REVIEW

La Rosa dei Venti

Each of the six rooms comes with a small terrace, decorated with flowers.

By Reid Bramblett, Tuesday, Jul 18, 2006, 3:33 PM

La Rosa dei Venti

About this Hotel

Price From $130

Positano long ago traded its fishing village ambience for the role of chic jet-setter resort. But sleepy old Positano still exists, just around the headland.

A five-minute walk on a narrow path carved into the cliff leads to the secluded beach at Fornillo, a quiet neighborhood in a steep valley. Halfway up Fornillo's sole, stair-stepped street lies La Rosa dei Venti.

Each of the six rooms comes with a small terrace, decorated with flowers, that offers a view of the beach, mountains, turquoise waters dotted with anchored ships, and a medieval tower built as a lookout against Saracen pirates.

Tramontana is the most elegant room, with a gold brocade bedspread, antique writing desk, a nonworking brick fireplace, patterned ceramic floor tiles, and floor-to-ceiling drapes.

The two rooms that have kitchenettes, Libeccio and Scirocco, cost $25 more than a regular double.

Rather than closing in winter like many area inns, the B&B just drops its prices by $65 from October through May (excluding Easter).