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Unearthing the rich flavours and history of Tuscan cuisine

As the weather gets colder, Hotel Savoy in Florence has introduced just the thing to warm the heart and soul with the introduction of their new Tuscan Culinary Retreat. 

Curated by star Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, enjoy a Tuscan immersive retreat with an unforgettable blend of culture, cuisine and discovery. His passion for simple ingredients, cooked well, has constantly seen him at the forefront of the culinary industry, and the ability to learn from him first-hand is a rare and exceptional opportunity.

Experience a remarkable 4-day culinary odyssey through the heart of Tuscany, highlighted by an immersive truffle hunting experience alongside Guilio, the Savoy’s Truffle Concierge, followed by a hillside lunch featuring freshly harvested delicacies. Guests will also enjoy a visit to Lorenzo Villoresi’s private Museum of Scent, a very noble dinner and tour at the aristocratic Palazzo Gondi, a hands-on pasta-making class, a guided wine-tasting session, and a memorable wine cellar lunch at the Antinori.

Rocco Forte Hotels announced its forthcoming series of seasonally led Italian culinary retreats, titled, Culinary Secrets of Italy, curated to offer an immersive exploration of the diverse and captivating world of Italian gastronomy. The next one is planned in Palermo in Spring 2024.

Commenting on the philosophy that is the cornerstone of launching these special retreats across Italy, Fulvio says: “I try to imagine dishes that resemble the place that you’re in, no matter where it is in the world. I also choose premium local products that reflect the different seasons and cultural sensitivities.”

Truffle & Friends in Tuscany: Unveiling the Treasures of the Land

29 November – 3 December 2023
4 nights at Hotel Savoy
Breakfast daily
Return transfer from the airport
All excursions on the itinerary
Lunch and dinner daily
Tuscan hamper by Fulvio Pierangilini
Rates start from €1,235/per night

The Cuisine of Palermo: A Symphony of Flavour and Art

Spring 2024
4 nights at Villa Igiea
Complimentary breakfast daily
Return transfer from the airport
All excursions on the itinerary
Lunch and dinner daily

About Rocco Forte Hotels

Established by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 14 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.

Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie and Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Rocco Forte Private Villas and Villa Igiea, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.

Future openings in 2024 include The Carlton Milan, Rocco Forte House Milan, and Sardinia.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Interesting that Rocco Forte Milan is opening in 2024. I’ll keep my eyes open for a date for that one. I’ve still not been to Milan and staying at the Rocco Forte would be a luxurious way to arrive.

  2. Going on a truffle hunt has been on my bucket list for a long time. Finally, this could be my opportunity to put a tick by that ambition.

    1. You’re not the only one!

      When I’ve been in Italy I’ve heard all sorts of dramatic stories about the intrigue and rivalry over truffle hunting. Surely there must be some novels or films based on truffle hunting rivalries? If not it must be time that a writer produced one.

  3. So many people I know have a thing about Tuscany. It could be the architecture, the food, the landscape, the wine or perhaps all of them. One friend even goes there every October for some golf.

    I can’t see many people who wouldn’t be tempted by these itineraries. I certainly am!

  4. I’ve got this vision of a meeting between Guilio and the school’s careers teacher when Guilio asks what qualifications you need to be a truffle concierge,

    1. There’s going to be plenty of people who will see these Italian experiences as a perfect birthday treat or putting the Palermo trip on their Christmas list. I’m going to be one of them.

    2. There was a time when Tuscany was known as Chiantishire such was the love of the region from us English. It really has so much going for it that Tuscany has to be most people’s favourite Italian region.

  5. The thing is that it’s not just in the winter that Tuscan chefs hit the spot with Tuscan winter warmers they get the tone right in the summer too with lighter pasta dishes and great salads.

  6. Fulvio makes a good point about food reflecting its environment and the local culture. After all that’s why so many of us travel. If you’re going to sample Tuscan food you’re going to want to do it at the highest level with premium ingredients.

  7. What an incredible present the 4 day Tuscany experience would make? Wine-tasting, pasta-making, a palatial setting for a celebratory dinner and luxurious accommodation- it really would be the ultimate birthday present.

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