From The Grand Tour and J Paul Getty: A Sojourn with Marie-Louise Sciò

CEO of Pellicano Hotels, Marie-Louise Sciò reimagines The Grand Tour with MATCHESFASHION.COM, sailing from Porto Ercole to La Posta Vecchia and on to Ischia where each of her hotels are plotted. Suffice to say, we’re very much on board.

Europe’s Grand Tour took in Paris
and the Alps before moving swiftly on to Rome, after which things slowed down
considerably. Other stops on this storied route included Florence, Siena and Verona, among other popular postings.
Followed by aristocracy, gentry or otherwise, the tour proved to
have lasting appeal.

There was only one woman with the credentials to reimagine the
Grand Tour (the Italia edition) for modern-day, discerning
travellers with a bona fide sense of style. Growing up in the
photographs of Slim Aarons, and counting Margherita Missoni and
founder of La DoubleJ, J.J. Martin, among her close friends,
Marie-Louise Sciò is well-equipped to take on the title of cicerone
(tutor) and lead this gypset onwards.

Mooring first at the fabled Il Pellicano on the coast of
Porto Ercole before sailing via La Posta Vecchia (the former
home of billionaire J. Paul Getty) and ending at the newest
addition to the Pellicano brood, Mezzatorre in Ischia, the CEO of
Pellicano Hotels, in partnership with MATCHESFASHION.COM, is seabound – travelling by 1930s
yacht – with a crews-worth of well-heeled nomads. Before she set
sail, we caught up with the hotel heiress to discuss a whole host
of things, from picture-perfect memories to the best trattorias in

What was it like growing up at Il Pellicano? What are some of
your earliest memories there?

Growing up hiding in the bushes to spy on the adults at night.
There was magic in the air and I was a tiny spectator. I remember
very well a time that my brother and I decided to save some
lobsters from a cruel destiny and threw them in the pool during a
party. My parents were not so happy but we felt so proud of our

What does your role as creative director of the Pellicano
Hotels group involve?

Curating every sensorial and visual aspect of the hotels.

What do you think makes a good hotel?

The soul, the bones and the staff.

Your top five hotels…

Sunset Tower in LA, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, The Greenwich Hotel in New York,
The Connaught Hotel in London
and Firmdale Hotels in general.

Do you think there is such a thing as holiday tribes? If so,
which do you belong to?

I belong to the tribe of people who love to holiday where there
are not so many people around.

Tell us about the Grand Tour collaboration.

It was my dream to do a pop up on a boat and we found the
perfect partner in MATCHESFASHION.COM. I am so
excited about this project – a travelling holiday pop-up on a 1930s

Which are your most frequented travel destinations?

For work: London,
and Hong

Your latest Pellicano Hotel opening is the Mezzatorre Hotel
& Thermal Spa. What treatments should we try there?

The thermal pools, which are incredible, or the mud treatments
with the spring waters.

Where are some of your favourite places in Italy…

For food, I love Da Enzo al 29 and Roscioli in Rome. Some of my favourite shops are
La DoubleJ in Milan and Percossi Papi atelier in Rome.

What are you reading at the moment?

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington.

One piece of travel advice…

Never stop travelling and always learn something as you do.

And finally, what’s in your SUITCASE?

All sorts of things – but a sketchbook is key.

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