Awaken your senses with our Italian destinations

Rocco Forte Hotels

Along Italy's picturesque southern coastline from Puglia to Sicily, three of our hotels awaken to embrace the arrival of spring.  From rolling countryside hills to the sugary shores of inviting beaches, each retreat exudes its own distinct charm, offering an array of experiences for guests to discover…

Sunkissed serenity at Verdura Resort, Sicily

The first thing you’ll notice at Verdura Resort is a deep sense of serenity. Here, amongst 230 hectares of ancient olive groves and fragrant orchards, guests enjoy utter seclusion alongside a host of new and bespoke experiences for Easter and beyond.

The resort’s two kilometres of rugged coastline bring maritime adventures, including the opportunity to join local fishermen at work in Sciacca, complete with a fresh feast at sea.

Some may opt for a leisurely horseback ride through the lemon orchards, or simply relax at the 4,000-square-metre Irene Forte Spa, nourishing mind, body and soul with luxurious, innovative skincare that makes good use of the resort’s abundant organic farm.

Complement balmy evenings with a candlelight dinner at Zagara Restaurant, or stargazing amidst the olive groves, while a local astrologer paints constellations in the clear night sky. 

Those seeking something a little more active can perfect their swing on the acclaimed  18-hole course, resplendent with glittering views of the Mediterranean. Little ones are well taken care of with a range of activities, from cooking to arts and crafts and the exciting chance to embrace their future sports star potential under the supervision of top athletes at the Vito Scala Football Academy. 

This Easter, the whole family can get involved with unique experiences such as a whimsical egg hunt, traditional Sicilian cooking classes, or a fun-filled Easter Monday BBQ. 

A coastal cityscape at Villa Igiea, Palermo

Further along the shoreline is pretty Palermo where the rose-scented Villa Igiea reopens its doors, stirring to the sounds of spring and the city’s gentle hum – a melting pot of cultures and history. 

A love letter to history, Villa Igiea was once a family home and seaside sanctuary for royalty, dignitaries and the Hollywood elite. This enchanting Art Nouveau palazzo sits at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, atop tiered gardens overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and quaint port, where sailboats drift by.  

From this storied place, guests can explore the bustle of Palermo with ease, from excursions to nearby markets to seek out authentic local treasures, to cooking classes in traditional Sicilian trattorias. 

Succumb to the rhythm of Italian 'la Dolce Vita' with lazy Sundays that unfold with a sumptuous brunch, its menu crafted by Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, the godfather of Italian cooking.  Satisfied, stroll into town and visit the “Palermo Liberty: The Golden Age” exhibition at Palazzo Sant’Elia, showcasing a stunning array of 500 Liberty and Art Nouveau pieces. With Villa Igiea a proud exhibition partner,  eagle-eyed guests will spot three treasures from the hotel’s past. 

For a picture-perfect experience, a session with local photographer Alessio Falcone, can be arranged to capture unforgettable moments during your stay. 

An authentic hideaway at Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia

Slightly further east, along Italy’s understated heel, uncover the unspoiled wonders of Puglia. Amidst the white-washed hilltop towns and the sparkling warm waters of the Adriatic, Masseria Torre Maizza awaits. Famed for its striking coastline, hearty foods and sprawling landscapes sprinkled with quaint villages, this corner of southern Italy is ripe for exploration. 

Formerly a 16th-century farmhouse, this sun-drenched destination is home to a nine-hole golf course, stylish fitness centre, kids’ club and private beach club, providing a dreamy escape complemented by soul-nourishing leisure activities.

Unleash your creativity with a ceramic and painting workshop in collaboration with the Museo della Casa alla Fasanese, a beautifully preserved house-museum in the historic centre of Fasano, allowing visitors a glance back in time. Alternatively, foodies can explore the beautiful gardens of Masseria Torre Maizza with our chef, picking organic produce and learning about the land before taking part in an open-air cooking lesson. 

As the sun makes its reluctant descent over the sea, take a cruise off the coast of Savelletri to marvel at the ancient stones of the Monopoli Castle, or stay back at the hotel to unwind with a pilates session under the olive trees. 


This season, escape to the soulful rhythm of Italy’s southern shores with Rocco Forte Hotels

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