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Il San Pietro is the dream of Carlo Cinque, called "Carlino" by his friends, who created a jewel of Italian hospitality to express the enthusiasm for his land to travelers, in Positano.
Il San Pietro opened to guests on 29th June 1970, on that very promontory Carlo loved so much since he was a child, for the great view over the village and the coast.
Carlino would constantly chat to all his guests, putting great care in every detail of his hotel, like the plants and flowers he would let enter the rooms, to merge his eden with the original landscape.
Carlino was smart and iconic, always with his signature straw hat in perfect 70s style. He developed an innovative role, as the eclectic proprietor giving big parties for his VIP friends. He was a charismatic and important character in the history of Positano and a key figure in tourism for the élites.
Hospitality during the years
After his loss in 1984, his nephews Salvatore and Virginia took charge of the hotel management, improving its worldwide visibility, by joining the group of luxury hotels Relais&Chateaux, and its fame, becoming the nest of international stars such as 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 started managing Il San Pietro.
In 2002 the Zass restaurant received a Michelin star. In the same year, the Spa opened its doors, a former farming shelter in a beautiful setting of olive, lemon and rose trees.
In 2008 the new restaurant Carlino was opened, with an al fresco terrace by the sea.
Il San Pietro today
Il San Pietro today, with a staff of over 120 collaborators, is the largest enterprise in Positano. Its 59 rooms are hewn into the rock, each with their own perfectly private terrace and with a stunning view.