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 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 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, 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 Great Britain, 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 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 Great Britain, November 2017
Rooms are newly renovated. Location is amazing- beautiful nature and amazing view from terrasse
from United States, September 2017
"Awesome experience "
Peaceful location. Amazing food! Wonderful people!
from United States, August 2017
Ana was extremely kind and welcoming and Anneli's yoga classes were excellent. Ana's home cooked food and homemade wine were delicious! A really relaxing place to be.
from Denmark, July 2017
There food was great and there were lots of activities to choose from. I was lucky because I had great company that happened to also be staying they're at the same time. My favorite thing was the vineyard tour.
from United States, June 2017
I very much enjoyed my stay in Via Piana, Anna was most welcoming and did all in her power to make my stay enjoyable, the accomodation was just perfect as was the food and wine! Martina the yoga and bread making teacher was lovely and I enjoyed her classes and massage! This a very nice place to relax in the beautiful Italian countryside, there are lots of things to do if you wish, or just relax and enjoy the fabulous views! The company round the table was always interesting and I met some lovely people! Highly recomended
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!
Marjolein Van Dijk
from Netherlands, June 2018
"A little paradise"
This place is so peaceful and quiet. Amazing dinners and stunning environment.
from Italy, May 2018
"Very peaceful stay"
I really enjoyed my stay at Via Piana. The atmosphere created by the staff is so positive and welcoming. Everything they do is done with love and care for the guests. It's a small place and not a fancy place, but they treat the guests like friends staying and go out of their way to take care of them and fullfill all their needs. Food was delicious and healthy cooked by the owner Anna from Austria. I am so glad I picked this place, and not a big high profile establishment.
The countryside is also very bubolic, little vinyards, olivegroves and fields take turns in the surrounding. From time to time you see a flock of sheep passing by.
I was glad to have car there, as everywhere else in the countryside it's easier.
A great experience I will remember for a long time and I am sure I will be back .
from Switzerland, April 2018
Mir gefiel das Zimmer sehr gut. Der Yogalehrer, Santiago, war sehr freundlich, ging auf die Bedürfnisse seiner Schüler ein und gestaltete einen sehr anspruchsvollen, herausfordernden Unterricht. Das Essen von Anna, der Besitzerin, war exzellent. Sie hat sich sehr um mich gekümmert und mir Tipps für Wanderungen oder sonstige Sehenswürdigkeiten gegeben. An diesem Ort kann man sich richtig erholen und die Natur, Yoga und gutes Essen geniessen.
from Germany, October 2017
"Das beste das mir passieren konnte :-)"
Das gesamte Ambiente, sich wie zu Hause fühlen zu dürfen,die Yoga klasse, die yogalehrerin,einfach alles war perfekt !
from Germany, September 2017
"Ruhe und Bewegung"
Via Piana ist ein wunderschöner Ort mit wunderbaren Menschen, an dem man mit gutem Essen, tollen Yogakursen und weiteren spannenden oder entspannenden Aktivitäten inmitten einer atemberaubenden Landschaft verwöhnt wird. Gleichzeitig kann man auch hervorragend allein sein und z.B. stundenlang auf der Terasse sitzen und die Aussicht in der Stille genießen.
René Van Lieshout
from Netherlands, September 2017
"Good yoga, Good food, Good rooms, nice terras,nice people"
The yoga lessons in the morning were very good. Nice breakfast and diner on the terrace. I also liked the hike to the waterfall, but also to Pescosolido. Also all the other gasts that stayed at Anna's were so nice, this made it a special experience for me.
from Germany, August 2017
My stay at via piana was just beautiful. Started with a beautiful place right in nature, amazing food (Anna is cooking/baking everything by herself and uses local and super fresh ingredients) and beautiful people from in- and outside. You should definitely go there to get into that magical peaceful mood!
I will come back for sure! Especially I couldn't say goodbye to Anna :)!
from Germany, July 2017
Italy countrystay ist ein perfekter Ort um Ruhe und neue Energie zu tanken. Der idyllische Ort zwischen Olivenbäumen,Weinreben und Wiesen ist ideal für alle Naturliebhaber und Individualreisende. Die Unterkunft liegt am Hang. Von hier hat man einen wunderbaren Ausblick ins Tal. Die Zimmer sind ist sehr gemütlich eingerichtet und sauber. Der Yogaunterricht wird von ausgebildeten Lehrern gehalten. Der Unterrichtsinhalt richtet sich nach den Bedürfnissen der Teilnehmer und findet in Kleingruppen statt, daher ist die individuelle Betreuung hervorragend.
Die Gastgeberin ist eine ausgezeichnete Köchin, die jeden Abend mit Ihren aufwendig und liebevoll zubereiteten Speisen Ihre Gäste verzaubert. Warum es so gut schmeckt liegt nicht zuletzt daran, dass die Speisen ausschließlich aus regionalen Produkten von Bauern aus der Umgebung und aus biologischen Erzeugnissen stammen. Die unberührte Umgebung lädt zu Wanderungen ein. Auf Anfrage steht ein Vielfältiges Programm zur Verfügung, z.B. ein Besuch in der heimischen Käserei, eine geführte Walking Meditation etc. Ein großes Dank an die Gastgeberin und die vielen lieben Menschen Vorort.
Andreea Sommer Germany
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Emily Munro France
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My partner and I attended the yoga retreat at Anna & Antonellos in September 2016. The location was beautiful and peaceful, the perfect setting for focusing the mind and body and practicing yoga.
Martina was a calm and instructive teacher who was especially helpful to my partner who had little experience of yoga. She helped guide us through the practice and was able to challenge the more able.
The yoga classes were a wonderful start to the day and set you up for the day's activities. During our stay we were fortunate to take part in a vegetarian cooking class, helped make home made pasta with Martina, went horse riding and of course explored the mountains around Sora. There were also afternoon yoga classes, also taken by Martina, which were a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
What helped make our stay complete was meeting like minded people and talking over the dinner table. It was interesting interacting with the other guests, as well as our hosts Anna and Antonella, and of course Martina. Everyone was relaxed and approachable which made it great for socialising, especially with a glass of home made wine!
I would recommend the yoga retreat to all: singles or couples, old or young, regardless of experience you will enjoy it!
Sometimes, a vacation turns into a truly amazing experience, where one feels less like a guest, more like family; staying with Anna & Antonello was exactly this. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed like old friends, spending dinner in the dining room, along with other guests and helpers, enjoying delicious homemade vegetarian dinner and lovely red wine. We actually had car troubles on our way to the property, with our poor Mini developing an exhaust issue; Anna and Giuseppe were incredibly helpful, doing everything they could to help us have the car fixed quickly – which it was! As for the room, we had a cosy ensuite double – the bathroom was clean and spacious, with a lovely shower and a properly comfortable bed (we slept so well). The surroundings are rural, rustic and peaceful – quintessential Italian countryside, with working farmland and quiet villages. It's a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy. I'd recommend staying here in a heartbeat. Our only regret? Not staying longer!