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The Most Beautiful Churches to See in St Petersburg
Moscow’s legendary cathedrals are famous the world over, but St Petersburg’s colourful churches are things of equal beauty. With ornately-decorated onion domes and vibrantly coloured exteriors, they’re an architectural feast for the eyes. Join us as we explore St Petersburg’s most beautiful churches.
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Renzo Piano at The Royal Academy
From London’s Shard to New York’s Whitney Museum, Renzo Piano’s visionary buildings define the cities they occupy. This autumn, his incredible body of work will be showcased in a fascinating new retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in partnership with Rocco Forte Hotels. Here, RA Head of Architecture and exhibition curator Kate Goodwin reveals its highlights and why Renzo Piano’s buildings are so iconic.
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Secret Sicily with Pierfilippo Spoto
Villages that time forgot. Wild mountainous landscapes. Divine, hand-made produce. There is a pastoral side of Sicily that few get to discover. Verdura Resort’s exclusive U Canuscituri service offers our villa guests an incredible local insider experience. Your Canuscituri (Connoisseur) will create bespoke excursions just for you, that take you to the heart of this enchanting Italian island. Here, Canuscituri Pierfilippo Spoto shares his secrets of Sicily.
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Island-Hopping in the Mediterranean
What could be more alluring than island-hopping across the jewels of the Mediterranean, starting in Barcelona and ending in the splendour of Rome’s Hotel de Russie? With our prestigious partnership with the illustrious Silversea cruises, Rocco Forte Hotels guests can embark on a luxurious adventure on land and sea.
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Olga Polizzi’s Five Interior Design Tips
“Nowadays hotels are more like homes and homes are often more like hotels,” explains Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi. “When I’m designing, I always think about things personally – what would I want in a room?” If you’re looking to transform your home, here, the interior design expert shares her simple tips on how to recreate the elegant atmosphere in her own home.
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The Definitive Roman Experience
A city rich with exquisite monuments and a captivating history, Rome’s heritage begs to be explored. There’s no finer way to get an intimate experience of the Eternal City’s architectural glory than with a stay in Hotel de Russie’s distinguished Valadier Suite.
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5 Things to do in Munich During the Summer with Your Family
From underground adventures to experiences that are out of this world, Munich is packed with family-friendly fun during the summer months. Enjoy the best the Bavarian city has to offer with a stay at The Charles Hotel and get stuck into these fantastic things to do with your family.
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Unmissable Frankfurt Summer Festivals for Families
From carousel rides to movie nights, Frankfurt comes alive with family-friendly festivals during summer. Enjoy the city’s al fresco fiestas with a stay at Villa Kennedy for an unforgettable escape your family will remember for years to come.
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Sharky & George Experience
This summer your kids can have thrilling adventures at Brown’s Hotel, as they become a detective or explorer for the day. In a series of inspirational quests, challenges and races, family party planners extraordinaire, Sharky & George are bringing their zany brand of mischief and mayhem to the hotel with this exciting new partnership.
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A Cultural Tour of Frankfurt's River Main
Frankfurt’s famed Museum Embankment, the Museumsufer, squeezes an incredible array of cultural hotspots into one small stretch of the River Main. Housing everything from antiquities to applied arts, history to film, there are over 10 incredible museums to explore, with even more to be found on neighbouring streets. Join us for a cultural tour along Frankfurt’s River Main.
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A Day Trip to Bruges
With medieval architecture, winding canals, Michelin-starred dining, and world-class art, Bruges is an enchanting Belgian city. Just a 40-minute drive from Hotel Amigo in Brussels, it’s the perfect day trip destination. Be inspired with our Bruges itinerary.
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Six Things You Must do During St Petersburg’s White Nights
During the summer months, the sun never fully sets over St Petersburg, leaving the city bathed in a warm glow. The annual White Nights phenomenon celebrates this magical time of year with a wealth of cultural activities. Embrace Russian culture, food and fun from dusk until dawn with a stay at St Petersburg’s elegant Hotel Astoria.
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Three Must-See Performances at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Celebrating its 81st anniversary this year, the Italian arts festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, is one of the highlights of the cultural season in Florence. With events ranging from opera and dance to concerts and theatrical performances, the festival (May 5th – July 13th 2018) takes place at various iconic locations around the city. Located on the elegant Piazza della Repubblica, a stay at Hotel Savoy puts you in easy reach of the best performances.
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The Best Wild Swimming Spots in Bavaria
Bavaria is home to spectacular outdoor lakes, including the famed ‘Five Lakes’ area, where you can take a plunge in clear, natural waters surrounded by stunning scenery. Pack your swimsuit and join us for a wild swimming tour of the region, all an easy train or car journey from the sumptuous surrounds of The Charles Hotel in Munich.
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A Bird’s-Eye View of Bavaria
With its fairytale castles and carpets of forests, Bavaria is a destination that looks even more astonishing from the air. This summer, The Charles Hotel in Munich is giving guests the opportunity the experience beautiful Bavaria from their own private helicopter. From up high, you can look down on the region’s stunning heritage buildings, like the Baroque Nymphenburg Palace and modern masterpieces such as the Allianz Arena. Flying above the Disney-esque Neuschwanstein Castle, you can peer between its dizzying turrets and feel the drama of the sheer cliffs upon which it’s built, back-dropped by the shimmering Alpsee Lake.
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Irresistible Wedding Gift Ideas
Wedding season is well and truly underway, and with countless occasions in your calendar, choosing what to buy the happy couple is never easy. Be inspired with our wedding gift ideas—experiences that will make a lasting impression and create memories to treasure for a lifetime.
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Celebrating the Most Colourful Time of the Year in Brussels with Hotel Amigo
The centre of Brussels will come alive with colour this summer, thanks to The Flower Carpet. Over 500,000 flowers—spread over 1,800 m2 in the city’s famed Grand-Place—will be used to create an artistic “carpet” of begonias, dahlias, grass and bark. Fragrant and fabulous, the Flower Carpet is one of the highlights of the season in Brussels, and is best enjoyed from Hotel Amigo, mere steps from the Grand-Place.
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How to Pick the Perfect Hat for a Glamorous Occasion by Vivien Sheriff
From formal weddings to glamorous gatherings and garden parties, Vivien Sheriff’s exquisite hats have adorned the heads of high society at the most prestigious events in the summer social calendar. Here, the milliner-to-the-stars and Brown’s Hotel’s Milliner-in-Residence, shares her essential tips for picking the perfect hat.
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Who Will Win the World Cup 2018?
With the World Cup in full flow in Russia, and the last 16 all but finalised, we’ve made our predictions as to who might clinch the title in 2018. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket to see a match in St Petersburg, you’ll still be able to keep up with all the action with live screenings at our hotels.
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A Guide to Berlin’s Botanical Garden
An oasis on the fringes of Berlin’s urban metropolis, the Botanical Garden is a lush paradise bursting with flora and fauna from all over the world. Second largest in world after London’s Kew Gardens, it’s an unmissable leafy retreat when visiting Berlin, especially in the summer when it comes alive with blooms and dazzling events. Let Hotel de Rome organise your picnic hamper!
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Six Ways Your Family Can Have the Ultimate Summer Holiday
Set in acres of unspoilt Sicilian countryside overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is an idyllic family destination. From golfing and tennis to sublime culinary experiences, there’s a wonderful array of activities to captivate your loved ones. Discover Verdura's summer activities for kids and adults and spoil yourselves with the holiday of a lifetime.
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Unmissable Outdoor Events in London this Summer
When the sun shines on London, locals take to the capital’s delightful gardens and green spaces for a season of spectacular outdoor events. If you’re visiting London this year, don’t miss these opportunities to soak up the city’s captivating open-air culture.
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Where to go With Your Family in Rome During Summer
From picnic-ready parks to al fresco cinema screenings, Rome is bursting with family-friendly things to do during the summer. If you’re heading to the Eternal City with your loved ones this season, follow our essential guide.
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Experience the Beauty of Florentine Artisans in the Presidential Suite
With commanding views of Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Hotel Savoy’s Presidential Suite is unmistakably Florentine. Freshly refurbished by Olga Polizzi, its interior is a love letter to local craftsmen and artisans, whose stunning works adorn the two-bedroom suite.
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Unmissable Shows and Exhibitions to See in Florence this Summer
In summer, Florence’s grand galleries, historical palazzos and elegant concert halls come alive with an enthralling season of events. If you’re heading to the alluring Tuscan city this summer, be inspired with these mesmerising exhibitions and shows.
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Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci on the New Hotel Savoy
The iconic Hotel Savoy. The esteemed house of Pucci. Two Florentine legends unite to reimagine a masterpiece. In an extraordinary creative partnership, Laudomia Pucci teamed up with Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi to bring the Tuscan hotel’s grand lobby to life. Marrying its elegant historical features with lively pops of Pucci print and colour, the elegant lobby creates quite the impression when guests step through the door. Here, Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci share the secrets of their incredible creative alliance.
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Olga Polizzi on Florentine Artisans
The home of the Renaissance, Florence has a centuries-long heritage of enchanting design and incredible craftsmanship. When designing the interiors for Hotel Savoy’s stylish new look, Olga Polizzi sought out the finest local artisans to handcraft beautiful bespoke pieces for the hotel.
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The Enduring Allure of Ballet in St Petersburg
The spiritual home of ballet, St Petersburg has had a centuries-long love affair with this poised and elegant dance. It was on St Petersburg’s grand stages that iconic ballets like Swan Lake first debuted, and today, the Russian city showcases the finest performances in the world.
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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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Experience Fornasetti’s Palazzo Altemps Exhibition in Rome
Decorative arts design house, Fornasetti have brought their playful touch to an unmissable new exhibition, Practical Quotes, at Rome’s historic Palazzo Altemps. A 15th century palace housing exquisite Renaissance artworks and antiquities, Palazzo Altemps celebrates its 20th year open to the public with the showcase of over 800 pieces from the Fornasetti archive.
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The Ultimate Easter at Verdura Resort
Set in acres of unspoilt Sicilian countryside overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is an idyllic family destination. From golfing and tennis to the inspirational Verdùland, there’s a wonderful array of amenities to captivate children of all ages. This Easter, spoil them (and yourselves) with the holiday of a lifetime, and they’ll have plenty of stories to share with their classmates back home.
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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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Five Family Friendly Activities in Jeddah
With its incredible new waterfront set to be a dazzling entertainment hub, Jeddah is a fantastic family destination. From adrenaline-fuelled theme parks to outer space adventures, follow us as we bring you some Jeddah‘s finest family friendly activities.
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Alpine Adventures: A Guide to Kitzbühel
A picturesque Austrian town and world-class ski resort, Kitzbühel is all candy-coloured medieval buildings, stylish boutiques and alpine glamour. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Munich, Kitzbühel is the perfect winter destination for an excursion.
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Six Up-and-Coming Designers to Watch this London Fashion Week
Each season, tastemakers look to London Fashion Week to discover the latest cutting-edge designs. A hotbed of emerging talent, London Fashion Week is where the finest new trends are set. As the glittering biannual event approaches, here are six up-and-coming designers to watch out for.
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Who Will Win The 2018 Six Nations?
As January moves into February, the excitement levels in the world of rugby begin to increase as a new 6 Nations Championship comes into view. Spread over two months, the championship is a festival of power, speed and aggression, as some of the world’s best rugby players are pitted against each other. The question is, who will win this year’s 6 Nations?
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H.R.H. Prince Luitpold von Bayern’s Cultural Highlights of Munich
His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold von Bayern offers personal insight into a city steeped in grand history, and intimately tied to his own grand family.
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What to See at St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum this Winter
While St Petersburg’s Winter Palace no longer houses royal Tsars, it does host some of the greatest works of art ever created, as well as an abundance of historical relics. Today, The State Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious galleries. From unmissable temporary exhibitions to iconic works that form part of the permanent collection, here’s what to see when visiting the Hermitage Museum this winter.
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The Ultimate Shopping Weekend in London
With world-class department stores and stylish independent boutiques, London is one of the world’s premiere shopping destinations. In the heart of glamorous Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Bond Street, Regent Street and Dover Street. From chauffeured store trips to indulgent pampering treatments, our shopping weekend in London is brimming with luxurious treats to make your experience extra special.
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Our Concierges’ Christmas Gift List for Children
Be inspired with our concierges’ fantastic pick of delightful gifts for children, found across our European cities. Each one is intrinsically linked to its location, and is certain to be cherished for years to come.
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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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An Unforgettable Christmas for Children at Hotel Amigo
With its spectacular Winter Wonders event and seasonal markets, Brussels is a magical place to explore with your family at Christmas. Located on the historic Grand Place, Hotel Amigo is a captivating destination for guests of all ages, and perfectly positioned to explore on foot. One young guest, Justine, was captivated by her stay last Christmas. Here, she tells us all about her festive adventure in Brussels.
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2018 Travel Experiences for Under Tens
From outdoor adventures to fun cerebral activities, inspire their imaginations with these exciting European travel experiences for under tens. Our expert concierge can curate the perfect day out for your whole family.
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf at Verdura Resort
When playing the gentleman’s sport of golf, it’s vital to look the part, act like a pro and follow the rules, especially when frequenting world-class courses like the East and West courses at Verdura Resort. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the first step to playing a successful game of golf is to master the etiquette. Follow this quintessential gentleman’s guide to golf and you’ll never put a foot out of place.
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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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48 Hours in Rome: A Christmas Shopping Itinerary
With endless luxury stores and beautiful independent boutiques, there are few better locations for a Christmas shopping spree than stylish Rome. Why not combine your Christmas shopping with an alluring escape to the Eternal City, staying at the enchanting Hotel de Russie?
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Perfect Party Dressing with Victoria Beckham
In the heart of fashionable Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is perfectly positioned to access London’s most glamorous boutiques. From Christian Dior to Cartier, you’ll discover the finest clothing, jewellery, art and antiques in this exquisite corner of the capital. White-hot fashion label, Victoria Beckham has a boutique neighbouring Brown’s. Follow the brand’s style and beauty highlights for the winter season below, so you can truly dress to impress this Christmas.
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What to Buy the Discerning Gentleman this Christmas
Whatever the interests of the gentleman in your life, we’ve curated an exceptional Christmas gift guide from the best European boutiques. From stylish, covetable accessories to exhilarating experiences, we’ve got Christmas wrapped.
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Kodomo’s Cass Chapman on Travelling with a Baby
After having her daughter in 2011, luxury lifestyle journalist Cass Chapman launched Kodomo; a travel authority for parents travelling with babies and children. A seasoned globetrotter herself, Cass clocked up plenty of air miles with her two newborns in tow. Here, she reveals the joys of journeying with a baby.
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Exciting Tours for Teens
From bird’s-eye-view helicopter rides to thrilling Halloween activities, keep teenage boredom at bay on your next European getaway with one of these exciting city tours. Whichever destination you decide to visit, our knowledgeable concierges can give your family the keys to the city by effortlessly organising your chosen tour or activity.