Among the world’s hippest hangouts, the five-star hotel Il Pellicano located in the Tuscan coastal village of Porto Ercole is all the more exclusive for being relatively unknown.
Outside of the cognoscenti, that is.
To a student of Europe’s jetset and café society over the last 40 years the names of its famous patrons read like a roll call of fashionable deities:

Sophia Loren, Robert Mitchum, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Emilio Pucci, Britt Ekland, Aristotle Onassis, and various people whose names end only with “of Monaco”.

Over the years, photographers John Swope, Slim Aarons and Juergen Teller have documented the goings-on at the elite escape; their photos have now been collected in a stylish new volume, Hotel Il Pellicano, from Rizzoli.

Sadly there’s no photo of one of our favorite moments in the hotel’s history – the day John Wayne pulled up in his yacht and ordered ten martinis.
But you can pour yourself a few while you peruse the voluptuous volume….

All images courtesy of Rizzoli; click to enlarge:

The terrace at twilight. John Swope, 1966 © Hotel Il Pellicano

The visionaries behind Hotel Il Pellicano, Patricia and Michael Graham. Slim Aarons, 1973 © Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A panoramic view of the rocky shoreline and rows of colorful parasols along the exclusive beach at Il Pellicano, with a small flotilla in the private cove. Slim Aarons, 1991 © Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Juergen Teller, Marie-Louise Sció, Elisa Simonelli and Silvia di Paolo. Juergen Teller, 2009 © Juergen Teller

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