Food & Drink

Sommelier to the Stars, Filippo Bartolotta on Italian Wine
What super-sommelier Filppo Bartolotta doesn’t know about Italian wine isn’t worth knowing. The wine authority has shared his expertise with an elite that includes a US president and Hollywood’s A-list. Here, Filippo reveals his insider secrets on Italian wine, from what to drink to what makes it so special.
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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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Sole with Asparagus and Green Peas
Exclusively from Hotel Amigo’s Ristorante Bocconi, this sensational sole recipe is fresh, fragrant and simple to prepare at home. It makes the ultimate summer dish and is best eaten al fresco with friends alongside ice-cold rosé.
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Getting to Know Chef Alain Roux
Part of the esteemed Roux cooking dynasty, Alain Roux is a man who needs little introduction. Son of Michel Roux OBE and cousin of Michel Jr, the master chef has been responsible for some of the UK’s most respected eateries. As he opens his new Brasserie Prince restaurant at The Balmoral, we celebrate Alain Roux’s magic culinary touch.
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Filippo Bartolotta on How to Taste Wine Like A Pro
From the Obamas to Dustin Hoffman, super sommelier Filippo Bartolotta has wowed the palates of some of the world’s most famous faces. Whether you’re a newcomer to the wine world or a discerning oenophile, here Filippo shares his top tips on how to get the best out of your bottle.
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Berlin’s Best Rooftop Bars
Summer city living means one thing: al fresco libations in the balmy evening sun, sky-high in the air with landmark views around you. Germany’s capital is bursting with stylish rooftop bars that offer the ultimate summertime experience. Join us for a cocktail as we seek out the best rooftop bars in Berlin.
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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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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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The Balmoral’s Scottish Shortbread
Soft, crumbly and sweet: there’s nothing quite like traditional Scottish shortbread. This simple recipe, exclusively from The Balmoral, is easy for little chefs to get stuck into, and the delicious end result is something the whole family can enjoy together. Serve alongside a quintessentially British cup of tea.
Edinburgh
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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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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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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Heinz Beck’s Cacio e Pepe
In celebration of Chef Heinz Beck’s arrival at Brown’s Hotel, we’re sharing this exclusive recipe for his signature Cacio e Pepe, which appears on the menu at Beck at Brown’s. Perfectly plump prawns intermingle with a lively Pecorino and pepper sauce in this indulgent recipe. Simple to prepare and utterly delicious, it’s the perfect al fresco dish to enjoy on long summer evenings. Serve with ice-cold Gavi de Gavi and good company.
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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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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.
Rome
What’s Cooking at Irene Bistro with Fulvio Pierangelini
Irene is Florence’s ultimate destination to savour sublime Tuscan cuisine and tantalising cocktails infused with homegrown flavours. With a playful spirit and vibrant dishes, the stylish bistro makes the perfect spot to unwind with friends and family. Dining al fresco at Irene’s chic terrace on the Piazza della Repubblica surrounded by centuries of Renaissance architecture is a truly unforgettable experience.
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