Visit Now: Il Pellicano



It’s always right around this time of year when our cravings for sunshine-filled days become nearly insatiable. Chalk it up to months of frozen temps or our preconditioned spring break clocks (yes, ours are still ringing years after that collegiate luxury disappeared); either way, our recent Google searches are all coastal hideaways and airfare price alerts. As we well know, however, the best destinations usually come recommended (and vetted) by in-the-know friends which brings us to our latest Italian infatuation: Hotel Il Pellicano. Overlooking a secluded bay in Tuscany’s Porto Ercole, the five-star hotel is a favorite of CITIPHILES Cass Bird and Lauren Remington Platt— both named the property their go-to getaway— not to mention, famous names like Charlie Chaplin, Slim Aarons, Juergen Teller and Emilio Pucci. Set admist olive groves and cypress trees, the exclusive property is divided into rooms (34), suites (16) and private cottages (6) meaning stays at the 51-year-old hotel feel more “homey” than they do “hotel”— that is, if your “home” is equipped with a Michelin-starred kitchen and a surplus of Santa Maria Novella products (we sort of hate you if so). The namesake restaurant is beautifully decorated with Fornasetti wallpaper and serves Mediterranean fare heavy on seasonal seafood (we’ve been told the uni-lobster spaghetti is a must-order, as is the locally-sourced olive oil ice cream topped with vin cotto-soaked figs). As for things to do— as if lounging at Il Pellicano’s ocean-overlooking pool isn’t enough— there are on-site cooking classes with chef Sebastiano Lombardi, a beach club, sports including golf and tennis, and private boats for hire. And should you find reason to venture off-property, we’ve curated a list of local hideaways worthy of a pitstop. La dolce vita va bene, no?


*Good MorningIl Forno del Porto (MAP IT)
Porto Ercole’s best bakery featuring freshly-baked breads, pastries and biscuits as well as Italian desserts like ricotta, rum and chocolate crostatas.

*Beachside Lunch | I Due Pini (MAP IT) and Braccio (MAP IT)
-Situated on its own private beach, I Due Pini serves excellent grilled fish and primi including a seafood antipasto taster consisting of delicious small plates. Shaded, outside seating makes it the quintessential beach lunch.
-Mostly frequented by locals, Braccio serves classic dishes like spaghetti alle vongole and gnocchetti with sea bass ragu right on the beach. Best for lunch.

*Perfect PaninoSandwich Club (MAP IT)
A hole-in-the-wall panino shop that sells beautiful panini on focaccia; fillings include speck, mozzarella and grilled vegetables.

*Local Catch | I Pescatori (MAP IT) and Trattoria del Pesce Povero (MAP IT)
-A former stable-run-turned-restaurant, I Pescatori is run by fishermen who catch and prepare seasonal seafood daily. It also happens to be very reasonably priced and great for families.
-Opened in 2015, Trattoria del Povero is a relatively new local hideaway serving a rotating menu of fresh fish.

*Michelin Over the CliffsLa Fontanina (MAP IT)
Michelin-starred La Fontanina is tucked away in the hills of Porto Santo Stefano, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. A splurge-worthy date night, the restaurant is known for its excellent seafood.

*Just Like Nonna | Mamma Licia (MAP IT)
Said to be the area’s number one hidden gem, Mamma Licia serves homestyle Italian food in a casual setting.

*Sunset Meal with A View | Osteria dei Nobili Santi (MAP IT)
A part of the area’s charming polo club, this Italian restaurant serves pasta and grilled meats with beautiful garden (and golf course) views. It’s ideal for aperitivo and small plates just before sunset.

*Gelato | Creola (MAP IT) and Le Logge (MAP IT)
-Creola uses organic eggs and milk in their gelato, serving flavors like ricotta, hazelnut and honey, and lemon cream.
-Le Logge is arguably the world’s best gelateria with standout scoops including their cioccolato fondente di Modica, a dairy-free dark chocolate sorbet.


*Azienda Agraria Fratelli Osio (MAP IT) is a lovely market for organic oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, as well as bottles of extra-virgin olive oil and dry wines from the surrounding vineyards.

*Navoni Giovanni (MAP IT) is a small butcher shop with organic meats as well as local goods like natural wine, farm fresh yogurt and artisan chocolate.

*La Parrina (MAP IT) is a small, family-run farm that makes nice organic cheeses (goat and ricottta in particular) as well as their own wine and olive oil. It’s a great stop for families as farm animal sightings are common! CP






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