Itinerary | Italy 2023
A Week to Relax and Retreat ... Under the Tuscan Sun ...
October 7 - 14, 2023
Saturday. Ahhhhhhh-rive. After we arrive at the villa and get settled into our rooms, we will meet at 5.30p for a Group Welcome. The lovely ladies from Yoga in Italy will outline the house rules and answer any additional questions you might have. Following that, we will have an easy yoga class to work out any kinks from traveling. Dinner will be around 7.00p.
Sunday. Rise and shine with morning yoga class at 7.30a! Breakfast begins at 9.00a in the terrace. After breakfast, you'll be free to spend the day as you choose - swimming in the pool, reading, walking the estate or enjoying a massage or spa treatment (remember to bring euro for any additional activities). We'll eat lunch together about 1.30p and then you'll have the afternoon free. How you choose to spend this time is entirely up to you! We'll reconvene at 5.30p for a restorative class before our evening meal.
Monday. Bike Tour around Lucca. Following morning yoga and breakfast, we'll head into the ancient, medieval city of Lucca for a guided bicycle and walking tour around the wide, thick walls of the city. The home of Puccini, Lucca was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved walls. Lunch will be served at the retreat centre at 1.30p, followed by a breezy free afternoon. We'll all meet back in the yoga room for our 5.30p evening class before enjoying dinner together.
Tuesday. Wine Tasting Excursion. After yoga and breakfast, our group will depart around 10.00a for our wine tasting excursion. This 2.5m walk along the "Strada del Vino" (the wine road) is a gentle, downhill walk, and the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area surrounding the retreat centre. Drivers will take us back to the centre for a late lunch. The afternoon is free for you to do as you please. Nap, anyone? :)
Wednesday. Day trip to Cinque Terre. Rise and shine! 6.30a breakfast and 7.00a departure for Cinque Terre, a string of five old fishing villages, perched high on the Italian Riviera, which until recently, were only linked by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water! Our private driver will navigate the two-hour drive from the retreat centre and will insure our safe return. Lunch will be on your own. After a full day of breathtaking coastal views and vistas, we will return to the retreat centre and enjoy dinner together at 7.30p. Note: there is a fee to get from village to village, depending upon the mode of transport.
Thursday. Morning yoga at 7.30a followed by 9.00a breakfast. No group activities are planned, leaving you free to nap, enjoy a massage or other spa treatment, or perhaps book a cooking class with a few of your new retreat friends. Lunch will be offered at 1.30p, followed by an afternoon respite. Later that evening, we'll head to Pietrasanta, a thriving arts centre, full of galleries, shops and restaurants. After our afternoon yoga class, we'll head out around 5.30p, returning to the retreat centre about 11.30p. Dinner will be at your own cost that evening.
Friday. Final morning yoga class, followed by 9.00a breakfast. No group activities are planned for the morning; you're free to spend the morning as you choose - reading, walking the estate, enjoying a last minute massage or a nap. Enjoy lunch on the terrace at 1.30p. Our last afternoon class will be at 5.00p, before we gather at 6.30p for Pizza and Prosecco! Our hosts will prepare a variety of fresh, artisanal pizzas, prepared in a coal-fired oven. Buon appetito!
Saturday. Arrivederci! Our farewell breakfast will be offered at 8.00a. After you've packed all of your belongings, we will head to the Lucca Train Station at 9.30a, where we will say ciao, Italia!