Sukkot

Hermitage Hotel

Forte dei Marmi is a magnificent sea town in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany, Italy. The beautiful Hermitage 4 Star Superior Hotel & Resort in Forte dei Marmi is strategically situated a short distance from the center of town. The resort boasts its own private grounds with a garden and swimming pool and is connected by a free shuttle to its private beach. The hotel offers a large playground, slides, playhouse cabins, a shaded sandbox and a volleyball court all designed for a relaxing holiday with family. The Hermitage Hotel & Resort is one of the best hotels in Forte dei Marmi and an ideal place for to spend the holidays.

Forte dei Marmi lies in a strategic position that allows you to visit all the surrounding places of interest. The beautiful art towns of Tuscany, Pisa and Lucca are only a 20 minute drive away. Tourists love the hospitality of Tuscany and especially appreciate the warm Mediterranean climate.

For those looking for a stay that goes beyond simply relaxing on the beach or in one of our swimming pools, the resort offers a wide range of activities. The hotel can also book pro-level cycles and mountain bikes for longer excursions, as well as tennis courts at one of the nearby clubs or a round on a Tuscan golf course.

Our haute Sukkot cuisine prepared by the hotel’s chefs will be working in concert with the professional chefs of Elite Kosher Events by Minkowitz Caterers under the Glatt Kosher Supervision of Rabbi L. Shaikewitz. They will create a fantastic culinary experience drawing the best of Italian, continental and traditional Jewish fare. Traditional Orthodox services along with thought-provoking lectures and discussions, children’s day camp plus exciting optional sightseeing tours will round out a truly unique Sukkot travel experience.

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PRICE & ROOM INFORMATION

SUKKOT 2021 AT HERMITAGE HOTEL& RESORT FORTE DEI MARMI, ITALY
Category Rates – Per Person Double Occupancy FULL STAY
11 DAYS/10 NTS
MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

CLASSIC
Beautiful bright room with terrace or outdoor area with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and/or bathtub.

SUPERIOR
Larger beautiful bright room with sitting area, terrace or outdoor area, with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

DELUXE
Larger beautiful bright room and sitting area, terrace or outdoor area, with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

FAMILY ROOM
Large suite composed of two spacious rooms and a bathroom with shower and bathtub, terrace or outdoor area with view of the garden.

JR SUITE
Larger beautiful bright room with sitting area, balcony with view of the park, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

JR SUITE – SITTING ROOM
Larger beautiful bright room with separate sitting area, balcony with view of the park, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

ONE BEDROOM SUITE
Spacious apartment composed of 1 double room, a sitting room, 2 bathrooms with shower and bathtub, balcony with view of the garden.

ROYAL SUITE
Spacious apartment composed of 2 double rooms, a sitting room, 3bathrooms with shower and bathtub, veranda with view of the garden.

CLASSIC € 2,625
SUPERIOR € 2,735
DELUXE € 3,000
FAMILY ROOM € 3,100
JR SUITE € 3,200
JR SUITE WITH SITTING ROOM € 3,300
ONE BEDROOM SUITE € 3,450
ROYAL SUITE € 3,650
SINGLE ROOM RATE € 2,995
Additional Occupants In Same Room
ADULT
12 & Above (in same rm)
€ 1,740
CHILD
3-11 Years (in same rm)
€ 1,340
INFANT
under 35 months
€ 325
ADDITIONAL NIGHT – SUNDAY, SEP 19
ADULT (ANY CATEGORY) € 260
3RD IN ROOM (ANY AGE) € 150

CALL FOR PARTIAL ROOM RATES
ALL ROOMS HAVE SAFES
RATES INCLUDE 25% TAX, TIPS, & SERVICE CHARGES.
ALL RATES IN EURO.

ROOMS AVAILABLE
Category Rates – Per Person Double Occupancy
CLASSIC:
Beautiful bright room with terrace or outdoor area with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and/or bathtub.

€ 2,625 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

SUPERIOR:
Larger beautiful bright room with sitting area, terrace or outdoor area, with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

€ 2,735 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

DELUXE:
Larger beautiful bright room and sitting area, terrace or outdoor area, with view of the garden, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

€ 3,000 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

FAMILY ROOM:
Large suite composed of two spacious rooms and a bathroom with shower and bathtub, terrace or outdoor area with view of the garden.

€ 3,100 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

JR SUITE:
Larger beautiful bright room with sitting area, balcony with view of the park, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

€ 3,200 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

JR SUITE WITH SITTING ROOM:
Larger beautiful bright room with separate sitting area, balcony with view of the park, bathroom with shower and bathtub.

€ 3,300 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

ONE BEDROOM SUITE:
Spacious apartment composed of 1 double room, a sitting room, 2 bathrooms with shower and bathtub, balcony with view of the garden.

€ 3,450 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

ROYAL SUITE:
Spacious apartment composed of 2 double rooms, a sitting room, 3bathrooms with shower and bathtub, veranda with view of the garden.

€ 3,650 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

SINGLE ROOM RATE:

€ 2,995 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

Additional Occupants In Same Room:
ADULT 12 & Above (in same rm):

€ 1,740 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

CHILD 3-11 Years (in same rm):

€ 1,340 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

INFANT under 35 months:

€ 325 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

Additional NIGHT – SUNDAY, SEP 19:
ADULT (ANY CATEGORY):

€ 260 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

3RD IN ROOM (ANY AGE):

€ 150 11 DAYS/10 NTS MON, SEP 20 – THURS, SEP 30

Scholars

Rabbi Mendy Minkowitz

Rabbi Mendy Minkowitz directs the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Elon University, which he founded in 2015. He has written extensively for several publications in both English and Italian and has lectured around the world on a variety of topics. He lives in Elon, North Carolina with his wife Rivka and 3 children.

Yossi Fachler

Yossi Fachler is a UK born natural people’s man. He graduated from College in Jerusalem and has been living in London since 1991 with his wife Sarah, and two children where he became youth Minister in two central London Synagogues. Since then, Yossi’s services are used on a bi-monthly basis by the United Synagogue Community Division and the Office Of The Chief Rabbi to take the Shabbat Services around the UK communities, giving the sermons, blending in his famous sense of humor and topped off with his beautiful davening voice.

Since then, he has subsequently presided over the high holidays all over the world, including three years at the Saatchi Synagogue, St John’s Wood, South Hampstead, North Brook Illinois, St Albans, Glasgow, Birmingham, Radlett, Cardiff and Hendon – where he takes the services in davening and sermons. In 2005, and again in 2015, Yossi successfully promoted the ’60 days for 60 years’ and ’70 days for 70 years’ projects to over 250,000 members of the Jewish community around the world. In his spare time, Yossi gives evening lectures around the UK, to business people, lay people and high school students alike.

OPTIONAL TOURS

Le Cinque Terre – (Full Day Excursion)
Thursday, September 23, 2021
€ 100.00/person
Meeting point at the hotel: 8:45 a.m.
Departure: 9:00 a.m.

Estimated Travel time: 1 ½ hours by boat and train R/T. (Transportation in between the villages not included)

The Apennine mountains dramatically conclude at the Mediterranean Sea at five villages known as ‘Cinque Terre’. Protected by their very particular geography, the colorful villages have a unique charm and tranquility in the midst of Mediterranean flora. Let us explore the marvelous landscapes of the “Cinque Terre national park”, part of the “World Monument Fund”.

Leaving the hotel in the morning, we will reach the harbor of La Spezia where the “Traghetto” boat (Weather permitting or by train) will bring us to the first village of Rio Maggiore. We will continue to the village of Vernazza and finally to Monte Rosso, a beautiful fishing village where you will have lunch in a splendid park. We will go back to La Spezia by train and return to the hotel.

Florence – (Full Day Excursion)
Thursday, September 23, 2021
€ 100.00 /person
Meeting point at the hotel: 8:45 a.m.
Departure: 9:00a.m.

Estimated Travel Time: 2 ½ hours R/T

Morning: Jewish and Classic Florence

How did Jews live in Florence at the time when Michelangelo was sculpting the ‘David’, Boticelli was painting the ‘Primavera’, or Galileo was making revolutionary discoveries? Discover Florence through the unexpected presence of Jewish history in some of the most famous landmarks. This fascinating walk will take you to the Duomo (cathedral) area and the Baptistery’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ where Tanach stories are illustrated, Piazza della Repubblica where the ghetto stood until the 19th century, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio area and Via dei Giudei (the ‘Jews Street’), site of the first Jewish settlement. You will also visit the grand post-ghetto Florence synagogue, a magnificent and proud architecture in the image of the city and the Jewish Museum to learn about the local community’s historical customs and ritual objects.

Afternoon: Uffizi Gallery OR Florentine Fine Fashion and Lifestyle Tour OR Artisans Workshops OR Free Time
Uffizi Gallery & Michelangelo’s David

The Uffizi gallery is one of the greatest museums and was recently renovated. Inside a magnificent building designed by Giorgio Vasari, Cosimo I di Medici’s favorite architect, the museum houses the premier collection of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by such masters as Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello and Caravaggio. Following the thread of Florentine Renaissance masterpieces, you will discover Michelangelo’s David, arguably the world’s most important sculpture.

OR

Florence Fine Fashion and Lifestyle Tour

Florence undoubtedly has made the most sublime contributions to the ‘Made in Italy’ reputation to this day, and this stems from an uncompromising traditional know-how for arts and crafts. With a focus on fashion and fine tableware, this unique tour will take you to the shops and studios of selected ‘ambassadors’ of distinguished Florentine creativity and traditional know-how. You will visit the Gucci Museum located in the beautiful Palazzo della Mercanzia and continue to the luxurious Italian fashion shops, an antique Florentine perfumery, a rare jewelry maker, a marvelous Italian flagship porcelain boutique and distinctive silversmith and semiprecious stones studios of artisans owned by the same family for generations. To the delight of your eyes, Renaissance fine arts are revived into modern day sophisticated lifestyles.

OR

Traditional Florentine Artisan Workshops of your choice (extra fee & reservations required): Marble, Paper, Leather goods, Perfume.

Lucca, Pisa and Jeep Tour in the Carrara Marble Alps (Full Day Excursion)
Friday, September 24, 2021
€ 110/person
Meeting point at the hotel: 8:15 a.m.
Departure: 8:30a.m.

Estimated Travel Time: 2 ½ hours R/T

Iconic Pisa: Splendor and Heritage of a Maritime Republic

Pisa located at the mouths of the Arno and Auser Rivers, flourished as a naval and commercial port under the Romans. By the 12th century, the city became one of the most important in Europe and saw the development of a brilliantly original form of Romanesque architecture, characterized by a rich blend of motifs from Roman, Italian and Oriental art. It was around this time that its most famous and astonishing buildings were erected, including the leaning Tower, which started to lean when still under construction. Born in Pisa, the scientist Galileo Galilei used it in 1589 for his experiments about “mass”. With this walking tour, you will discover the many facets of Pisa splendor.

Inside the walls of Lucca

Walking inside the streets of Lucca is like reading the pages of a history book. The atmosphere of this illustrious old town is made unique by its ring of impressive ramparts, today a luscious green park preserving the city from antiquity to the modern age. It is from the ramparts that we will start your walk in Lucca, catching the loveliest views of the city with on one side the distant Tuscan hills and on the other, Romanesque bell towers and squares. Expect one of a kind scenery to savor on your picnic!

Jeep tour in the Marble Alps

Explore the Apuan Alps towering above the coast just a short distance inland. These are the mountains where Michelangelo and many other artists obtained white Carrara marble for their masterpieces. You can see what looks like snow from the seashore which are actually precious white marble quarries. You will experience this on a 4×4 jeep with an expert guide on one of the many spectacular trails through these steep mountains.

Market day!! Made in Italy Outlet Shopping

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Morning:
Forte Dei Marmi Market: free!
Walking distance from the hotel.

The seasonal Summer market of Forte dei Marmi is an event looked forward to each year by locals and tourists alike. The market is a window of Tuscan and Italian crafts and fashion articles of fine quality and a great bargain.

Afternoon:
Sunday, September 26, 2021
The MALL Outlet Florence: € 60.00/person
Meeting point at the hotel: 12:45 p.m.
Departure: 1:00 p.m.
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours R/T

Most luxury brand bags and shoes are hand-made in Tuscany, and this is what makes The Mall Outlet shopping center probably the best (discounted) shopping experience in Europe. The open mall showcases the finest Italian brands such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci, Santoni, etc. You can even find unique pieces that do not make it to export!

OR

Afternoon:
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Viareggio Carnivale Parade – € 65.00/person (€30 for children under 1.20m high)
Meeting point at the hotel: 3:00 p.m.
Departure: 3:15 p.m.
Estimated Travel time: 45 minutes R/T

Known as one of the best in Italy, the Carnival in Viareggio has its origins at the end of the 19th century when a group of artisans and sculptors started building astonishing carriages. It soon became a popular party for a joyful city. The parade draws thousands of visitors of all ages who come to see the spectacular floats. This year on Sukkot, you will be able to watch the impressive Carnival parade!

Chianti Hills & Wine – (Full Day Excursion)
Monday, September 27, 2021
€ 110.00/person
Meeting point at the hotel: 8:15 a.m.
Departure: 8:30 a.m.
Estimated Travel Time: 4 hours R/T

Wander around the marvelous Chianti region with its splendid medieval hill towns and castles, rolling vineyards and olive groves. You will discover Siena, which at its’ golden age was a proud Republic, European financial capital, and arch-rival of Florence. Siena reflects Italian high medieval urbanism prowess: all streets seem to lead to the shell-shaped Campo square where the administrative power was intentionally concentrated. You will also visit the former Jewish Ghetto and its synagogue hidden behind the Campo with an anonymous façade, as was common for all synagogues built before ghetto emancipation. Later, wine-makers invite you to discover the world of wine-making by visiting the estate and ‘taste’ the distinctive Chianti region through a selection of kosher Chianti wines. Experience your picnic with the perfect Tuscan postcard view.