ROCCO FORTE HOTELS ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF VILLA IGIEA, THE ICONIC PALERMO HOTEL, ON 3 JUNE 



Rocco Forte Hotels opens the newly renovated Villa Igiea on 3rd June,
expanding its Sicilian portfolio 

 
3rd JUNE, PALERMO: Rocco Forte Hotels, the prestigious family-run hotel group, led by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister, Olga Polizzi, is proud to unveil the newly restored Villa Igiea. Opening today June 3rd, the historical Art Nouveau palazzo overlooking the Gulf of Palermo, originally designed by Ernesto Basile commissioned by the influential Florio family, returns to its former splendour as a jewel of the Mediterranean.

Villa Igiea’s location, nestled between land and sea, makes it a perfect base to discover the extensive cultural heritage of Palermo, which provides visitors with enchanting sights and unique experiences. Built in 1900, the historic palazzo has been meticulously renovated by Olga Polizzi, Deputy Chairperson & Design Director of Rocco Forte Hotels, in collaboration with renowned architects Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen of Nicholas Haslam Studios

Over the last two years, the intricate restoration process has enhanced the hotel’s charm and renovated the building's Belle Époque feel. Villa Igiea’s allure has been reinstated, combining the architectural grandeur of the past with contemporary comfort of the 21st century in the design and style of Rocco Forte Hotels.

Commenting on the opening of Villa Igiea, Sir Rocco Forte, CEO and Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, said: "Villa Igiea is an iconic building which, like its original owner Franca Florio, is a grand lady of charm and elegance and a symbol of hospitality. It has been the focal point of the city of Palermo for over 100 years hosting artists, emperors and the Hollywood elite, enraptured by the wonders of Sicily. I am so proud to be part of the history of this remarkable hotel and to have had the chance to restore it to its original splendour."

Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels Fulvio Pierangelini will oversee the Florio Restaurant, the Igiea Terrazza Bar and the Alicetta Pool Bar, serving delicious Sicilian flavours with unmistakable expertise. Each restaurant will portray the culinary history of Sicily - “a simple, but not simplistic cuisine, which is sincere and unrestrained; respect for little everyday gestures which perfect the island's thousand-year-old culinary art, realising au gout du jour marvels; this cuisine embodies family, generosity and femininity" chef Pierangelini comments.

The Florio Restaurant welcomes guests into an elegant and refined, yet joyful atmosphere, typical of seaside Grand Hotels.  The muted colours of the interior design, and the large floor-to-ceiling windows which reveal wondrous views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, recall the golden age. Seasonal produce, harvested locally and from the Verdura Resort vegetable garden, along with fresh fish and crustaceans, pasta, fried delicacies and arancini are just some of the ingredients of this natural, authentic cuisine.

Suspended between the botanic gardens and the Mediterranean Sea, the Igiea Terrazza Bar, is reminiscent of Edwardian high society and boasts marvellous frescoes by Palermo artist Eugenio (Geno) Morici. A wide selection of Florio liquors and drinks from the “Spirit of Igiea” cocktail list designed by the maestro Salvatore Calabrese, is inspired by Sicilian fragrances and illustrious guests who have honoured hotel the with their presence. Open from lunchtime, the bar serves a range of snacks and main dishes as well as the “Leggero by Fulvio Pierangelini” menu with its many healthy, flavourful delights. 

Housed in a pavilion reminiscent of Palazzo Butera, the Alicetta Pool Bar offers a tasty menu of the day with Sicilian specialities as well as raw fish dishes, sashimi, seafood, fresh fish and crustaceans ready to be grilled. Local steamed and grilled vegetables and rich mixed salads will complete the menu, with pizza and filled focaccias baked in the outdoor oven. The tempting sweet trolley offers a selection of fresh fruit and home-made ice-creams.

For the opening of Villa Igiea, the Concierge team has created a series of itineraries, which guarantee unforgettable memories, and allow guests to get to know Palermo, the city of a thousand faces. With its eight UNESCO heritage sites and the intense colours and scents of the local markets, this Mediterranean gem offers endless inspiration for discovering the city's historical, architectonic and landscape delights. You can choose from the “Jewish Palermo”, “The Leopard Tour”, “Local market tour with cooking lesson”, decide to take the “Florio trail” or explore the island's coastal roads on a Porsche cabriolet in complete freedom and much more.
 

PRESS  NOTES
 
Introductory Offer
 
Package includes:
Unmissable 20% off room rates
A daily breakfast
 
Reserve the majestic George V, Igiea or Donna Franca Suite and enjoy complimentary return transfers from and to Palermo’s Airport/train station.
For more information and reservations, please email reservations.villaigiea@roccofortehotels.com or call +39 0632888590
 
STARTING FROM €416
 
For bookings or further information:
E-mail reservations.villaigiea@roccofortehotels.com or call +39 0632888590
 
Rocco Forte Hotels 
This collection of 15 luxury hotels and resorts, founded by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, is unique. All the hotels are situated in iconic locations, whether historic or modern, carved out within magnificent buildings in exceptional positions. Managed by a family with four generations of experience in the hospitality business, these hotels feature a distinct service approach, giving guests the chance to experience the very best of the destination and the surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels includes: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte House Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Rocco Forte Villas, Villa Igiea Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, Saint Petersburg.
 
In partnership with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the Rocco Forte Hotels group - an important player in Italian tourism development - is continuing its expansion in Italy and, as already announced, in 2023, will launch The Carlton in Milan's fashion district.
 
Opening soon: The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2021, The Carlton in Milan in 2023.