Rocco Forte Hotels has appointed Franco Girasoli to the role of general manager of Masseria Torre Maizza.
The property is set to open on May 1st in Puglia.
An Italian native, Girasoli brings 30 years of hospitality experience to the new Apulian resort and has excelled at building strong relationships with an international clientele from key markets such as the United States, the UK, Russia, Japan, France and Germany.
Prior to taking the helms of the new Rocco Forte property, Girasoli spent a large part of his career with Belmond Group, where he started in the food and beverage department of Villa San Michele and eventually moved his way up to general manager in 2004.
After 20 years in Tuscany, he transferred to Ravello in 2008 where, for ten years, he led the team at the Belmond Hotel Caruso.
Located in the charming town of Savellestri di Fasano, Masseria Torre Maizza is a historic farmhouse dating back to the 16th century, surrounded by ancient olive trees and a nine-hole golf course.
Rocco Forte Hotels has invested over €6 million to enhance the masseria back to its natural beauty.
Olga Polizzi, director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels has worked closely with local artisans to redesign the historic building.
The hotel will now offer 40 luxurious rooms and suites, each boasting private gardens and terraces with stunning views across the Apulian countryside.
“I am proud to be joining the Rocco Forte Hotels team, especially to inaugurate their first luxury resort in Puglia.
“This is one of the most attractive destinations in the south of Italy,” said Girasoli.