Discover timeless charm: Il Pellicano, where Tuscan luxury meets historical splendour

ByAndrea Thompson

April 9, 2024

Tucked away in the secluded inlets of Monte Argentario along Tuscany’s Argentario Coast, Il Pellicano was born from a 1960s romance between an American socialite and a British aviator, who fashioned their own intimate sanctuary.

The secluded haven, once frequented by Hollywood elites and society’s crème de la crème, evolved into the esteemed hotel “Il Pellicano” in 1965, opening its doors to a wider circle of guests seeking its exclusive allure.

Slim Aarons, celebrated for his enchanting snapshots of Il Pellicano, epitomizes the ‘Dolce Far Niente’—the art of blissful idleness. His imagery elegantly encapsulates the relaxed opulence of the elite in their heyday, eternally preserving the hotel’s storied past.

In 1979, esteemed entrepreneur Roberto Sciò was captivated by the charm of Il Pellicano and acquired it, preserving its inviting ambiance. Now, under the guidance of his daughter Marie-Louise Sciò, the Creative Director and CEO of Pellicano Hotels Group, the property flourishes with her distinctive blend of effortless elegance and timeless charm.

Il Pellicano’s 47 rooms and suites epitomize subtle opulence, featuring private balconies and air conditioning to ensure a stay of utmost comfort and sophistication. The ambiance is a seamless blend of Tuscan homeliness and contemporary sleekness, all under the watchful eye of Marie-Louise Sciò, who personally selects each detail and design philosophy embraces ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian term for effortless grace.

Enhancing the guest experience further with its exclusive line of bath products.  Each bearing poetic names that evoke the essence of Tuscany.  With names like ‘a warm summer breeze’ or ‘windswept hair’, add a touch of luxury to the hotel’s sleek and contemporary bathrooms, making for an indulgent stay.

Dining at Il Pellicano is a crowning experience, where Michelin-starred gastronomy from Chef Michelino Gioia meets the alfresco charm of Pelligrill, and the bars and cellars invite you to savour an aperitivo or select from a vast array of wines. It’s a celebration of Tuscan flavours, artfully crafted into divine dishes, and a toast to the coastal spirit.

Guests can relax by the heated sea-water swimming pool or rejuvenate at the spa with a sea view.  You can also explore the private rocky beach and those who like excitement, try the Tuscan Archipelago.

The hotel’s understated opulence has been a magnet for stars like Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde, and even legends such as Charlie Chaplin. Its charm is in the privacy and exclusivity it offers, making it a jewel in the crown for those seeking a serene escape from the limelight.

It’s a place where luxury is not just felt but lived. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a cultural immersion, or simply a moment to breathe in the beauty of Italy, Il Pellicano promises an unforgettable escape into the heart of Tuscany’s charm. With its rich history, exquisite rooms, celebrity allure, and exceptional facilities, Il Pellicano isn’t just a stay—it’s a journey through the soul of Italy.