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Olga Polizzi on Design
Finding that perfect alchemy of comfort, character and creativity is every interior designer’s greatest challenge. Deputy Chairman and Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels, Olga Polizzi keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of design trends while carefully considering the history and culture of each hotel’s location. Here, she shares a behind the scenes glimpse of the design process and her passion for interiors.
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Lemon & Ricotta Tortellini with Lime Butter
Perfectly formed parcels of pasta, delicately stuffed with creamy ricotta and enlivened with a jolt of citrus. Exclusively from Villa Kennedy’s award-winning Gusto restaurant, this tempting tortellini recipe is simple to prepare but guaranteed to delight dinner guests. Serve with an ice-cold bottle of white and lashings of Parmesan.
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The Most Romantic Places to Propose in Europe
A proposal is an unforgettable moment in a couple’s life together, so make it extra special by whisking your loved one away for a destination engagement. Whether you prefer iconic landmarks, historic sights or breathtaking vistas, Europe is full of locations that offer an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Follow our guide to the most romantic places in Europe to to get down on one knee.
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Winter Roast Goose Recipe
Rich, sweet and earthy, roast goose makes an indulgent alternative to turkey at Christmas. If you’ve not yet planned your festive menu, these sumptuous recipes from Villa Kennedy’s Gusto restaurant will delight your family around the dinner table.
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Treat Your Children to a Spectacular Christmas at Villa Kennedy
Walking through Villa Kennedy’s grand gates this Christmas Eve your family will be transported to a winter wonderland. With thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the entrance. an enchanting home-made gingerbread house awaits inside, stuffed with Christmas cookies, gingerbread and sweets, little guests will be captivated immediately.
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Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style
From romantic European escapes to spellbinding family adventures, whatever type of celebration you’re seeking this New Year’s Eve, welcome 2018 in style with these unforgettable festivities.
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Traditional Seasonal Treats to Try at Europe’s Christmas Markets
Steeped in folklore and myth, these timeless traditional treats have been present at Europe’s Christmas markets for years. When you’re exploring the snow-sprinkled streets this winter, look out for these delectable seasonal delicacies.
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The Most Stylish Places to go Shopping in Frankfurt
High-end brands, independent designers, trendy concept stores – Frankfurt has all this and more. While the city may not necessarily be known as the sleekest of style capitals, in recent years its fashion offering has grown more dramatically than Alexander McQueen’s heels. From the city’s premium Fifth Avenue-style retail street to its vogueish boutique district, Brückenstraße, discover trend-setting shopping in Frankfurt with this guide to the malls, shops and labels upping Germany’s style stakes.
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In the Kitchen with Dario Cammarata
Bringing a taste of Sicily to Frankfurt, Dario Cammarata combines Italian emotion and authenticity with German precision and produce. As Executive Chef at Villa Kennedy, Dario crafts creative menus for Gusto restaurant, where he’s known for his distinctive and flavoursome dishes, such as his Ravioli Green Sauce. We sat down with Dario to talk about his unique cooking style and how to make his famous signature dish.
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How to Travel Healthy with Madeleine Shaw
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the biggest challenges when travelling, as with new cuisines and unusual schedules comes the temptation to let good habits slip. Rocco Forte Hotels has joined forces with Madeleine Shaw, world-renowned trained nutritionist and author of Get The Glow, to tackle this issue and provide guests with guilt-free dining options. Using her years of experience and training, Madeleine has created Rocco Forte Hotels Nourish, a health-focused menu which is available at our restaurants and bars or in guests’ suites. As the new concept launches, we sit down with Madeleine to talk cuisine, philosophies and how travel healthy every time.
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A Guide to Frankfurt's Apple Wine and Where to Drink it
For Frankfurt locals, apple wine is as much a tradition as beer is for the Bavarians of Munich. Delicious, distinctive and surprisingly healthy, apfelwein (to use the German word) has been bringing ‘joie de vivre’ to the city for hundreds of years. Its roots stretch back to the 17th century when the beverage was not only a thirst quencher, but the saviour of the local wine industry. Here, we explore the craft of apple wine making, which is unique to the area.
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Fulvio Pierangelini's Guide to Italian Cuisine
Simple. Fresh. Local. These are the foundations of traditional Italian cuisine. While emulated across the globe, there are few more qualified to talk about Italian food than Fulvio Pierangelini, Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels. The Italian Chef, who’s famous for the success of his Tuscany-based two-Michelin star restaurant Gambero Rosso, was brought on board in 2009 to spearhead Rocco Forte Hotels restaurants and introduce a hearty dose of Italian flair, creativity and harmony to the menus. We sat down with Fulvio to talk about his career in food and the secrets to making excellent, authentic Italian cuisine.
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Celebrating 10 Years at Villa Kennedy
In its lifetime, Villa Kennedy has worn many hats – family home, research institute and five-star hotel. While much has changed over the decades, the Frankfurt villa has maintained a characteristic charm reminiscent of its stately beginnings. As the modern-day hotel approaches its 10-year anniversary, take a look back at the villa’s storied history and discover how to get involved with the upcoming celebrations.
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A Tour of Frankfurt Architecture
Frankfurt’s skyline is a beautiful contradiction. Striking gothic and medieval buildings sit alongside contemporary skyscrapers as the past and present jostle for the limelight in the city centre. While the modern constructions are beautiful, it’s the ancient buildings that fascinate and inspire the most. From the gothic charm of Old Nikolai Church to the medieval Eschenheimer Turm watchtower, there’s plenty to discover on a tour of Frankfurt architecture. Join us as we journey through the ages by virtue of the city’s most striking buildings.
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The Rocco Forte Suite Experience
The finest way to fully indulge in the Rocco Forte Hotels fantasy is by staying in one of our palatial suites. Dreamt up by Director of Design, Olga Polizzi to reflect the history and culture of the hotel and destination, each suite is classic, contemporary and, above all, exclusive. Fresh for the New Year, Rocco Forte Hotels has updated its Suite Experience with three tiers – Suites, Special Suites and Forte Suites. Devised to take the stress out of staying away from home, every element has been considered, from arrival in the country to check-out, and everything in between.
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Valentine’s Day at Rocco Forte Hotels
Valentine’s Day is touted as the most romantic day of the year, and it can be, if planned correctly. This year, instead of buying a thoughtful but predictable gift, go one step further and surprise your loved one with a romantic minibreak for two. As 14th February falls on a Sunday in 2016, it’s the perfect excuse to jet off and celebrate your relationship in style. With so many options available, we’ve put together a list of leading Valentine’s getaways to some of the world’s most romantic cities. Read on to see how Rocco Forte Hotels can make your trip extra special.
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Five of the Best Bars in Frankfurt
The home of German apple wine, or Apfelwein, Frankfurt is famous for its traditional cider taverns. However, those seeking something a little more sophisticated will be rewarded here, too. From experimental bars serving premium spirits to underground speakeasies specialising in craft cocktails, there’s something to suit every mood, if you know where to look. Follow us into the city’s drinking dens, cocktail lounges and German taverns as we tour five of our favourite bars in Frankfurt.
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Welcome to The Notebook
Whether you’re planning a trip or have already touched down, The Notebook is here to excite and inspire. Be it with behind the scenes features and insider guides or articles about the history, culture and ever-evolving food scene in our exceptional host cities, we’ll take you under the skin of each destination and introduce you to the unique story behind our hotels.
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In Conversation with Irene Forte
In keeping with the ‘new year, new you’ tradition, Rocco Forte Hotels is launching a brand new spa concept, bringing five innovative notions together under one umbrella: Rocco Forte Rituals, Forte Organics, Rocco Forte Nourish, Rocco Forte Fitness and Rocco Forte Health. Targeting every element of wellness, from nutrition and exercise to mind, body and soul, Rocco Forte Spas are far more than simply a place to get a quick massage. We sat down with Irene Forte to talk about the inspirations and philosophies behind the new concept, as well as her own thoughts on health and wellness.
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