Gio Ponti’s Paradise

Inside the iconic Parco dei Principi Hotel, the ultimate getaway for design enthusiasts.

In the vibrant heart of Sorrento, overlooking the serene blue waters of the Mediterranean and the majestic Vesuvius, stands the Parco dei Principi Hotel, a testament to the genius of Gio Ponti, one of the most influential architects and designers of the 20th century. This masterpiece, originally a villa with a rich history of aristocracy and nobility, was transformed by Ponti in the 1960s into a beacon of modernist style, blending the past with his contemporary vision in a way that only he could envision.

The hotel’s journey from a Gothic architectural marvel to a Mediterranean haven showcases Ponti’s ability to respect historical context while injecting modernity and innovation. His designs for the hotel, from the dazzling blue and white majolica tiles to the unique geometric patterns in each room, create a seamless blend of interior and exterior spaces, inviting nature to become an integral part of the architectural experience. The Parco dei Principi Hotel, with its idyllic setting amidst a 27,000 square meter botanical garden and its breathtaking views, embodies Ponti’s philosophy that architecture should create a harmonious dialogue between its surroundings and its inhabitants.

Ponti’s influence extends beyond the structural to the very essence of the hotel’s atmosphere. The cubic, white building, with its simple yet elegant furnishings and the mesmerizing blue-on-blue color scheme, reflects Ponti’s modernism, which is both bold and inviting. His attention to detail and his dedication to creating spaces that are both functional and beautiful are evident throughout the hotel, from the saltwater pool with its iconic diving board to the meticulously preserved rooms that serve as time capsules of 60s interior design.

Guests can explore the corridors and dedicated areas adorned with original furniture, photographs, and letters signed by Ponti, immersing themselves in the rich history and innovative spirit of one of Italy’s most celebrated designers. This immersive experience is a journey through time, offering a glimpse into Ponti’s visionary mind and his contribution to the world of architecture and design.

For those inspired by Ponti’s unparalleled talent and innovative designs, AP Mid-Century Modern invites you to explore our collection of authentic Gio Ponti pieces. Join us in celebrating the art of living beautifully, with a touch of Italian design and effortless chic that only Gio Ponti could provide.

A vintage 1950s Mid-Century modern Italian Ninfea folding side chair with original leather upholstery
A vintage 1940s Mid-Century modern Mahogany writing table designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli Mantova
A vintage 1950s Mid-Century bookcase designed by Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli & Alberto Alpago-Novello.