05/05/2011 03:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tuscany Italy's Luxury Hotel Il Pellicano, a Respite Home to Generations of Fashionistas (VIDEO)

Before Starwoods and superstars, Tuscany's seaside Hotel Il Pellicano was calling out to royals and fashionistas... albeit in hushed tones.

A new book tells the story of the infamous and exclusive retreat in Porto Ercole through photographs -- from its inception in the '60s through to today. Experience the highlights in my video below.