Retrace the steps of Dante, admire two exciting new art exhibitions and taste the wines of
Tuscany as Florence reopens its 180 historic wine doors
May 2021 – The Savoy Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel will be ready to welcome back guests starting from 13 May, just in time for the spring and summer season as Florence readies itself for a sensational rebirth featuring a host of artistic, cultural and gastronomic experiences.
As Italy commemorates the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, guests of the Savoy can discover Florence and Tuscany by tracings his footsteps through the city and idyllic villages on a journey called the “Le Vie di Dante”. Visit the places in Florence and Tuscany where the great Florentine poet, best known for writing The Divine Comedy, spent his life starting from the typical streets of the city and then onto the villages of Scarperia and San Piero, Borgo San Lorenzo and Marradi. Take a stroll around the corner from the Savoy to the house of Dante and discover the secrets of his estranged true love Beatrice, as well as the Church of Santa Maria dei Cerchi, where the pair were said to have first met before the start of their love story.
In the city, you will have the chance to admire the exteriors of Palazzo Strozzi and its major new installation by acclaimed French contemporary artist JR, whose site-specific artwork La Ferita (The Wound) has reinterpreted the façade of the Renaissance palazzo, to trigger a debate on the accessibility of culture in the age of Covid-19.
From 28 May to 22 August, Palazzo Strozzi will be also hosting American Art 1961–2001, a major exhibition taking a completely new look at the history of modern art in the United States between two key moments in US history, the Vietnam War and the attack on the Twin Towers, with a superb selection of works by such celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson and many others.
Walking around the centre of Florence, food and wine enthusiasts will be able to experience another new” attraction with the comeback of the tiny 180 “buchette del vino”: small “wine windows” emerging from the façades of ancient palaces, and through which, over the course of three centuries, millions of bottles and glasses of local wine were bought and sold. Today, the little holes have been reopened keeping their charm intact and have become the protagonists of fun guided walking and cycling routes through the streets of Florence and the surrounding hills.
Rocco Forte Hotels continues to encourage people to travel again by offering the unmissable package #Inlove with Florence – A sun kissed Florentine break and visit Florence with its Baroque architecture and Renaissance art. Enjoy 15% off the Best Available Rate, a complimentary upgrade, €100 hotel credit for guests to sample the refined cuisine and exquisite Italian wines of Irene Bistro for an unforgettable stay.
NOTES TO THE EDITORS
Offer Valid for stays through August 2021
Starting rate of Euro 502 per room per night + VAT
Founded by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, it is a collection of 15 luxury hotels and resorts with a unique character. All hotels are iconic addresses, both historic and modern, carved out of magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Run by a family that has been involved in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are characterized by a distinctive approach to service, which ensures guests experience the best of the destination and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels includes: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotels Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg. Next openings: Villa Igiea in Palermo and The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2021, The Carlton Milan in 2023.