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Flavia Mazzarini on why children love autumn at Verdura Resort
Our Sicilian resort is a favourite summer destination among families. From mornings playing by the pool to athletic afternoons at the Sports Academies, there’s plenty to inspire younger guests. But the fun doesn’t stop when summer ends. Verdura Resort’s Head of Guest Relations, Flavia Mazzarini, shares how children and families can make the most of the autumn half term in Sicily.
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How personalised experiential travel is reshaping the industry
Experiential itineraries are at the leading edge of the travel industry, with clients seeking bespoke, curated experiences over one-size-fits-all, generic tours. Travel is no longer about ticking monuments off a checklist, it is about delving deeply and personally into a destination, developing an intimate sense of place and animated dinner party storytelling.
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A chance for families to cycle with a champion: Mario Cipollini at Verdura Resort Cycling Academy
We're delighted to announce that taking a leading role in Verdura Resort's Cycling Academy for 2019 is one of Italy's most celebrated professional road cyclists, Mario Cipollini. Nicknamed the 'Lion King' during his illustrious career, which spanned almost two decades and saw him break several world records, he had 42 stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and 12 stage wins in the Tour de France.
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A guilt-free twist on classic caponata
A traditional, healthy Sicilian dish, caponata’s main ingredient is always aubergine, although the complementary vegetables and herbs vary from region to region. Sometimes used as a delicious accompaniment to meat or fish, it also makes an enticing and colourful main dish, suitable for vegetarians.
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Up close and personal with our Forte Suites
Each of our hotels is meticulously designed to accentuate the culture, history and aesthetic ethos of our host cities. In particular, our Forte Suites—the largest and most glamorous of our personalised suites—have been designed to give guests a rich sense of place, creating a timeless elegance that seamlessly blends the old and the new, the contemporary and the antique. But sometimes, look and feel is not enough. In order to enhance our guests’ understanding and enjoyment of our destinations, we’ve developed a series of intimate insider experiences, available when booking our exclusive Forte Suites.
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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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The joys of summer in Sicily
The Ultimate Sicilian summer retreat, in addition to its spectacular natural beauty, Verdura Resort offers its guests an irresistible assortment of seasonal activities. From exclusive fine dining events with celebrated international chefs to a children’s sports academy led by superstar athletes, Verdura has all the ingredients for an unforgettable summer.
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Verdura’s Sicilian lemon granita
Lemon granita is a wonderfully refreshing treat and best enjoyed on a hot Sicilian summer’s day. At Verdura Resort, we’ve taken our passion for the dish to a whole new level and have created a lemon granita workshop for guests in the nearby town of Sciacca. Created in partnership with a local pastry shop, guests will learn how to make an authentic lemon granita using the finest Sicilian citrus fruit. For those who’d like to bring a taste of Sicilian sunshine to their own kitchen, here’s Verdura’s very own lemon granita recipe.
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An unforgettable family Easter at Verdura Resort
Flooded with spring sunshine and filled with the delicate scent of orange blossom, the Sicilian countryside is in full bloom at Easter. This beautiful time of year is also a season of celebration at Verdura Resort, with a special programme of Easter activities available to guests of all ages.
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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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Fantastic New Experiences for Spring
From horse riding in London's Hyde Park to street art in Rome and a special ceramics masterclass in Sicily, your clients have a wealth of exciting new experiences to choose from. Take advantage of our latest experiences and adventures when booking an escape this spring.
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WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE SKY: EXPLORING THE EGADI ISLANDS BY YACHT
Located 10 miles off the coast of Sicily, the Egadi Islands sit within the sparkling, cerulean waters of the Mediterranean. The rocky, mountainous landscape hides a long history that dates to the Palaeolithic era, and the pace of life moves slowly here. The small population and unspoilt natural beauty are protected by the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve dedication.
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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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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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