Stoliv is situated on the northeastern side of the Vrmac hill, opposite Perast. It consists of two parts: the upper village is situated in a chestnut forest at 240 m of altitude. This part of village preserved it original rural layout. Today this part of Stoliv has only 15 habitants, because most of the people have moved during the 17th and 18th centuries to the lower town. In centre of the village is the church of St. Ilija.
The Lower Stoliv was given the rank of maritime town in 1721. Due to the Mediterranean climat, this part of Boka is rich in fruits and flowers, specially the camellia for which Stoliv is famous. In the Lower Stoliv is the church of St. Mary with a few paintings by Slovenian artist Josip Tominc.