Istria has been a special part of the Adriatic since the old times. The unique, tranquil beauty of the countryside and the fertility of the land have made it possible for the peninsula’s inhabitants to thrive without relying on the sea.
And that is why small, secluded, picturesque places and estates exist, not far from the coast, but nestled among the richer, greener beauty, hidden in Istria’s inland.
Brtonigla is an idyllic example of a small, historic Istrian town, and the San Rocco Hotel is a representative of a picturesque, peaceful, beautiful Istrian estate. Hotel San Rocco is named after Saint Rocco, a locally revered saint whose day is celebrated every year. Surrounded by a beautiful park and centuries-old olive groves, San Rocco offers an ideal setting for contemplation, peace, and tranquility, coupled with first class service.
San Rocco is a family estate and has been run by the Fernetich family for over 160 years. All four types of Istria’s colored soils can be found here: red, black, white, and grey. The variety of soil helps grow beautiful grapes and olives. The olive grove surrounding the hotel has thrived for over a century and was planted by the Fernetichs' great-grandfather. Each fall the olives are harvested and turned into San Rocco’s divine olive oil using the traditional cold-press method. According to Flos Olei, the international guide to the best olive oil, San Rocco is placed among the best in the world. Along with the use of this olive oil in the hotel’s meals, it is also used in numerous relaxing wellness treatments.
It is not surprising that San Rocco is a place that celebrates taste. The gastronomic quality of the hotel’s restaurant is not only renowned in Croatia, but throughout the world. Amid the privacy of the centuries-old olive grove, high quality dishes are prepared from local ingredients.
The restaurant grows its own organic vegetables. Explore the garden with the chef, who will share his knowledge and experience in a short and sweet culinary workshop. Istria is also renowned for its wines. As you taste the peninsula’s wines the hotel’s sommelier is on hand to talk about some of the most appreciated domestic varieties and high quality wines on offer, such as Kozlović, Matošević or Kabol.
Staying at the San Rocco Hotel is an experience full of the colors, scents, and textures of this rich land.
Here, every moment invites you to feel the charm of this centurian family heritage.
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