Oh, to Be These Extravagant, Wanderlust Friends

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Riding polo horses in Egypt's Abusir Desert.
Riding polo horses in Egypt’s Abusir Desert. Photo: Alessandra d’Urso

For a wanderlust photography project, Italian photographer Alessandra d’Urso chronicled a group of friends’ extravagant travels to far-flung, dreamy destinations: a Medici villa in Tuscany, Italy; private islands off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia; and a chateau in Normandy, France. She compiled 270 black-and-white shots of their various weekends in the book For Friends, out June 28 from Steidl and Louis Vuitton, organizing them by trip in ten slim booklets.

From alluring Egyptian landscapes to candid portraits on a sunny Italian beach, the series gives an intimate look into the lives of glamorous, well-traveled friends. (Also: A taste of what you’d like to be doing this summer.) Click ahead to see their eclectic range of adventures: a woman’s dive into clear Mediterranean waters, riding polo horses in the desert.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Shereen Foda and Letitia Bemberg in Egypt’s Abusir Desert, in front of the Younes property.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Riding polo horses in the Abusir Desert.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Francesco d’Urso, Cyril de Commarque, daughter Oro, Clotilde de Keursason, and Oda Jaune at the beach in Conca dei Marini.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Lulu’ Creeel and Lina Botero in Cartagena.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Yumiko Saito in Panarea at Cala Junco.

Photo: Alessandra Borghese & Alessandra d’Urso; published by Steidl/Louis Vuitton

Isabella Borrromeo in Montevettolini.

Oh, to Be These Extravagant, Wanderlust Friends