ChichISSIMO: Outrageously Chic
BuonISSIMO: Outstandingly Delicious
BeautISSIMO: Absolutely Beautiful
It is no wonder that Italian women are some of the most beautiful in the world: our country boasts millennia of beauty secrets and tips. We would never (lip) gloss over the humanistic and artistic contributions of the Italian Renaissance but… did you know it was this era that helped define modern cosmetics and skincare? Caterina Sforza, a noblewoman who lived at the turn of the 16th Century published a number of pamphlets featuring recipes for fragrances and cosmetics.
ColtISSIMO: Extremely Cultured
We are the country of Puccini and Verdi. Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci and Raphael. Fellini, De Sica, Antonini and Sorrentino. Eco, Calvino and Ferrante. From composers to artists, filmmakers and authors. The list of coltISSIMO contributors to the arts began hundreds of years ago and continues today. To brag a little more, Italy didn’t just contribute to culture – we helped define it. The Italian artists we speak of shepherded the world into modernity with their realistic sculptures and paintings, artistic works that gave birth to a new way of thinking. Known as the Golden Age – Italian neorealist cinema presented some of the first depictions of working classes on the silver screen and these portrayals changed the way the world saw itself once more. Elena Ferranta didn’t even need to identify herself to be named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world! There is absolutely no question that our beloved country is coltISSIMO.
BellISSIMO: Terrifically Stylish
Italian design changed the world. It is so ubiquitous that you might not even know you are looking at it when it has been copied, adopted and under your nose the entire time. If you have stood under a vaulted ceiling, you can thank Italian architects and engineers and must consider that the Pantheon is represented in structures all over the world. If you have ever shopped for a car that combined practicality and style – you owe a thank you to the pioneering designs of the Italian automotive industry! If you have scrolled past a certain instagram-famous pink mirror, you are familiar with Ettore Sottsass the Memphis Group. And we have not even yet mentioned Gio Ponti or other greats! Point being: our own and the world’s passion for bellISSIMO Italian design knows no end.
FichISSIMO: Unfathomably hip
Known throughout the world for our hospitality, holidays and hotels, Italians set the tone when it comes to unfathomably hip vacations. And not just in modern times – the tradition of visiting Italy dates back to the beginnings of travel as a leisurely and educational activity – think of the Grand Tour of the 17th to early 19th-century. ISSIMO was born two years ago as the chic digital extension of our Pellicano Hotels Group, presenting our passion for Italian life. Before, after or between visiting us at Il Pellicano, Mezzatorre and La Posta Vecchia, we offer you a curated selection of hotel souvenirs inspired by the soul, colors, and motifs of our hotels and allowing you to discover artisanal goods and special pieces made by ISSIMO.