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Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita

After starting out in the Second World War, photographer Slim Aarons decided to switch from shooting soldiers “to combating starlets” and capture the well-off and beautiful at play.

Italy, unsurprisingly, provided rich pickings of both.

La Dolce Vita is a collection of some of Aarons' most celebrated Italian photography - from breathtaking aerials of the Sicilian countryside and canals of Venice to intimate portraits in luxurious villas and estates, Slim's photography captures the essence of the good life.

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Essential because: Nobody knows how to relax in a pair of tiny bikini bottoms quite like the Italians (and that’s just the men).

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