Everyone needs a holiday this year – and what could be more enjoyable than sunshine, alfresco adventures and delicious Tuscan cuisine in the company of friends and family? The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is a city to wander in wonder and the perfect destination to celebrate newfound freedoms and grand reunions. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, is located on the magnificent Piazza della Repubblica, mere moments from the majesty of the Duomo, and is a luxurious base from which to explore.
This year will be a special summer in Florence for many reasons; in particular, it is the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy and one of the most influential figures in both Italian and world literature. A series of events are being held in his honour throughout the country, and Hotel Savoy has put together an exclusive walking tour through Dante’s hometown of Florence, highlighting the history of the sights frequented by the ‘father of Italian poetry’. The tour begins at the writer’s childhood home, which has been converted into a museum dedicated to his work, then meanders through Florence’s picturesque streets to explore the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Cerchi, where he got married, and the Palazzo Vecchio, where a mask of Dante's face is on show.
Perhaps one of the most charming ways to discover the historic centre of Florence, steeped in Unesco-protected sites and an unparalleled sense of history, is by bicycle. The tour marries incredible vistas with a sense of freedom, and the team at Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, match your interests with riverside routes and history-packed trails. Each itinerary can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities. Embrace the great outdoors and experience the simple joy of the breeze in your hair as you cycle past picturesque landmarks and postcard-perfect views.
The magnificent mid-16th century Boboli Gardens, located behind Palazzo Pitti, remain an oasis of tranquillity amongst the hustle and bustle of 21st century Florence, and are filled with bright colours in spring and soft scents throughout the summer. Blooming flowers and plenty of shade provide a wonderful backdrop to leisurely picnics and afternoons spent soaking up the warm Tuscan sunshine. One of the first, and finest, examples of the Italian garden, this is a magical space that everyone can enjoy and has inspired many royal gardens across Europe, including Versailles.
With a history which can be traced back to 1385, the Antinori vineyard in the Chianti Classico region is a place where tradition and innovation coexist in perfect harmony. This extraordinary winery showcases the past, present and future of the Antinori family, affirming the ancient bond with their ancestral territory. Guests visiting the winery can choose from a selection of tailor-made experiences, including an exclusive private wine tasting or an atmospheric private dinner served in the wine cellar. For an extra special treat, indulge in a tasting menu and wine pairing at Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria di Passignano.
With a collection of 14 uniquely individual hotels and resorts, each property in the Rocco Forte collection is imbued with a sense of style inspired by its location, brought to life by Sir Rocco Forte and world-renowned interior designer Olga Polizzi.
This summer, guests can enjoy the very best of Europe with a range of exclusive experiences, from private after-hours tour of the Vatican with Hotel de la Ville and exploring the secret inner sanctum of Marina Gisich Art Gallery in St Petersburg with Hotel Astoria, to hot air ballooning over Puglia with Masseria Torre Maizza and a chance to meet iconic designers in London with Brown’s Hotel. Guests can enjoy extraordinary savings of up to 20 per cent on hotel stays with Forte Escapes throughout the summer.
Enter our exclusive competition below for the chance to win a fabulous holiday at Hotel Savoy. One lucky winner can look forward to two nights in Florence, staying at the breath-taking Hotel Savoy in a junior suite, and an array of VIP amenities. Enjoy a delicious three-course à la carte feast of Tuscan delicacies created by the Michelin-starred Italian chef Fulvio Pierangelini included in your stay, the perfect way to toast a memorable trip as you gaze out across the spectacular Piazza della Repubblica from the hotel’s restaurant, Irene.
To enter, simply sign up to the Rocco Forte Friends programme and begin to enjoy exclusive benefits, as and when you are ready to travel again. Once you have signed up, you will be automatically entered into the prize draw and you’ll also receive an additional 15 per cent to save on dining and wellness treatments across all of our properties. Buona fortuna!
Sign up to Rocco Forte Friends now for your chance to win an exclusive holiday in Florence with Rocco Forte Hotels. Enter now