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Il Pellicano, Tuscany

Rich with history, Il Pellicano’s story begins in the 60’s with Michael and Patricia Graham opening the hotel on a cliff above the Tuscan coastline of Monte Argentario, near the town of Porto Ercole, Italy. Inspired by the San Ysidro Ranch in California, they designed and built a hotel consisting of 18 rooms and several guest cottages. The hotel became very popular among European royalty, actors and socialites including Sofia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and Italian business magnate and real estate developer, Robert Scio.

Scio made Il Pellicano the destination for his family’s summer escapes, and seven years after his first visit, purchased the hotel from the Grahams and moved in.

For nearly 50 years now, Il Pellicano has maintained its iconic status, a celebrity haunt on the exotic coast of Italy. It has also been the life long home of the Scio family, including Scio’s daughter Marie-Louise Scio.

Whilst still maintaining its charm, Marie-Louise Scio, now creative director of her family’s legendary retreat, has revamped everything at Il Pellicano from the staff uniforms (which have been inspired by a 60’s Yves Saint Laurent collection) to the font on the menus.

Scio has introduced a modern edge to the hotel, having Juergen Teller photograph an Il Pellicano cookbook, and by opening a hotel boutique selling custom made A.P.C t-shirts and Anya Hindmarch totes.

We’re adding this hotel to our wish list, and luckily for us, the Scio’s have plans to open up two new Il Pellicano hotels, one in London and one in the US.

For more information on Il Pellicano and the Scio family, visit

Happy travels!

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