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Leading US travel and lifestyle magazine Departures has just published a feature written by Wendy Goodman on Villa degli Oleandri, Le Sirenuse owners Antonio and Carla Sersale’s family home in the centre of Positano’s photogenic old town.
With its two verdant terraces, each the size of the average living room in a compact seaside town where space is of the essence, this whitewashed refuge from the summer bustle benefits from natural air-conditioning as well as the more modern variety: an airlock between the villa and the hillside it’s built into keeps things dry and fresh even on the most humid days.
Utterly traditional in its structure of interlocking cubes crowned by cross-vaulted ceilings, the villa is given a touch of refinement thanks to the sapient workmanship of a team of local artisans, including local stucco-maestro Giovanni Russo.
In its décor, however, Villa degli Oleandri opts not to play safe, instead reflecting the Sersale family’s interest in Middle Eastern and Central and Southern Asian arts and crafts. To quote Departures: “We have a mix of Islamic art and tapestries, rugs, tribal textiles, ikats, and suzanis hanging from the walls,” Carla says, all of which make a nod to Antonio’s father, who spent time in Tehran. The disparate elements tell a story of a couple with a rich history of appreciation for both art and travel—located on the Amalfi Coast but with an expansive world and cultural view”.
Villa Oleandri is now available for short-term holiday rental: for details see the dedicated website www.villaoleandri.it