Unusual Experiences to Book this Spring

Rocco Forte Hotels

Adventures to inspire every traveller

Spring in Europe has a magical quality to it, with its sun-dappled vineyards and secret stretches of beach. Whether you’re looking to hone your culinary skills with your loved ones or you’re craving an outdoor adventure, here are three of our dream family holiday destinations to spend an unforgettable Spring in Europe.

Perfect for… Gourmands
Puglia, Italy

With its ancient sites, charming hilltop towns, Baroque architecture and pristine beaches, Puglia in southern Italy makes for a splendid Spring holiday break. This is also where much of Italy’s wine and olive oil are produced, among other gastronomical delights such as orecchiette pasta, which is often accompanied with cime di rapa sauce. Masseria Torre Maizza’s restaurant Carosello is set in the former stables of an Italian farmhouse, or masseria, and has high whitewashed ceilings, a terrace and garden views which make it an idyllic spot to indulge in seasonal local delicacies, but you can also opt to sit amid our centuries-old olive grove for a candlelit picnic prepared by our chefs. For those wanting to learn new skills, we have classes for novice cooks and seasoned gourmands so that you can learn the stories behind each dish and how to prepare a range of regional specialities with ingredients freshly picked from our grounds.


Perfect for… A romantic escape
Florence, Italy

The cradle of the Renaissance and home to some of the world’s most impressive art and architecture, Florence is also one of Europe’s most romantic Spring destinations. For those looking to create an unforgettable proposal, Hotel Savoy organises private boat rides on a traditional barchetto gondola along the Arno river. The barchetto slows down under the medieval stone Ponte Vecchio bridge to create a fairytale setting for your proposal, before continuing to the workshop of Italy’s ‘Queen of embroidery,’ Loretta Capone, where you’ll find exquisite and embroidered linens and handmade lingerie. Round off your evening by indulging in a private Tuscan dinner accompanied by live entertainment in the Presidential Suite at Hotel Savoy, from which you can gaze across to Florence Cathedral’s dome and belltower.


Perfect for… Sensational art
London, United Kingdom

London has long been known as the capital of the art world and it is home to an array of top class galleries. Mayfair, where Brown’s Hotel is based, is one of the city’s main hubs of modern and contemporary art. On Albemarle Street, on our hotel’s doorstep, you’ll find leading fine art galleries such as Connaught Brown, which specialises in paintings and drawings by French Impressionists, post-Impressionists and modern masters. Nearby, historic Cork Street is dotted with some of the world’s most renowned galleries such as Messums London, a specialist in contemporary British art and sculpture. This May, discover the stories of our creative capital with the last in our series of enlightening Art Walks  led by Maeve Doyle, renowned art critic and Artistic Director of Maddox Gallery. Following the walk, enjoy a seasonal two-course lunch at Charlie’s restaurant as part of this unique experience.

Round off Spring in style with an unforgettable stay at a Rocco Forte hotel in Europe.

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