Culture

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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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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Exquisite Europe: An opera lover’s adventure in Berlin
Germany is truly an unparalleled destination for opera lovers, and Berlin is home to some of the country’s most renowned concert venues and orchestras. Komische Oper stages a variety of performances and the Deutsche Oper offers the largest auditorium, but Staatsoper Berlin is both the most beautiful and the oldest. Home to the Berlin State Opera for over 250 years, a visit to this historic venue is an unforgettable experience.
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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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A joint commitment to architecture and the environment: The Rocco Forte Hotels Architecture Prize
Reflected throughout our properties, Rocco Forte Hotels’ passion for art is one of the founding pillars of the brand. We’ve proven our commitment over the years, not least by supporting a number of events and exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, including last year’s architectural display, Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings.
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Welcome to Masseria Torre Maizza
Set on the shores of the Adriatic and shrouded by ancient olive trees, Masseria Torre Maizza captures the heart and soul of Puglia. This 16th-century masseria has seen generations of farmers carefully tend the estate’s orchards, vineyards and groves, pressing the fragrant olive oil this region is famous for. Cicadas buzz in the bushes and the waves gently break on the beaches, the waters teeming with startlingly fresh fish and seafood.
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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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New Adventures
From a British murder mystery in Mayfair to cutting-edge art in Berlin’s Mitte district, unlock unforgettable group experiences with Rocco Forte Hotels. Entertaining and informative, your clients will be talking about these adventures for years to come.
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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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Frankfurt’s New Old Town
This autumn, Frankfurt presents the most important project the city has seen in decades. A groundbreaking development, Frankfurt’s new Old Town, otherwise known as the DomRömer district, has completely transformed the medieval centre of the city, with dazzling results.
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Exquisite Europe: the magic of Munich with Nymphenburg
From a bespoke 5-course dinner on your rooftop terrace to an indulgent Bavarian spa treatment and exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Nymphenburg Castle, The Charles Hotel is offering its guests an extraordinary opportunity to experience the beauty and history of Munich.
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Palina Kozyrava on fashion and Frankfurt
The brains behind one of Germany’s leading fashion blogs, Palina Kozyrava is an authority on the latest trends and best places to shop. Here, she shares her guide to Frankfurt’s most fashionable addresses.
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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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Tommaso Ziffer on the design of Hotel de la Ville
Opening in May 2019, Hotel de la Ville combines the elegant traditions of the Grand Tour with a chic, contemporary aesthetic. Acclaimed architect and interior designer Tommaso Ziffer was born in Rome and has an innate understanding of Roman style, and together with Olga Polizzi he is responsible for the sophisticated renovation of this stunning 18th-century palazzo.
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Exquisite Europe: sky high adventures in Rome
Experience the beauty and majesty of the Roman countryside from above on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. In the peace and stillness of the morning light, glide silently above the beautiful, rolling landscape of Lazio, admiring its vineyards and historic villages as you go.
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Frankfurt’s most immersive museums
With an entire riverbank dedicated to art and culture, Frankfurt is a fantastic city to explore on a family holiday. But instead of dragging the kids around grand, stuffy museums, why not try something a little more interactive? From science shows to painting classes and fun, hands-on exhibitions, these immersive museums in Frankfurt will keep them entertained for hours.
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Fantastic family adventures to have in Rome
Whether flying over the city in a helicopter, following ancient trails on horseback or picking up a sword for a gladiator battle, there are some incredible adventures waiting for you and your family in Rome with a stay at Hotel de la Ville.
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The Edinburgh Festival for kids An interview with Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man
An exciting, fun-filled occasion, the Edinburgh Festival is the perfect excuse to plan a family escape to the Scottish capital. Perfect for kids of all ages, Louis Pearl’s weird and wonderful bubble show has been delighting festival audiences for over a decade. As he prepares for another summer of shows, he shares his top tips for enjoying the Edinburgh Festival with kids.
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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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HOTEL DE LA VILLE’S 21ST CENTURY GRAND TOUR
Located at the top of Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps, our newest property, Hotel de la Ville, pays homage to the European Grand Tour. During the 18th and 19th centuries, young gentlemen were sent on a tour of Europe, intended to enlighten and educate. Rome was an essential stop on every tour, as the city’s long history reaching from the ancient to the Renaissance yielded a wealth of culture.
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Experience the Internazionali BNL d’Italia
One of the most anticipated spring sporting events in Italy, the Italian Open, or Internazionali BNL d’Italia, takes place each May in Rome. The Open is one of the most important clay tennis tournaments on the tour, second to the French Open. First played at the Foro Italico in 1935, a stadium inspired by the Roman forums of old, the tournament is still played at the same location on the banks of the Tiber.
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Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea
Villa Kennedy’s perfect scones a teatime favourite, there’s nothing quite so delicious mid-afternoon as a warm scone, fresh from the oven and slathered in clotted cream and jam. Homemade scones are a mainstay of Villa Kennedy’s much-loved Afternoon Tea service, and this February the hotel will be hosting a very special Afternoon Tea inspired by Lewis Carroll’s enchanting story Alice In Wonderland.
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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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Mozart for Millennials: How German Opera Found a New Audience
Radical, charismatic, and committed to taking a “fresh, challenging and courageous artistic approach”, Artistic Director Matthias Schulz is responsible for the major renovation of Berlin’s Staatsoper. Having relaunched this iconic landmark, he’s now on a mission to make younger generations fall in love with opera. Here he explains to Gordon Debus, the General Manager of our nearby Hotel de Rome how…
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Scotland v Italy: A Sporting Legacy
On Saturday 2nd February at 2.15pm the whistle will blow, signalling the start of another titanic battle between Scotland and Italy on the hallowed turf of Murrayfield. Over the course of the last decade the clashes between these two countries, one an established nation of the old order and the other an upstart recently promoted to the cream of northern hemisphere rugby, have been tense, passionate and close encounters.
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The Rocco Forte Christmas Gift Guide for Boys and Girls
Add a little extra sparkle to your Christmas shopping this year with our gift guide for boys and girls. Whether you choose an exciting experience or a toy that will be treasured for years to come, each gift will remind them of your family holiday in our host cities.
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How to Have Fun with the Kids in St Petersburg
From painting porcelain to treasure hunts and puppet shows, St Petersburg offers all kinds of fun ways for little visitors to experience Russian history and culture.
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How to Bring Ancient Rome to Life
When in Rome, do as the Romans do — the ancient Romans, that is! From gladiator training and treasure hunts to cultural adventures, bring the city’s sights and splendour to life on a family holiday at Hotel de Russie.
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Bringing the Smurfs to Life
Belgium is famous for its comics, but few characters can compete with the beloved blue Smurfs. First brought to life in the 1950s, the franchise celebrates its 60th birthday this year (the same birthday that Hotel Amigo is celebrating) and to mark the occasion, the Smurfs are jumping off the page and into real life at Brussels Expo’s sensational Smurf Experience.
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Meet the Makers: Germany's Finest Artisanal Brands
The marriage of tradition and modernity lies right at the heart of Rocco Forte Hotels’ design philosophy. As a brand, we’re committed to building on the illustrious history of of our properties, whilst creating a destination that dazzles the modern traveller.
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An Italian Christmas Panettone with a Flemish Twist
For Italians, nothing quite says Christmas like panettone. Baked until golden, deliciously sweet and fragrant with spices, it has all the festive flavours one could wish for.
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The Glittering Splendour of Faberge
There is no name that evokes the extravagance and opulence of Imperial Russia more than Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Romanov dynasty. Painstakingly crafted by hand from gold and platinum and decorated with thousands of glittering diamonds and finished with exquisite details, Fabergé’s Imperial Eggs are truly breathtaking. From 1885 until the revolution he produced 50 eggs for the Imperial Russian court, 43 of which still survive today.
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The Magic of the Festive Season in Rome
Christmas in Rome is magical, and the Romans embrace it with both arms. Throughout the festive season, the city is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts, the sound of choirs singing festive hymns and shop windows twinkling with illuminations.
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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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Berlin's Alternative Christmas Markets
Steaming mugs of Glühwein, sizzling Bratwurst sausages and traditional wooden stalls, Germany is famous for its atmospheric (and aromatic) Christmas markets
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A Glittering Christmas with De Grisogono at Hotel de Russie
Featuring a spectacular five-metre-high Christmas tree festooned with hundreds of lights, golden baubles and diamond decorations, Hotel de Russie will be dressed up for the festive season this year by fine Swiss jeweller De Grisogono.
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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 2019 in style with these unforgettable festivities.
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Five Unforgettable Group Experiences in Brussels
Organizing a successful event is about both creating spaces to network and learn as well as memories that linger long in the consciousness. One of the reasons we love Brussels is because of the eclectic range of experiences on offer across the city, from the vibrant arts scene and wealth of beautiful architecture to its reputation for gourmet excellence and proximity to Belgium’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are five incredible group experiences that will make your event truly memorable.
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Why You Should Plan Your Next Event in Frankfurt
Many people simply see Frankfurt as Germany’s financial heart. But this does a disservice to the city’s rich artistic and cultural heritage, pioneering design projects, superb local beers and award-winning wines from nearby Mosel. Villa Kennedy is the perfect base from which to develop the most extraordinary event in Frankfurt.
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How to Spend a Five-Day Corporate Retreat or Incentive Trip at Verdura Resort
Dramatic seaside views. Fragrant orange and olive groves. Swaying palms and the scent of wild rosemary. Verdura Resort is a not your usual corporate retreat. Whether you’re planning a large group getaway or a more intimate event, our fully-equipped meeting rooms, superb facilities and stunning sea view rooms are guaranteed to keep clients happy.
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A Clubber’s Guide to Berlin
Berlin’s legendary nightlife scene needs no introduction. Whether you’re dancing to house music on a floating terrace or sipping cocktails in a former swimming pool, go behind the velvet rope with our clubber’s guide to Berlin.
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Exploring the Islands of the Firth of Forth
A group of islands that includes spectacular nature reserves, a spooky 15th-century prison and even the rumour of hidden ancient Egyptian treasure, the Firth of Forth is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a fascinating history. Located within driving distance of The Balmoral and best explored by boat, here’s what to look out for on a sailing trip around the islands.
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A Festive Gift Guide to Artisan Shopping in Rome
At Christmas time, Rome’s shopping streets are filled with Italian fashion brands tempting passers-by with beautiful displays and opulently dressed windows. However, while fresh-off-the-runway items from designer labels make excellent gifts, they’re rarely unique. This festive season, why not treat your loved ones to a more personal, bespoke creation with a one-off piece of jewellery, clothing or an accessory that’s been handmade by Rome’s best artisans. Discover a world of Italian craftsmanship with this guide to shopping in Rome.
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A Christmas to Remember with Brown’s Hotel and Boodles
Two brands that epitomise superlative British style, Brown’s Hotel has joined forces with Mayfair fine jeweller Boodles for a show-stopping Christmas season. More than just neighbours on Albemarle Street, both companies are family-run businesses with creativity and exceptional service at the heart of what they do.
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Meet Mayfair’s Artisans of Luxury
Home to many of Britain’s most talented jewellers, tailors, shoemakers and designers, Mayfair has maintained its reputation for exclusive handcrafted items for centuries.
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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 is showcased in a fascinating retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in partnership with Rocco Forte Hotels.
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Five Reasons to Visit Edinburgh This Autumn
If its iconic castle and atmospheric medieval lanes weren’t enough, there’s plenty Edinburgh has to offer, especially in autumn. From surrealist Scottish painting to ghostly theatre productions, join us for an exploration of the historic city’s cultural highlights this coming season.
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