Last weekend we were able to escape the vicious heat of urban Rome and head south to Sorrento where, though still quite warm, we were able to enjoy the sea and sea breezes that makes the late Summer heat seem a little more bearable. The truth of the matter is that we had always wanted to visit a modern icon in the arena of hotel design. So what a better time now that we are in Italy for an extended stay? The hotel, Parco dei Principi designed by Gio Ponti and build in 1961, is truly remarkable in its modernist design if not in its location. It is perched high above the sea imbedded in a cliff facing the sea on one side while the entrance side is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The design of the hotel encompasses much more than just a modernist shell; it also has custom designed tiles, lighting and furniture throughout.
One very interesting aspect of the hotel is its famous pool and of course the diving platform.