Travel & Pictorial

Hotel Il Pellicano

A captivating look at the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyles of those who frequent the legendary Hotel Il Pellicano, overlooking a secluded bay in Tuscany’s Porto Ercole. One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world, the chic Hotel Il Pellicano, located on the Argentario, is a hangout for many from the design, fashion, and art worlds. With photographs by the great chroniclers of yesteryear glamour, John Swope and Slim Aarons—who captured the likes of Emilio Pucci, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Britt Ekland, Kenneth Tynan, and Susanna Agnelli relaxing here—as well as Juergen Teller, one of the most influential fine art and fashion photographers working today, the book presents three different epochs in the history of this modern-day dolce vita. A Visitor’s Note by Bob Colacello and a full history of the hotel by Bronwyn Cosgrave explore Il Pellicano’s illustrious legacy and its continuing seductive allure

About The Author

Slim Aarons, who visited Il Pellicano for more than twenty-five years, is known for his photographs of socialites and celebrities. His work appeared often in Life and Town & Country and has been the subject of several books. John Swope, a co-founder of the hotel, was a photographer at Life and in 1939 published the first book of candid photography of film stars, Camera Over Hollywood. Juergen Teller’s work is published in publications such as Vogue, W Magazine, i-D, and Purple, and he has photographed Marc Jacobs’ advertising campaigns for the last decade. Bob Colacello was the editor of Interview magazine for its first twelve years. He is now a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. Formerly the features editor for British Vogue, Bronwyn Cosgrave writes on fashion, film, and design for the Financial Times, The Times, the Guardian, and Telegraph. Roberto Sció is the owner of Il Pellicano. Robert Violette is an editor and publisher in London. He edited You Can Find Inspiration in Everything by Paul Smith, as well as the first major books on Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Sophie Calle.

  • Publish Date: April 05, 2011
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Travel - Food, Lodging & Transportation - Hotels, Inns & Hostels
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8-1/4 x 11-3/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $69.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3644-4


"In the need of an escape? This iconic book will certainly provide all the inspiration necessary for your next vacation to the Italian coast." —W Magazine 

“Fortunately, the magic of this place has been captured in a new book, Hotel Il Pellicano… The book is not only a family album but also a historical document of seaside leisure during three decades of the late 20th century.” ~Vanity Fair
“Now a new book from Rizzoli offers a rich photographic chronicle of the property’s almost five decade history. Hotel Il Pellicano divides the hotel s history into three periods John Swope s images document the hotel’s early days from 1964 to 1971 and include an amazing picture of Patsy lazing in the grass with a perfect vintage Fiat behind her and an excavator in the background. Slim Aarons who returned to the hotel every year for 25 years captures Il Pellicano’s heyday from 1967 to the early 1990s. Finally Juergen Teller presents the hotel in its current incarnation with a series of portraits of perfectly turned out guests. (Frida Giannini the designer of Gucci is the kind of regular the place attracts now). Collectively the images capture how the glamour of travel has changed but also remains very much the same which could be said of Il Pellicano itself.” ~Town & Country
“If April showers have you feeling under the weather, book an escape to the Tuscan coastal village Porto Ercole through the pages of Hotel Il Pellicano.” ~Metrosource LA
“Effortlessly Chic...”

Author Bookshelf: Robert Violette