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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 of Positano to travelers. Il San Pietro was built on the promontory that Carlo had loved since he was a child, which gave the best view of the village and the coast. Originally just a mass of rocks, oak trees & the ruin of a small house, Carlo purchased the property from his brother in law in 1962 and the work began. Eight years later, Il San Pietro opened to guests on June 29th, 1970. Carlino would constantly chat with his guests, and put great care into each detail of his hotel, like furnishing the rooms with plants and flowers, to merge his Eden with the original landscape. Smart and iconic, always wearing his signature straw hat in perfect 70’s style, Carlino developed an innovative role, as an eclectic proprietor throwing big parties for his VIP 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, and becoming the favorite get away 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: new services are added & renovations are made annually. In 2002 the Zass restaurant received a Michelin star. In the same year, the Spa, transformed from a former farming shelter, opened its doors in a beautiful setting of olive, lemon and rose trees. In 2008 the restaurant Carlino was opened, with an al fresco terrace by the sea. In 2016 a new state-of-the art kitchen was built & awarded for being the most environmentally friendly in the world.

Positano

Among the towns along the Amalfi coast, Positano is considered to be "the pearl". Fabled to have been 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. Although 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 beaches. The Spiaggia Grande (the Great Beach) & poetic Fornillo, which owes its name to the bread ovens used in Roman times, are famous.

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 of Positano to travelers. Il San Pietro was built on the promontory that Carlo had loved since he was a child, which gave the best view of the village and the coast. Originally just a mass of rocks, oak trees & the ruin of a small house, Carlo purchased the property from his brother in law in 1962 and the work began. Eight years later, Il San Pietro opened to guests on June 29th, 1970. Carlino would constantly chat with his guests, and put great care into each detail of his hotel, like furnishing the rooms with plants and flowers, to merge his Eden with the original landscape. Smart and iconic, always wearing his signature straw hat in perfect 70’s style, Carlino developed an innovative role, as an eclectic proprietor throwing big parties for his VIP 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, and becoming the favorite get away 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: new services are added & renovations are made annually. In 2002 the Zass restaurant received a Michelin star. In the same year, the Spa, transformed from a former farming shelter, opened its doors in a beautiful setting of olive, lemon and rose trees. In 2008 the restaurant Carlino was opened, with an al fresco terrace by the sea. In 2016 a new state-of-the art kitchen was built & awarded for being the most environmentally friendly in the world.

Positano

Among the towns along the Amalfi coast, Positano is considered to be "the pearl". Fabled to have been 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. Although 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 beaches. The Spiaggia Grande (the Great Beach) & poetic Fornillo, which owes its name to the bread ovens used in Roman times, are famous.