as an eclectic proprietor throwing big parties for VIPs, guests and friends. He was a charismatic and important character in the history of Positano and a key figure in elite tourism.

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After Carlo's passing in 1984, his niece and nephew, Salvatore and Virginia, took charge of the hotel management, improving its worldwide visibility and fame by joining the group of luxury hotels Relais&Chateaux. Il San Pietro became the favorite getaway spot for international stars like Gregory Peck, the Rockefellers, Peter O'Toole, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, François Mitterand, Dustin Hoffman and the King of Jordan. When Salvatore passed away, Virginia and her sons Carlo and Vito Cinque, took over management of Il San Pietro. Under the brothers' administration, the hotel has continued to evolve with new services being added & renovations made annually. In 2002, the Zass restaurant received a Michelin star. That same year, the Spa opened its doors. Transformed from a former gardening shed, the wellness center is situated under the balmy shade of a lemon orchard, surrounded by roses. In 2008, the Carlino restaurant, named after the hotel founder, opened for informal lunches on an alfresco terrace by the sea. When a new state-of-the-art kitchen was built in 2016, it was awarded the most environmentally friendly in the world and the no.1 technologically advanced kitchen in Europe.

Positano

Among the towns along the Amalfi coast, Positano is considered to be "the pearl". Fabled to be founded by the god Poseidon, artifacts have been found dating human habitation to the Paleolithic era. In Roman & medieval times, Positano was an important port town of the Amalfi republic. Still a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century, it began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s & 60s, becoming a hub for artists, musicians & film stars. In addition to its artistic & architectural wealth, history, traditional festivals, hotels & boutiques, the town boasts a wealth of enviable beach front, with the Spiaggia Grande (the Great Beach) & poetic Fornillo, that owes its name to the bread ovens used in Roman times.

Carlino

"It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard & inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free & sensual curve - the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the body of a beloved woman, in the clouds in the sky & the waves of the sea. The universe is made of curves." It was following this ethos that Carlo Cinque - known to his friends as "Carlino", created a jewel of Italian hospitality to express his love for his land and Positano to travelers. Il San Pietro was built on the promontory that Carlo had loved since he was a child and that gave the best views of the village and the coast. Originally just a mass of rocks, oak trees & the ruin of a small house near the chapel, Carlo purchased the property from his brother in law in 1962 and the work began. He put great care into each detail of the hotel, furnishing the rooms with plants and flowers to merge his Eden with the original landscape. Eight years later, Il San Pietro opened to its first guests on June 29th, 1970. Smart and iconic, always donning his signature straw hat in perfect 70’s style, Carlino developed an innovative role, as an eclectic proprietor throwing big parties for VIPs, guests and friends. He was a charismatic and important character in the history of Positano and a key figure in elite tourism.

Meet the family

After Carlo's passing in 1984, his niece and nephew, Salvatore and Virginia, took charge of the hotel management, improving its worldwide visibility and fame by joining the group of luxury hotels Relais&Chateaux. Il San Pietro became the favorite getaway spot for international stars like Gregory Peck, the Rockefellers, Peter O'Toole, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, François Mitterand, Dustin Hoffman and the King of Jordan. When Salvatore passed away, Virginia and her sons Carlo and Vito Cinque, took over management of Il San Pietro. Under the brothers' administration, the hotel has continued to evolve with new services being added & renovations made annually. In 2002, the Zass restaurant received a Michelin star. That same year, the Spa opened its doors. Transformed from a former gardening shed, the wellness center is situated under the balmy shade of a lemon orchard, surrounded by roses. In 2008, the Carlino restaurant, named after the hotel founder, opened for informal lunches on an alfresco terrace by the sea. When a new state-of-the-art kitchen was built in 2016, it was awarded the most environmentally friendly in the world and the no.1 technologically advanced kitchen in Europe.

Positano

Among the towns along the Amalfi coast, Positano is considered to be "the pearl". Fabled to be founded by the god Poseidon, artifacts have been found dating human habitation to the Paleolithic era. In Roman & medieval times, Positano was an important port town of the Amalfi republic. Still a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century, it began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s & 60s, becoming a hub for artists, musicians & film stars. In addition to its artistic & architectural wealth, history, traditional festivals, hotels & boutiques, the town boasts a wealth of enviable beach front, with the Spiaggia Grande (the Great Beach) & poetic Fornillo, that owes its name to the bread ovens used in Roman times.