Having grown up on the bougainvillea-flowing grounds of one of Italy’s most beautiful hotels, Marie Louise Scio is spoiled for life elsewhere. “I swear I never go out of my golden prison,” the CEO and Creative Director of the five star Hotel Il Pellicano says of her action-packed routine that unfolds from mid April to mid September when she moves from her home in Milan to her family’s hotel on Tuscan coast. And why would she? The historic, sun-kissed property has long lured the world’s most glamorous jet setters – from Charlie Chaplin to the Casiraghis —and continues to swell each season with discerning guests of a certain style caliber: i.e., those that know that true luxury is a cozy, unpretentious hotel with warm service, magnificent food, a garden exploding with colored blooms, and the best sea view in all of Tuscany. While she would prefer to stay glued to Il Pellicano’s signature white and yellow striped towel-lined lounge chairs — and really, who wouldn’t? — the hospitality scion does of course occasionally leave her perfect sea perch for special spots along her hotel’s hood, from the main town of Porto Ercole to resort havens like Capalbio. Here’s an inside look at her rules for living the Good life at the Hotel Il Pellicano, as well as her favorite places to scoop, stoop, scope, and stretch out her long, bronzed limbs when she’s not fluttering around her hotel like a busy beautiful butterfly.

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