When I traveled with my family to Sorrento, we knew there was only one hotel where we wanted to stay. We went to the Parco dei Principi, the hotel designed by the Dean of Italian modern architecture, Gio Ponti in 1961. While many tend to believe that the boutique hotel is a 21-century invention, Ponti preceded the vogue with the Parco dei Prinicipi, which was recently renovated and brought to its original state.
Ponti created a gesamstkunstwerk, where architecture, interiors, and furnishing all formed into one ensemble. It was his blue period, and here he crafted a poetic experience which combined landscape and design, with patterns borrowed from Renaissance Italy, Ponti’s most favorite era, and colors taken from the various shades of blue and green found in the sea and the surrounded gardens of Sorrento. All photos by Marco Zuppetta.