ISSIMO’s Pass Notes on Hotel Il Pellicano, Mezzatorre and La Posta Vecchia
Our hotels are back! Here’s why you should visit
Spring has sprung, and that means one thing (ok, two): the sunny holiday season is just around the corner, and our hotels are gearing up to reopen soon. First up will be Hotel Il Pellicano, on April 5, followed by the Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa on April 7 and La Posta Vecchia Hotel in May. Exciting, right?
To get you dreaming and planning your next trip to the Italian coast, we’ve put together a little primer on what makes each property stand out – and channel the epitome of the Mediterranean dolce vita. Ready to pack?
Hotel Il Pellicano
BEST FOR: Discerning travellers and stylish Italophiles
WHERE: Enchanting Porto Ercole on the coast of the Argentario, a destination that encapsulates the art of villeggiatura. You’re in Tuscany’s lush Maremma, an area blessed with some of the best beaches in Italy, the bluest water, and wild, big nature.
WHY GO: Where to begin? The landscape, for once. But also the incredible food and wine, the warm Tuscan hospitality, and the fact that our cliffside resort has been one of the most iconic Italian destinations for more than 50 years.
THE ATMOSPHERE IN A NUTSHELL: Italian Dolce Vita meets timeless and understated luxury.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Try the local seafood and order a dish of spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams). Also, do stop for an aperitivo or two at our iconic Bar Roberto.
FAVOURITE BEACHES: Feniglia Beach and Cala Galera, perfect for sunbathing and swimming.
WHAT ABOUT CULTURE?
Porto Ercole is a charming town with a rich history, and the summer months offer a range of cultural events and festivals. One of the most popular is the Palio Marinaro, a traditional boat race held every August, celebrating the town’s maritime legacy. But there are also outdoor concerts, film screenings, and art exhibitions.
BEST FOR: Nature lovers, wellness seekers and sophisticated types
WHERE: Ischia, also known as Italy’s Green Island (and one of the best in the world). You’re essentially in Mediterranean heaven, surrounded by lush vegetation, thermal springs, and stunning coastal landscapes, as well as volcanic peaks, sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs. That means there’s something to do for everyone, from beach bums to hiking enthusiasts.
WHY GO: If you’re looking for a restorative escape and authentically Mediterranean vibes, Ischia and Mezzatorre are hard to beat. You’ve got healing thermal springs, greenery for days, and picturesque villages to charm you whenever you’re not lying on a beach.
THE ATMOSPHERE IN A NUTSHELL: Laidback yet stylish, with a touch of Neapolitan charm (you’re in the Gulf of Naples!). Ischia is a true gem of southern Italy.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Catch the sun set over the Gulf of Naples, eat at our Ristorante La Torre, and hike Mount Epomeo.
FAVOURITE BEACHES: Maronti Beach and Sorgeto Bay.
WHAT ABOUT CULTURE?
From the Aragonese Castle to the Chiesa del Soccorso, Ischia offers plenty of historical sights and landmarks to explore, plus an international film festival and scenic outdoor concerts at Giardini La Mortella, a must-visit botanical garden.
BEST FOR: Bon viveurs, history buffs and fans of eclectic Italian hospitality
WHERE: A short drive from Rome, La Posta Vecchia is a magical hidden gem on the coast of Palo Laziale. You come here to soak in the sun and take in sweeping views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, explore mediaeval fortresses like Santa Severa’s castle, and indulge in a regal stay in what once was Getty’s private villa.
WHY GO: From the 17th century villa’s on-site private museum to the art treasures adorning its each and every corner – courtesy, again, of Getty’s personal art collection – to the lavish vibes and proximity to stunning natural and historical sights, this Italian palazzo never ceases to delight. It’s a discerning escape – and the perfect introduction to Italy’s wonders.
THE ATMOSPHERE IN A NUTSHELL: Sophisticated, with plenty of whimsical character to boot.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Take a dip into La Posta Vecchia’s indoor swimming pool before grabbing a drink on its sun-kissed terrace by the sea; then spend a day exploring the surroundings, from Etruscan ruins to mediaeval castles.
FAVOURITE BEACHES: Ladispoli – Romans’ favourite beach getaway – and Marina di Palo.
WHAT ABOUT CULTURE?
Where to begin. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cerveteri, one of the most important Etruscan centres, and its Necropoli della Banditaccia, dating from the 7th to 5th centuries BCE. The 14th century Castello di Santa Severa (Santa Severa’s Castle), which was built on the remains of an early mediaeval garrison. The majestic Castello di Odescalchi (Odescalchi Castle), on the southern shore of Bracciano Lake. Basically, the whole area is an outdoor museum – and a testament to Italy’s storied past.