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S4: Passport to…

Passport to... Running An Iconic Family Hotel

To know the intricacies and complexities of running some of the world’s most illustrious hotels is no small feat, something Carla Sersale of the Le Sirenuse and Lydia Forte, of the Rocco Forte Hotel Group, both know all too well.

During our conversation, the women dove into what lead them down the path of hospitality and how they continue to maintain a historical legacy that means so much to travellers around the world in this week’s Passport to…


Episode Eight, Season Four of Passport to… Running an iconic family hotel.

In this episode, Le Sirenuse c0-owner, Carla Sersale, and Rocco Forte Hotels Director of Food and Beverage, Lydia Forte, join Citizen Femme to talk all about the importance of quality, maintaining a meaningful family legacy, and running some of the most celebrated hotels in the world.

To listen to Episode Eight, Season Four, in full, visit iTunes or Spotify.

Lydia Forte did not always plan on being part of the family business, but after spending her formative years surrounded by dinner time conversations centred around the logistics of luxury hospitality, something sparked her interest. From her first job in hospitality, to her current role as Director of Food and Beverage for Rocco Forte Hotels, she continues to do inspiring and delicious work, carrying on the fourth generation to this hotel empire. Something she does not take lightly, as she
remains rooted in the mission to help the company strive for romantic nostalgia, as well as cutting edge modernity.


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Carla Sersale walks a similar path, marrying into the hospitality business (husband and co-owner Antonio Sersale) where she adopted Le Sirenuse like her own child. After running the hotel now for almost 30 years, she reflected on how different her life would have been if she followed her original plan of criminal law. However, life’s enchanting twists have now granted her the keys to hospitality.

When your name is on the door, the effort and the quality produced must match the execution. Everything is legacy.


To learn more about Le Sirenuse and the Rocco Hotel Group and what makes a family run hotel all the more special, tune in at the link below.

Click to listen on iTunes or Spotify.

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