Italycountrystay operates in Via Piana, a little guest house in the countryside that specializes in working with international customers. They offer yoga and a wide variety of other activities.
Vincenzo di Sottowas born in Pontecorvo and is a qualified chef trained by Ipsar Cassino. He has his first cooking experience in an internship at Hotel lord Byron 5. After that, he worked at Roma Club mediterrane ragusa. Currently, he is a chef at the Restaurant Taverna di Viro in Sora, FR.
from Italy, August 2020
"A week of relax and bliss "
I stayed for a week in August 2020 and had a wonderful time. Anna was attentive, kind and super helpful with any question, suggestion and was friendly and made me feel at home.
Anna, my yoga instructor, was amazing - she is a true professional and i was surprised how just after one week she helped better my practice as well as give me new ways to continue and grow with my yoga.
The location is beautiful, the room was clean and comfortable. The whole place really allows you to disconnect from the day to day hassle and just relax.
from Germany, November 2019
"A little paradise"
It was the perfect Yoga-retreat!
The guesthouse is a nice old house that lets you feel beeing really in italy. The rooms are rustic with a lot of charm. Anna is very friendly and helpfull and made me feel like beeing at a families place. And she is a great chef! I loved the incredible dishes!!! The yoga was amazing.
The location is just perfect. Away from all the hustle of the city, but still quite near to have a coffee or buy some stuff you need at a supermarket oer the market. And there a lot of activities in the area: hiking, horse-riding, cooking-classes... just everything you need to have a relaxing time!
from Germany, September 2019
We had a wonderful time at Anna’s place. She and Michael made the stay very special and magic.
from Finland, July 2019
"Perfect holiday at Via Piana"
I had the perfect stay at Via Piana! Anna was super nice and flexible too. I rented a car and went for a hike in Abruzzi, she provided me with maps and checked something for me by calling a friend and organized an evening yoga class instead of the morning class. I also did a couple of other hikes closer to Via Piana but they were still more accessible by car. I loved the food and the location. Wasn't hard to get there, just took some time. Definitely recommend this holiday for everyone and especially Finns and Scandinavian people, you need to experience this Italian dream!
from Egypt, June 2019
"The best escape from the city "
Anna is the best host and the place is very relaxing, clean and filled with nature all around. The found Anna prepared was heart filling and you also can’t miss the organic wine. The daily trips and drives to the cooking school were also something I looked forward too. Learned so much about basic Italian cooking and ate the wonderful meals prepared daily in the amazing national park where the school is located.
from Australia, June 2019
"A wonderful experience"
We loved the hospitality and Caterina’s cooking classes followed by a lovely long lunch eating what we cooked. The area is so rich in scenery and hilltop towns to explore by car. The accomodation was comfortable and very clean. Anna our host was always available to help for whatever we needed. We really enjoyed our stay and would come to the region and stay again.
from Italy, May 2019
"Life changing experience"
I loved everything about this stay. First of all the area is extremely beautiful. Surrounded by nature and mountains. The rooms are decorated with lots of love and care.
We had amazing dinners every night. It was a lot of vegetables which I loved. Not just Pasta and Pizza.
Overall there is a very warm and sincere atmosphere at the place. It is a very small place with only few guests at a time, so it is very personal. Anna, the owner, makes her best efforts to make your stay comfortable. I felt so welcome there.
And then the Reiki of course, was my highlight. Linda, the Reiki teacher, introduced me to it and slowly and carefully guided me into Reiki. I loved every moment of it and I think it has made a lasting impact on my life. I see certain things changing and improving thanks to Reiki. Thank you so much for that. I definitely got the best out of this experience.
from Portugal, May 2019
This area is a hidden gem! I came to Via Piana with a car and that allowed me to explore this amazing region. The landscapes here are unbelievably beautiful, for sure something I was not expecting!
Anna's place is very rustic and simple and at the same time it surrounds you with a warm, cosy atmosphere.
I had a cooking class and it was totally worth it, I really liked it! It was very basic, well explained, it was a real Italian experience :)
I had a yoga lesson every morning and it was something that I would not dismiss at all. I felt like it was a great way to start the day. I know that there where also several types of massages available but unfortunately I did not have time to book one.
It was an amazing experience that I will not forget and I for sure recommend it to anyone who likes nature, healthy food, pure fresh air and astonishing landscapes!!! :D
from Poland, May 2019
"Very nice place"
The cooking classes were super nice, the instructor was amazing. Area is beautiful, you can really rest and enjoy the nature. Anna is very helpful and nice.
from Australia, April 2019
"Rejuvenate mind and body"
The serene location, opportunities for solitude as well as our daily yoga practice provided rejuvenation of body and mind. Our host, Anna and her helpers were welcoming and the food delicious.
from United States, April 2019
"Peaceful, nourishing stay at Via Piana."
Anna has created an environment that feels as if you are coming home when you visit Via Piana.
My room was incredibly comfortable and had amazing views of Sora.
Anna's food is amazing. It was always nourishing, plentiful and always appreciated after a days walking in the hills!
The yoga was fantastic. I had been interested in hatha for a while. The teacher made it accessible and interesting guiding you through the asanas with instruction and background information. Consequently, everyday was started with a boost of energy!
I can see myself going back to Via Piana!
from Sweden, October 2018
"A perfect retreat at the right time in life"
I loved the tranquillity of the retreat, the lovely surroundings, the peace and quite. The food was amazing and my room was more of an apartment with private kitchen, sleeping room and bathroom. The sun deck provided a great place to sit and eat, read or just enjoy the sun and peacefulness. Anna was very helpful when I needed anything. I also enjoyed talking to Dalma, who was helping out at the retreat. The yoga instructors were also very friendly and excellent at providing yoga at the right level. My overall impression is definitely very good and although this retreat was booked ahead of time, I realized that the timing couldn´t have been better. I really needed a break and some peace and quite in life and thats exactly what I got.
from Italy, September 2018
"A wonderful and relaxing retreat in a beautiful place"
The yoga vacation at Anna's place was perfect, just what I needed to relax. The place is located in a small village in Italy, in a gorgeous area surounded by nature. The yoga lessons were well taught by a friendly and warm teacher. My room was clean and welcoming. The food was amazing, despite my dietary restrictions (I am a vegan), and Anna made sure to always prepare lots of local vegetable dishes. I found the fact that the place was small and that there weren't always lot's of people around to be really relaxing. That meant that I was able to build nice relationships with the few other guests, and I had a lot of time to be on my own and relax. I would highly recomend this vacation option to anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful place to relax and practice yoga. Thank you for everything Anna! I will definately come back for more!
from Australia, July 2018
"My perfect Italian holiday"
Anna has her place beautifully set up, it is tranquil and she goes out of her way to ensure her guests have a wonderful. All of us who stayed at the same time decided we wanted to go back!
from United Kingdom, July 2018
"Fabulous hospitality in a beautiful part of Italy"
This was one of the best holidays I have had in a long time! Anna's hospitality was second-to-none. Via Piana is beautiful and set in stunning countryside, off the beaten track and far away from the hustle and bustle of busy towns and tourists. The rooms are quaint and delightful and Anna's cooking is fabulous! Yoga with Elaine was restful and restorative but also included some strength and core work. She is a great teacher and I learned a lot. I will definitely return to Via Piana as it is such a magical place. Thank you Anna!
from Germany, May 2018
"Fantastic place to enjoy delicious food and beautiful nature"
My stay at Anna's place was absolutely fantastic, I loved everything about it. Anna is a lovely person, and a great cook. We got along really well and she taught me how to make a delicious risotto, among other things. The houses are beautifully renovated, the area surrounding it absolutely stunning. I took some cooking lessons with Catharina, a yoga class with Antonello, a wine tour and a cheese tour, and everything was great. I had so much fun and everyone I met was so nice. This is the perfect place to get away from hectic life, eat the the freshest, most regional food and learn more about it, take hikes, yoga classes... Also quite important, it's really easy to get there and there is even a bus to take you to the other villages and to the bigger town, Sora.
from Italy, May 2018
"Amazingly relaxing time in a beautiful countryside village"
Anna's cooking was simply amazing, the food was so varied and tasty, I especially loved the vegetable-ones made of local products, some of which I've never even heard of before.
Via Piana is a bit far from everything but that was exactly what I was looking for, so if you like walking a lot or have a car this is definitely the place for you. For me it was more than perfect, there are beautiful trails to discover and long hikes you can go on in the National Park.
It was a pleasure meeting Anna and her lovely dog, I will definitely come back again.
from Netherlands, October 2020
"Geweldige ervaring in een prachtig gebied"
Super gastvriendelijke ontvangst van Anna, geweldige yoga lessen van Viola, top eten en een prachtige locatie! Als je een auto huurt, kan je de omgeving verkennen waaronder het Abruzzen nationaal park.
from United States, August 2019
"Super relaxing week at Anna's!"
The location is very beautiful and quiet, the rooms are simple but large and clean, the beds are comfortable. It's a minor point, but we would have loved to have some cushions for the deck chairs as well as parasols in order to be able to relax and read on the beautiful terrace during the hot summer afternoons. Anna's food is simply amazing, delicious and healthy, she is the nicest host! The yoga lessons with Alina and Jenny were great, they were absolutely worth waking up at 7am :)!
from France, August 2019
"Un stage vraiment à la carte?"
Pratiquer à notre rythme.
Dépasser nos limites.
Apprendre de nouvelles postures une nouvelle approche.
Aller vraiment au plus profond.
Tout cela dans le cadre d’une profonde écoute de nos besoins et d’une grande sympathie.
from Germany, July 2019
"Wunderbare Woche in der Via Piana"
Für eine Woche bezogen wir das Studio in der Via Piana und hatten täglich jeden morgen 90 min Yogaunterricht. Frühstück und Abendessen war in unserem Paket ebenfalls mit drin.
Für uns war es ein absuluter Wohlfühlurlaub. Sehr ruhig und ja, friedvoll:). Besonders toll war das köstliche Essen, auf das wir uns jeden Abend noch mehr gefreut haben und der schöne Yogaunterricht.
Das Studio ist super ausgestattet und angenehm kühl. Wir haben die ganze Woche über sehr gut geschlafen.
Wir würden empfehlen mit dem Auto anzureisen um die tolle Region selbststendig erkunden zu können. Außerdem ist es ratsam ordentlich Mückenschutz dabei zu haben.
Insgesamt sind wir immer noch ganz beglückt von diesem schönen Urlaub! Liebe Anna, tausend Dank!
from Netherlands, July 2019
"What a unique place to stay."
The unforgettable hospitality of Anna who runs the place. Great yoga of Brigitte and the nice mindful people I met.
from United States, May 2019
"Erholsame Tage im Grünen"
Die Gastgeberin Anna hat am Rande der Abruzzen ein kleines Paradies geschaffen und teilt dies glücklicherweise mit ihren Gästen. Die Zimmer in den kleinen Steinhäuschen sind ansprechend gestaltet und mit allem ausgestattet, was man braucht. Anna kocht selbst- gesund und lecker- und serviert dazu ihren eigenen Wein. Die Atmosphäre ist durch die kleine Gruppengröße sehr familiär. Alles ist grün, die Schafe blöken beim Frühstück und der Start in den Tag mit Yoga ist perfekt.
from United States, September 2018
"Yoga and Italy...just wonderful"
I had a wonderful time at Anna's place. The area is completely undiscovered by tourism and it's so much fun to be out there in the untouched Italian countryside. I loved taking walks from the house between the olive groves and vineyard. The yoga with Elaine was really fantastic. She made sure the class was tailored exactly to my personal needs and was always there to listen to me after class. One of the highlights definitely was Anna's delicious home cooked food. Every night we get a two course vegetarian wholesome menu. The place convinces you not because it's fancy or polished but you can feel the love and care behind everything. The rooms are very charming too with lot's of cute little details. I also loved that our group was very small and for a couple of days it was just me and one other person. It was a special time to be alone by myself without any distractions. I highly recommend this place.
from Germany, August 2018
"Wunderschöne Erholung "
Die Lage ist traumhaft schön!
Anna kocht ganz fantastisch und ist eine wunderbare Gastgeberin.
Die Yoga Stunden bei Eileen im morgen waren sehr erholsam und sie ist eine fantastische Trainerin.
Es war alles in allem eine ganz bezaubernde Woche und tolle Zeit bei Anna!
from France, August 2018
- logement fonctionnel, propre, agréable à vivre.
- bonne qualité des aliments
- bonnes indications pour les promenades et visites alentours dont certaines sont belles.
- sur les deux profs de yoga, une était sympathique et de bonne qualité
from Germany, July 2018
"Erholsam und Kräftigend"
Ich bin am Flughafen Fiumicino in Rom angekommen und man muss schon ca 5 Stunden einplanen um über das Land zu reisen (mit den Öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln). Dabei bekommt man aber schon vorab viele Eindrücke der Landschaft und die Gastfreundlichkeit der Italienischen Kultur zu spüren.
Vor Ort konnte ich mich direkt fallen lassen und war in tiefen Entspannung.
Die Räumlichkeiten sind mit viel Liebe und Sorgfallt minimalistisch ausgestattet. Man kann sich auf das Sein Konzentrieren.
Die tägliche Yoga Einheit ist kräftigend, Energie füllend, mit vielen tollen von Tag zu Tag abwechslungsreichen Flows und Entspannungseinheiten mit Meditationshintergrund.
Das Essen war herausragend. Zum Frühstück eine leichte stärkende Kost durch eine kleine Auswahl von Obst, Müsli und Brot. Das Abendessen mit vielen verschiedenen variationen von gedünstetem Gemüse und Salat, vorab Pasta oder Kichererbsen oder Kartoffeln uva. Perfekt abgeschmeckt mit Gewürzen und Kräuter. Zum hineinlegen. Dazu kann man einen sehr feinen Rose genießen der vor Ort selbst zubereitet wird.
Es gibt tolle Wanderstrecken wie z.B. die 7-8 Stundenwanderung zum Wasserfall.
Ich habe den Pasta Kurs mitgemacht und war begeistert.
Rundum ein sehr erholsamer ruhiger Ort zum abschalten sehr gut geeignet. Lese ein Buch, beobachte die Eidechsen und andere Tiere, lausche der Natur und der Italienischen Kultur.
from Germany, July 2018
"Eine wunderbare Zeit"
Am meisten hat uns das unbeschreiblich gute Essen, die sehr gut angeleiteten Yoga-Stunden und der weite Blick gefallen. Das war wirklich unfassbar schön. Wir haben uns richtig gut erholt und hatten eine tolle Zeit. An manchen Tagen sind wir stundenlang durch die Berge gewandert und an anderen Tagen lagen wir auf dem Bett, haben den Grillen gelauscht und uns gegen Abend eine Massage gegönnt. Dieser innere Frieden, den man dort erfährt, ist eine Erfahrung, die man jedem Menschen wünscht. Die Betreiberin der Unterkunft ist eine ausgesprochen liebenswerte Person, an die wir uns noch gern erinnern und der wir für die Zukunft von ganzem Herzen alles Gute wünschen.
from Germany, July 2018
"A beautiful place and beautiful people"
Everything- the yummy yummy homemade food, the yoga with Elaine- my best yoga class ever!- the incredible scenery and stunning views, my lovely room and the lovely Anna who is a perfect host. I will definitely be back!
M Van Dijk
from Netherlands, June 2018
"A little paradise"
This place is so peaceful and quiet. Amazing dinners and stunning environment.