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Our 007 collection campaign shoot featuring model and actor Justice Joslin was photographed at Villa TreVille by English photographer and film director Greg Williams.

ONE OF FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI’S BEST PIECES OF WORK—AND IT’S NOT AN OPERA

Villa Treville

Perched on the rocky cliffs of the Amalfi Coast with dramatic views over the Mediterranean, Villa TreVille offers the kind of cinematic glamour you would expect to see in a James Bond film. It’s not a far-fetched notion considering its past visitors include stars of the screen and stage Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier and Elizabeth Taylor. Whether they came for the breath-taking scenery or to sip locally-brewed limoncello with Franco Zeffirelli, Italy’s most celebrated opera and film director, the precedent has long been set for well-heeled guests seeking respite from daily life, Originally purchased in the 1920s by Russian writer Mikhail Semenov, Zeffirelli bought the property in the sixties and exercised his Midas touch, spending 35 years renovating his private estate to splendour. Adding gardens, terraces and hidden pools, it was a labour of love aided by his friend and frequent collaborator Lorenzo Mongiardino, during which they applied their professionally- honed attention to detail and theatrical style to the residence. Those seeking character will find it in abundance here, rippling through the charismatic staff and meticulously curated interiors, adding to the magic of Villa TreVille that goes deeper than the picture-perfect scenery of Positano and continues to draw the likes of Liza Minnelli and Elton John. The hotel dispels the usual 5-star formalities via its friendly mood of a family-run establishment, inviting guests to explore the kitchen at leisure where chefs prepare locally-caught fish, eggs from the villa's chickens and vegetables from the gardens. It's been known for guests to leave their rooms unlocked, such is the shared trust between the residents.

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17 UNIQUELY-DECORATED GUEST SUITES

The 17 uniquely-decorated guest suites within the four villas are named after previous owners, special guests or operatic works. There's Turandot, an opulent Oriental retreat with an intimate bedroom alcove clad in blue, green and gold fabric, and the suitably romantic Romeo & Giuletta with deep red velvet furnishings and a private terrace. Or there's Diaghilev, named after the eponymous Russian founder of Les Ballets Russes: nautically-themed, with a magnificent roll-top claw-footed bath and double sink where mirrors have been masterfully placed to ensure that even your morning shave is accompanied by sea views. Undeniably there's an allure about staying in the same suites that have accommodated such illustrious guests, as though remnants of their talents live within the walls to inspire the next Donald Downes or Maria Callas. For those nonplussed by fame and fortune, don't doubt Villa TreVille's ability to leave a lasting impression. Even the new owner, hotelier Giovanni Russo, was so enchanted by its charm when he bought the property in 2007 that he aimed to preserve its heritage and authenticity with the help of Zeffirelli's friend, architect Fausta Geatani, changing as little as possible. Zeffirelli's sprawling suite still contains his books and Syrian furniture. One of the most impressive updates is an enormous en-suite rain shower converted from a former bread oven, with original brick ceiling intact. To test out its acoustics with some shower singing, make a reservation for Bernstein. An Oriental-Mediterranean sanctuary complete with an adjoined living room and sun-dappled terrace, the American composer Leonard Bernstein composed the music for the film 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' here. Whichever suite you choose, you're guaranteed to get a taste of la dolce vita at Villa TreVille.

For more information or to book your stay, visit villatreville.com

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