Four years ago my sister stayed in this grand hotel: http://www.hotellepalme.net/en/hotel.html. Has there ever been anything more lovely carved into the facade of a hotel than this: salve mare triumphans sub lumine solis!?
Back during the golden age of Italian cinema (c. 1950s) this was one of the most famous hotels in all of Italy. In 1952 King Faurk of Egypt moved here and rented all the rooms for himself and others for some months.
See his story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farouk_of_Egypt