October 11th - 19th, 2019

Join Rose as she takes you on a life-changing adventure into the heart and soul of Italy.

This magnificent yoga retreat will take place in the picturesque Italian countryside, along the border of Tuscany.  A beautifully restored villa awaits your arrival complete with breathtaking views of majestic rolling hills. You’ll enjoy a taste of La Dolce Vita (the sweet life!) as Rose and Italian Tours & Travel by Diana* spoil you with Italian hospitality, delicious cuisine, and fun packed excursions.  Guests will enjoy yoga twice a day and our scenic day trips will allow students to explore art, food, history and culture in guided comfort.

EAT.

Healthful, delicious, local food (vegetarian options available) is part of the experience, including breakfasts daily, 3 lunches with wine, 4 dinners with wine, a wine and olive oil tasting excursion and a cooking lesson. The cuisine is simple, using fresh ingredients from local markets. Selection is seasonal; you will love and appreciate every bite

PRAY.

In addition to a guided tour of the historical churches and sites of Florence (the cradle of the Renaissance), we’ll explore several enchanting ancient hill towns nearby.  Day trips will include excursions to the Chianti Region (Greve) where we’ll partake in a memorable wine / olive oil tasting and lunch in a 14th Century castle and vineyard.  And the idyllic medieval hamlet of San Gimignano awaits for a cooking class and lunch in a rustic local farmhouse.  Also on the itinerary will be an easy 18-mile bike ride through a landscape dotted with picturesque churches, castles, and vineyards, and ending in glorious Siena, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely afternoon, eating, shopping and site-seeing on our own.  And our retreat would not be complete without a Spa trip to the heavenly thermal baths of Monsummano Terme, near Pistoia.  We’ll devote an entire day to absolute pampering in the thermal baths or Grotta Giusti (**price of spa services will be additional).

PRACTICE.

Twice daily yoga and meditation classes will be offered in the morning (before breakfast) and at night (when we return to the villa).  Classes are open to all levels, from beginner to practiced, and will range from gentle/restorative to vinyasa flow.  With our small, intimate retreat class size, students will receive personalized attention.  Classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some may take place outdoors if the weather is agreeable.  Rose will also be leading a walking meditation / hiking excursion, where together, we’ll explore the nature and nearby village surrounding the villa.

The Itinerary

Suggested Packing:

Besides your travel basics, here are a few things to think about bringing:
Yoga clothes
Swimsuit
Walking/hiking shoes
Plug adaptors/converters
Journal
Day 1:    Depart USA
International flights USA – Florence (Tuscany), Italy, booked independently.

Day 2:   Arrive Florence
Buongiorno e Benvenuti/Welcome to La Bella Italia! Upon arrival at Florence International Airport meet your private driver in the arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name, for transfer to the villa in the Tuscan countryside. You will be able to begin checking in from 3:00 pm on. You will have the remainder of the afternoon to rest or relax at the Villa, adjusting to the time change. You will have sunset yoga (tea, juice and water provided) before you share your first meal together in Italy. Overnight at villa.

Day 3:   Day trip to Chianti
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at villa. This morning, in the hotel lobby, meet your private driver for a scenic ride to Greve in Chianti. There you will partake in a delicious and memorable wine tasting and lunch at our favorite castle in all of Tuscany! Enjoy learning about the gastronomical wonders of this area. The 14th century castle and rolling hills are a perfect backdrop to this meal. After this amazing experience, return to the villa with your driver in the late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Sunset yoga and overnight at villa.

Day 4:   Day trip to Florence
Breakfast at the villa. Enjoy sunrise yoga. Today, you will meet your driver at the villa for private transfer to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Upon arrival, around 10:30 am meet your private bilingual and certified guide for a pleasant 3 hour walking tour of the city. This morning you will visit the Galleria Academia to view the beautiful sculptures by Michelangelo, the slaves or prisoners of the rocks and the unforgettable statue of David. The Academia houses some of the most important sculptures of Florence (to avoid the long lines, we will prearrange entrance tickets for you). Then you are on to the famous Duomo of Florence (the fourth largest church in the world), with its grandiose cupola by Brunelleschi, Giotto's bell tower, and the Baptistery with its famous bronze doors. Your guided tour will include the Piazza Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. During your free-time, you may choose to rest at a local trattoria or visit the open air markets of the San Lorenzo or the Mercato Del Porcellino. In the late afternoon to return to the Villa for sunset yoga. Dinner and overnight at the villa.

Day 5:   Day trip to San Gimignano
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the Villa. Meet with your driver this morning for transfer to the idyllic hamlet of San Gimignano. You will enjoy a cooking lesson together in a local farmhouse, where you will learn how to prepare healthy Tuscan specialties and then enjoy them for lunch! Following your cooking lesson, you will have time to independently explore the beautiful and genuine Tuscan town of San Gimignano, which we like to refer to as an outdoor living room. This tiny and pristine city has remained intact over the centuries and is situated on top of the rolling hillside. It is famous for its numerous medieval bell towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Here you can also try some of Italy’s best artisan gelato! Return to the villa with your driver in the early evening. Sunset yoga and villa for overnight.

Day 6:   Day trip to Siena
Sunrise yoga and breakfast together. This morning meet your private guide for a bike tour this morning. Continue on a gently curving road, through typical Tuscan landscapes with churches, castles, villages and beautiful fields. Enchanted by these places you will quickly reach the ancient walls of Siena – UNESCO World Heritage Site, the elegant and medieval city. Upon arrival, enjoy a lunch together before free time in the city. The Romans established a military outpost in 30AD called Siena, and it developed into a busy little trading post in the following years. Today it is an important center of art and history in the region of Tuscany. You will be able to visit the Piazza del Campo where the famous and dangerous “Palio” takes place every year, the church of San Domenico and the very ornate Duomo. After enjoying time at leisure in Siena, in the late afternoon, with your driver, return to the Villa. Sunset yoga and villa for overnight.

Day 7:   Free day at Villa/Hike Excursion
Sunrise yoga and breakfast together. Enjoy the remainder of day at leisure to explore the nature and nearby village around the property, or simply relax by the pool. If you would like to partake, a hike through the countryside will be led by Rose today. Sunset yoga and dinner together. Overnight at villa.

Day 8:   Spa Day at the Tuscan Bath
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the Villa. At 9:30 am at the villa, meet your private driver for transfer to the thermal baths of Monsummano Terme near Pistoia. Today will be devoted to absolute pampering at nearby thermal baths or Grotta Giusti. *Price of the spa services are in addition to this itinerary* In the late afternoon, return to your villa with your driver for a relaxing evening. Prepare for overseas flights. Farewell dinner and overnight at the Villa.

Day 9:   Depart Florence
Breakfast at the Villa and check out. Meet your private transfer to Florence Peretola International Airport for return flights to the USA. Arrivederci, Bella Italia!

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Pricing and Details

•  9 days/7 nights (Oct. 11-19th, 2019)
•  Retreat - Prices starting at $3498 per person (spa services extra)
•  Deposit to hold space - $1500.00 (with credit card/remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure)
•  Max # Guests: 13-15 people total
•  Price includes 7 nights in the villa, 7 breakfasts, all private transportation, including transfers and drivers, 1 wine/olive oil tasting excursion, one cooking class excursion, 3 lunches (with wine), 4 dinners (with wine), twice daily yoga/meditation classes and a private bilingual certified guide for several of the day trips.
•  Use of estate premises (hiking trails, pool, yoga room, etc).

**Optional Bike tour/wine tasting is $216.00 (per person).
**Tipping will be an additional 100-130 euros per person.
**This package does not include airfare.  The nearest local airport is Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR-Florence).

More questions?
Please feel free to reach out personally with any questions or concerns to:
Rose (440-223-7673), rose@soulstretchmobileyoga.com