Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. In the mid-1950s Positano became desirable as a holiday destination and, for a while, rivaled Capri as the playground for the rich and famous. No wonder Positano still attracts a glamorous clientele, it's home to some of Italy's finest hotels and world-class restaurants. Le Sirenuse opened in 1951, when four Neapolitan brothers, the Marchesi Aldo, Paolo, Anna and Franco Sersale turned their summer house in Positano into a charming hotel, overlooking the bay of Positano. Today the 58-room resort is considered one of Italy’s leading seaside luxury hotels, though it still retains the intimate, cultured atmosphere of a private home.