28th November , 2023

Special Honour for Sir Rocco Forte


Sir Rocco Forte has been honoured with the Leonardo International Award in recognition of his efforts in advancing the development of luxury tourism within Italy.


The prestigious Leonardo Awards pay tribute to top company representatives and owners in their international roles as ‘ambassadors’ of Italy.


The awards were presented at Palazzo Montecitorio by the Minister of Enterprise Adolfo Urso, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, whilst Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella will welcomed the winners to Palazzo del Quirinale the following week.


The 2023 Leonardo Awards marks the 30th anniversary of the Leonardo Committee, which was established by Gianni Agnelli and Sergio Pininfarina to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in promoting Italy abroad and act as spokespeople for its enterprise and creativity through their stories of leadership and success.


The 2023 Leonardo International Award acknowledges the importance of Sir Rocco Forte as the company’s Chairman, and Rocco Forte Hotels in the development of high-quality tourism in Italy, reinforcing the Group’s position as the national benchmark and leader in luxury hospitality in the country.


This photo credit:  Det Kempe


In 1994, Sir Rocco was declared Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito, the highest  order of Knighthood awarded by presidential decree within the Italian Republic.


The Order is conferred upon Italians who have provided exemplary labour and achievements to the Republic.