May 15, 2019

Yoga Retreat to Italy

Yoga, Food, and Wine Retreat in Italy

Photo Credit La Cucina Sabina

Our all-inclusive yoga retreat will be partnering with La Cucina Sabina located in the Sabine Countryside in a luxury Italian countryside villa. Just 40 minutes from Rome, it’s far enough away to relax and destress but close enough to enjoy the sites.  From amazing food to cooking lessons and tours, you’ll experience Italy like a local, and do just enough yoga to stretch, relax, and wind down. You’ll be cared for and pampered as if you were being immersed in a warm, welcoming Italian family. This is an intimate experience with anywhere between 8 to 16 guests.

Dates


The trip will run from Sunday, September 27, 2020 –  Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Sample Itinerary


Below is a sample itinerary, we make small changes based on weather but overall this will be the experience.

Photo credit: Hughes Fioretti Photography

Sunday

Arrivals. We provide transfers and pick you up at Rome’s main airport, train station or city hotel. Once at our villa, you check in, get comfortable and relax in the spacious villa or well-maintained gardens and grounds.  A light buffet lunch and Prosecco are served with the afternoon left open to relax and enjoy your fellow guests or enjoy a refreshing swim or sauna.  In the evening, our delicious four-course welcome dinner with professional waiter service is served on our sunset terrace (weather permitting) overlooking the olive groves and beautiful hills and mountains. We’ll discuss the exciting week ahead.

 Monday

Each morning includes a full buffet breakfast in the formal dining room or under one of the covered outdoor terraces overlooking the pool, olive trees hillsides and mountains. The first cooking lesson begins mid-morning with our professional chef. Because we are hands-on, you will be preparing your lunch that you will enjoy. You will have free time to relax and the option to take a yoga class to stretch the body after your extended travel day. Late afternoon we head to a local medieval castle, a short drive from the villa. We enjoy a private tour of the castle and then a sunset prosecco reception overlooking the Sabine Hills and valley. A three-course private dinner is served in the castle.

 Tuesday

Photo Credit: Hughes Fioretti Photography

 After a buffet breakfast, we visit the ancient hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Villa d’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will be amazed at the Renaissance villa, gardens and fountains. The Renaissance gardens stood as a model for others throughout Europe to follow. Along the way, we will visit the morning farmers market as the locals do. After lunch at a historic restaurant in Tivoli, overlooking an ancient Roman temple, you will have free time to enjoy Tivoli on your own before headed back to the villa for a Gentle yoga class followed Yoga Nidra.

Wednesday

Following your buffet breakfast, we depart for “Discover the Secrets of Ancient Rome” tour. In a special, guided tour of the city, making your visit very special and unique. Experience the Rome that the locals know, with a rare combination of art, food, culture and history in a very full day experiencing “la dolce vita”. Both lunch and dinner will be enjoyed in Rome. During the afternoon, the tour continues or optional free time is available for shopping or independent touring. The tour normally includes Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiore, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and a number of major works of art. A tasting dinner menu is enjoyed on a trendy rooftop deck with spectacular panoramic views of the Roman skyline and its magical sunset.

Photo Credit: Hughes Fioretti PhotographyThursday

After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive through the foothills of northern Lazio toward Umbria for a winery visit and a tasting at the family-owned Mazziotti winery overlooking beautiful Lake Bolsena, followed by lunch with the winery owners in their private tasting room. To complement the winery, we stroll through the wonderful hilltop Umbrian town of Orvieto, with its dramatic vistas, medieval walls, Etruscan ruins, shops, and cathedral. In the evening, we have our yoga lesson followed by dinner.

Friday

Begin the day by enjoying a delicious homemade breakfast. Because the estate produces its own DOP extra virgin olive oil, we will visit the olive grove and local mill. As part of the visit, you learn what the Romans knew about growing olives 2000 years ago as well as the modern Italian methods of producing some of the best olive oil in the world. We return to the villa and enjoy a tasting of olive oils and lesson on understanding what makes an olive oil great. We will then head to a historic abbey to take in one last gorgeous site in Italy. We will end our retreat with big grand finale five-course dinner, including everything from antipasto to dolce!

Saturday

After a light breakfast and goodbyes, transfers are provided to Rome’s airports, hotels or train stations for return trips or extended travel in Italy.

Accommodations


Yoga Retreat to ItalyThis will be a unique setting as we will be shared a restored villa. Our villa is best described as a luxurious country home that sits on a 50-acre estate surrounded by olive and cherry orchards.

You drive past the olive groves and turn into the drive, catch a glimpse of the elegant villa with large, covered verandas and set on a landscape of olive trees and dotted with lemon trees and rosemary bushes. While this is a restored villa you will have all of the modern luxuries to make you feel at home. Large windows in the living room overlook the Olympic-size swimming pool. The floor-to-ceiling glass and large patios are inspired by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. There are 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a large dining room, a modern teaching kitchen and a library to relax or play cards in the evening. Of course, there is lots of outdoor seating in which to read, relax and rejuvenate.

Every bedroom is carefully appointed, with an en-suite bath where you’ll find olive oil infused shampoos and lotions as well as hair dryers and rain head showers perfect for relaxation.

Prices


Prices are based on double occupancy.

$3200 per person. A 20% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking and the balance is due 90 days prior to the trip.

Single Accommodation Supplement: Add $500 to the final price.

Price includes accommodations, yoga, excursions, meals, pick up to and from the airport or train stations. It does not include airfare, additional add ons such as massage, or travel insurance.

Tips and things to consider


  • We highly recommend getting travel insurance for any international trip to cover un unforeseen circumstances.
  • Some people add on to their trip, we can connect you with a travel agent to plan the rest of your trip to Italy.

Interest and Registration


To register or to find out more about the trip, please fill out the contact form below.

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