Le Sirenuse is one of the most famous hotels in the world, family-owned and tended to by the Sersales since they opened their home to the world in 1951. Positano is affectionately viewed by locals as a vertical town – the only way is up or down – and that’s evident at Le Sirenuse, whose colourful buildings cling to the cliffs and whose terraces offer some of the best views in town. Steinbeck continued: "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." Luckily for guests, Le Sirenuse really does exist.