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European events worth travelling for this summer
Whatever your passion, you’ll find it in Europe this summer. From unforgettable art exhibitions to dramatic sporting competitions and family-friendly festivals, there’s an abundance of exceptional experiences to discover across our destinations.
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Events worth travelling for this summer
Whatever your passion, you’ll find it in Italy this summer. From unforgettable art exhibitions to dramatic sporting competitions and family-friendly festivals, there’s an abundance of exceptional experiences to discover across our destinations.
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The most beautiful Tuscan road trips
There are few more extraordinary ways to explore the unbelievable beauty of Tuscany than behind the wheel of a top-of-the-range Ferrari. Perfect for motoring enthusiasts, Hotel Savoy is offering guests the driving experience of a lifetime with a bespoke, individually tailored Ferrari road trip. Simply pick your vehicle of choice (perhaps the Ferrari 488 Spider, a Ferrari Portofino or the Ferrari California Turbo?) and set off on one of these unforgettable Tuscan road trips.
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Brand New Hotel Openings in Italy
This spring, Rocco Forte Hotels is delighted to announce the opening of two new stunning Italian properties in Rome and Puglia.
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Why wellness is the new watchword in travel
Throughout history, different cultures have had different interests in ‘wellness’. To some, it was the antithesis of illness and the warding off of disease. To others, it was the tenet that would help define their approach to life, from Hippocrates and the Ancient Greeks to the 5,000-year old tradition of Ayurveda.
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Amazing early summer experiences
Early summer is the perfect time for a European break. Increasingly warm yet without the searing heat of late summer, the climate lends itself to new, engaging al fresco experiences. Delight your clients with fascinating and exclusive insights into local history and culture.
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Why Putting Children First Makes the Perfect Family Holiday
Oliver James, one of Britain’s leading experts on child psychology, has really understood the effect that travel has on children, and why it is so important to their development. Adults have long regarded holidays as not only a way to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, but as a way to learn, build bonds and create life-long memories. Children are no different in this respect, but what stimulates them is distinctive from their parents.
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Exquisite Europe: An Extraordinary Experience in Tuscany
The home of Chianti, Brunello and Montepulciano, Tuscany is world-famous for its incredible wine. An unforgettable experience for oenophiles, Hotel Savoy is whisking its guests up above the rolling vineyards of this award-winning wine region on a spectacular Helicopter Wine Tour. Accompanied by acclaimed Italian sommelier Filippo Bartolotta, we can’t think of a better way to discover the legendary land of the Super Tuscans.
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Irene Forte Skincare: The Sicilian Secret to Glowing Skin
Inspired by Sicily and with ingredients handpicked from Verdura Resort’s organic farm, Irene Forte Skincare has been painstakingly developed over three years. Named after its founder, Rocco Forte Hotels Wellness Director Irene Forte, Irene Forte Skincare is a multi-benefit, natural and sustainable skincare brand that is the Mediterranean diet for your skin. Here, Irene Forte introduces the brand, and her secret to glowing skin.
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Hotel Savoy’s Homemade Ricotta and Chestnut Tortelli with Pumpkin
At Christmas, the smell of caldarroste, roasted chestnuts, fills the squares and streets of Florence and encapsulates the joy of the festive season for many Italians. This delicious recipe, from Irene restaurant at Hotel Savoy, brings the rich, earthy aroma of the chestnuts together with creamy ricotta cheese in freshly made tortelli pasta, and served with a pumpkin cream.
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A Festive Foodie Adventure for Families in Italy
‘Tis the season for delicious food. And where better to enjoy it than in the heart of Tuscany with a stay at Hotel Savoy in Florence? Come and celebrate the season with us and learn how to create a delicious festive Italian meal that the whole family will love.
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The Italian Christmas Gift Guide
From immaculate bespoke tailoring to exquisite linens and delectable desserts, Italians know how to do Christmas gifting in style.
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Fitness Expert Joanna Hall on her Revolutionary WalkActive Method
A leading authority on movement and nutrition in the UK, fitness expert Joanna Hall is the woman behind the revolutionary WalkActive method. Author of twelve fitness books and presenter of several fitness DVDs, Joanna’s WalkActive programme is scientifically proven to turbocharge walking speed, alleviate joint stress and transform both posture and body shape. This autumn, Joanna is bringing her 25 years of expertise to Rocco Forte Hotels to offer an exclusive WalkActive package that will allow guests to master the technique in fabulous surroundings. Here, Joanna shares her fitness secrets as well as what guests can expect from the weekend.
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How to Travel with Wonder inspired by Very Important Kids
Creating imaginative Italian adventures for children and families, Very Important Kids are experts on inspirational travel. Bringing a series of specially curated, immersive Florentine experiences for little guests to Hotel Savoy, here, Very Important Kids share their tips for parents on how families can travel with wonder.
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Fulvio Pierangelini’s Red Prawn, Green Bean and Orange Salad
Fresh, flavourful and pretty on the plate, this prawn, green bean and orange salad recipe will bring a taste of Sicilian sunshine to your table.
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