00_Escher_Houses_in_PositanoIl Divino Maniero is a building that dates back to the sixteenth century. The style is typical of the Amalfi Coast, as depicted by Escher in his 1937 lithograph Houses in Positano. It was built into a cliff and is made up of  several modular sections that are more or less quadrilateral in shape. Each block is topped by a cloister vault (typical for the area). This building differs from regular farmhouses because all the sections are connected by an internal staircase. The rooms on the ground floor were once working areas such as stalls, poultry-houses, barns, equipment storage, and a kitchen with an oven for baking, and the upstairs rooms were used as bedrooms. The thickness of the walls was notable at the time of construction and still is today. They are better than any modern method of protection from the rigors of winter and the heat during the summer months. The space enclosed by the sections (today the beautiful Terraza San Michele) functioned as an extension of the living area and was where rural life took place. The garden and the rain water collection tank rendered the house self-sufficient. 

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Il Divino Maniero is also unique because of its unusual fortification consisting of embrasures and a watch tower that, together with its tactical position with respect to the coast, rendered it unconquerable by invaders. The dwelling was abandoned for decades. The last families lived here in 1960, and in the years following, the house fell into ruin. The current owners, lovers of the Amalfi Coast, came across it by chance in 2006. Even though it was just a ruin, it was love at first sight. 

Today the owners, after nine years of work, are opening the doors of Il Divino Maniero – not only for picturesque holiday stays, but also for various magnificent guided tours of the Amalfi Coast.