Aldo Capilongo: mind and heart of Hotel Le Agavi

6 Marzo 2018

The 5-star Hotel Le Agavi, in Positano, has a unique physiognomy, as unique – and visionary – is the personality which conceived it.  The history of our structure is bound to the inspiration, and the life, of the lawyer Aldo Capilongo, builder and gentleman from Naples. But, above all, incurable dreamer.

Aldo Capilongo was already sculpting with the thought, where there was the steep and wild mountain, a paradise connecting the sea and the sky. When, in 1966, the lawyer told his family about the instinctive purchase of thirty thousand square meters in the area of Positano, the general reaction was scepticism, also from his wife Maria Rosaria. However, it seemed so unexpected that such a smart builder, with a renowned business sense, had lost his magical nose. This was not the case, in effect: Aldo Capilongo had everything clear in his brilliant head, from the first moment. The construction was not simple at all and it took more than thirty years; after all, the lawyer loved challenges and the project of a hotel along the steep mountainside definitely overcame all the others he had faced up to that time.

In those years, the myth of Positano was not born, the wonderland in the Amalfi Coast was undiscovered land for actors and stars, both in Italy and overseas. We had to wait until the end of Seventies when our wonder by the sea was in the public eye. However, Aldo Capilongo, anticipating all trends, embarked on an enterprise of uncertain success – not according to him – long time before, helping to give, at least in part, a magical and special atmosphere to this small corner of paradise.

For this innovative approach, time – and construction techniques – was not ripe: Aldo Capilongo, an expert in the field, went back to ancient methods, using donkeys to carry the materials. These animals only managed to climb the steep mountainside with heavy loads. The complex of Hotel Le Agavi, including the sixteen villas around, was built in the image and likeness of the mountain, developing on eleven levels connecting the sea end the sky in a close embrace, until the private beach. The ambitious initiative had to deal with – besides the natural obstacles – attacks and unfounded accusations of destroying, through his complex, the landscape from some environmentalists. But, for the love of that landscape indeed, his dream of a hotel rising from the rock soul was born. The final aspiration was to share, from the last terrace, the same view of the Madonnina protector of Positano, to our left. A balm for eyes and heart.

Stone by stone, Aldo Capilongo saw his dream become true; and when the reality required a colour, he had no doubt. Also on this occasion, everything was clear, already decided in his mind some time before: all should be white and blue. The apartments and the rooms of the hotel had to imitate the colour of the sky, giving the sensation of peace of a heaven on Earth.

We will be biased, but we think the lawyer – and hotelier - won the bet in an excellent way.  

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