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8 Days Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Italy

Cooking and Yoga Retreat Italy in Enchanting Marche Region

Enjoy an unforgettable yoga holiday in Le Marche! Le Marche is a province in east-central Italy with rolling vineyards surrounded by walled cities, castles, history, and breathtaking scenery. The atmosphere is peaceful, tranquil, and ideal for yoga. You will have the chance to participate in yoga classes, enjoy cooking classes, go cheese and olive oil tasting and guided excursions, and indulge in delicious food and wine. Come and totally be relaxed during your holiday!


  • Daily yoga practices
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit famous Italian cheese producer
  • Olive oil degustation in traditional oil mills
  • Visit local market for fresh ingredients
  • Sample famous local wines
  • 7 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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For this holiday, you will be staying on a lovely villa on the hills of Marche in a shared double room. All rooms have a private bathroom.


For this Italian cooking holiday, you will have the chance to learn two cooking classes. You will also have the chance to go on guided excursions and to sample and taste delicious, wine, cheese, and olive oil.

Not only that, you will experience and refresh yourself everyday with yoga practice. All the yoga classes are suitable for all levels. Your class will be taught by a Kundalini yoga instructor. A Kundalini yoga class is composed of both dynamic and still asanas (the same as Hatha yoga), relaxation, meditation, and mantra chanting.

Day 1 - Benvenuti in Le Marche

Maritaly by Gazzella Viaggi Srl's travel representative will be at the Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI) to greet you. You will have a private transfer to your home for this week and you will meet your host and your yoga instructor. At night, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with local wines at the country house and discussion about the activities for the week.

Meal: Welcome dinner included

Day 2 - Morning yoga, Mondavio Fortress, and precious olive oil of Cartoceto

You will start with an early morning yoga class followed by a wonderful country breakfast. You will then visit the Mondavio Fortress and go on a gastronomical tour to the traditional oil mill in Cartoceto. For lunch, you will have it at a local trattoria. On the way back, you will stop for a wine tasting tour and the guided tour of Corinaldo, which is a small medieval village, counted among the most beautiful in Italy, protected by towering medieval walls. After that, you will transfer back to the country house for a dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 3 - Morning yoga, first cooking course, and time at leisure

You will start with a morning yoga followed by breakfast, then time at leisure. A recommended place for you to go is to visit the Frasassi Caves, which is one of Italy's largest and most famous complex of caves. Lunch will be served in the country house. In the afternoon, you will have your first cooking course with the chef, followed by dinner of your creations.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 4 - Morning yoga and Ayurvedic diagnosis

You will start your morning with yoga, followed by breakfast. After that, you will have some time at leisure. An optional activity for you is to participate in an Ayurvedic diagnosis with Swami Joythimayananda Master. Ayurvedic diagnosis is made through careful listening to a detailed health history and a physical exam that involves evaluating the pulse and tongue. Lunch will be served at the farmhouse.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy an optional excursion to Fabriano with paper-making master class. At night, dinner will be served at the farmhouse.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5 - Second cooking class, Loreto and wine degustation, and evening yoga

You will start your morning with breakfast, followed by a visit to the local food market with your cooking instructor to choose the freshest ingredients for your second hands-on cooking class. You will then have your second cooking class and lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Loreto, which is renowned for the Holy House of the Virgin Mary, where you can pass through the holy door to gain an indulgence.

After that, you will visit local wine producers for wine tasting and education. This area boasts plenty of wine producers that are mainly of two qualities, which are the Verdicchio and Lacrima. You will have an evening yoga class, followed by dinner with local wines at the country house.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6 - Morning yoga, Urbino, cheese, and olive oil degustation

You will start with a morning yoga followed by breakfast. After that, you will have a full day excursion by a private mini bus and your expert guide to the majestic city of Urbino. The tour crosses the two main districts of Urbino, the noble and the craftsman of the Poggio del Monte, who hold two major house museums, which are the Palazzo Ducale and the birthplace of Raphael, representing the great personality of Duke Federico da Montefeltro and the divine painter, Raffaello Sanzio.

The visit of the most important rooms will be joined by the illustration of the most interesting works of the two museums between places of the city and people who live here. You will then enjoy a gastronomical tour to the local Caseificio, which produce famous Italian cheese, Caciotta di Urbino. Lunch will be at the local trattoria based on the natural products of the Marche region.

On the way back to the country house, you will stop in Cartoceto for the guided visit of the traditional olive oil mill with the degustation of precious olive oil of Cartoceto. After that, transfer back to the country house for dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 7 - Morning yoga and optional shopping tour

You will start with a morning yoga, followed by breakfast. After that, time at leisure, relax at the villa, take a walk in the countryside, or book an optional full day excursion to Civitanova Marche with the possibility to visit also the most famous outlets and shoes factories of the region. Lunch will be at the local restaurant. You will then return to the country house for relaxation. For dinner tonight, the chef will prepare an unforgettable farewell dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8 - Goodbye Marche

The tour officially ends. You will be accompanied by your tour leader to the to the Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI) or to the train station and be assisted with check-in formalities to board your flight home.

Meal: Breakfast included.

Included excursions

  • Drive to Loreto
  • Enjoy full day excursion in Urbino
  • Enjoy guided tour of Corinaldo
  • Go on a gastronomical tour to Cartoceto
  • Go on a gastronomical tour to Caseificio
  • Stop for a guided visit to a traditional olive oil mill in Cartoceto
  • Visit local food market
  • Visit local wine producers
  • Visit Mondavio Fortres


Le Marche is a glorious and unspoilt region of Italy, full of wonderful scenery, lovely beaches, and a plethora of places of interest and historical sites, such as Loreto, the stunning caves of Frasassi, and Villa Prati, which offers a unique holiday villa experience in the heart of the Le Marche region.

The fact that it is still a relatively unknown area in comparison to Tuscany and Umbria, is a significant part of its charm, with few souvenir shops, less crowds, and yet so much to see and do, all in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Easily accessible with flights to Ancona or Bologna, Le Marche’s wonderful geographical diversity has led to it being labelled as The Whole of Italy in One Region.

It remains a largely undiscovered gem in the heart of Italy, sandwiched between the stunning Apennine Mountains on its western fringes and the beautiful Adriatic coast to the east.

Perhaps, because Le Marche has historically been an isolated region, sheltered as it is from intrusion by its natural mountain borders to the north, south, west, and by the Adriatic Sea to the east, it is only slowly gaining rightful recognition overseas, although the Italians have long favored it for their own holidays.

Often overshadowed by its better known and more touristy neighbours, Tuscany and Umbria, and strangely overlooked by the travel media, Le Marche can justifiably claim to be Italy’s very own Garden of Eden and hidden secret at that. Boasting lush greenery and an enchanting mixture of vineyards, olive groves, sunflower fields, abundant woodland, and rivers, which wind their way down to a beautiful coastline, topped off with stunning mountain scenery.



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Local market


The Marche represents a unique reality in the food and wine sector and can be considered as the synthesis of Italian delicacies grouped on one land only, Italy in one region. In fact, precisely in virtue of the varied and articulate configuration of the territory, dominated by the mountains, and overlooking the sea, different culinary traditions can be found, as a result of the happy combination between nature, traditions, and culture. The Marche boasts a tradition of food and wine made with simple and genuine ingredients, kind tastes, where strong and decisive tasting dishes, mainly with meat, are alternated with dishes of shellfish, blue fish, and fish salad.

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover spiritual experience in Marche
  • Enjoy extreme sports
  • Enjoy golfing
  • Enjoy horse back riding
  • Enjoy thermal baths
  • Explore fortress and castles
  • Go cycling
  • Go hiking
  • Go shopping
  • Take part in marine water sports
  • Visit museums
  • Visit national parks

What's included

  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 yoga classes
  • 7 breakfasts and dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to and from Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI)
  • All excursions and guided tours mentioned under itinerary
  • Regional wines and mineral water served with meals
  • Transfers to and from Senigallia or Jesi train station
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Local and city taxes
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Maritaly by Gazzella Viaggi Srl will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

You can also arrive Senigallia or Jesi train station, which is the nearest train station. Maritaly by Gazzella Viaggi Srl will pick you up from the train station.

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