Photos: How the Wealthy Lived It Up in Italy

Photo: Slim Aarons

The first time Slim Aarons went to Italy, it was as a combat photographer in World War II. He moved back in 1948 to work as a photographer in Life’s new Rome bureau and went back and forth for 50 years to photograph his now-famous subject matter: “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” His latest book, Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita (Abrams), focuses particularly on celebrities and socialites — Gianni Versace in Lake Como, Joan Fontaine in Rome, what seems like the entire Pucci family in Tuscany — enjoying themselves as only the rich can. It’s like watching the cotillion episodes on Gossip Girl, but the images are so beautiful and nostalgic, you forgive that the subjects are so oblivious of their wealth. Click through to see a preview of the book, which is available November 1.