When his father bought Il Pellicano – the gem of Porto Ercole – back in 1979, the hotel was already in perfect shape. The elite used to gather here in the 1960s while Slim Aarons documented their stay, his camera in one hand, a glass of Campari in the other. While the destination never ceases to trend on Instagram, Il Pellicano is also the name of the hotel group managed by Robert Scio’s daughter Marie Louise Scio. The young forty-year-old has used her cleverness and impeccable sense of style to grasp today’s interior design trends, and what she ended up finding out is essential: people today crave vintage designs, so it would be unnecessary to go after a modern aesthetic. So when it comes to the Mezzatorre hotel installed in a 16th century tower up above on Capri’s little sister island Ischia, you’re in for a journey through the past. Overlooking the incredible bay, the hotel is quite overwhelming for the many surprises it holds. A sharp cuisine and impeccable interiors are as many pluses on your list for a long September weekend away – Mr Ripley style.