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10 Day Under the Tuscan Sun Culinary Vacation in Italy with Mindfulness and Yoga
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Agriturismo La Colmata, Localita' Casenuove, 27/28, 52048 Montagnano, Arezzo, Italy

Mindful Adventure Yoga Holiday and Culinary Tour Italy

Come and join Vitalia Tours for a relaxing ‘mindful adventure’ exploring nooks and crannies of Tuscany and surrounding areas while enjoying yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices as you venture through the enchanting countryside.

Meet the instructors

Joanie & Alison
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Highlights

  • Private cooking lesson
  • Private yoga and mindfulness sessions
  • Several winery tour and tasting excursions ​​
  • Shop at local markets​​ and watch local artisan demonstrations​​
  • Visit an ancient olive oil mill with tasting​​
  • Private guided walking tour of Florence
  • All breakfasts and dinners included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
02:00

During this holiday, you will be staying at Agriturismo La Colmata. You will have the option to stay at a single, double, or twin room - all rooms are with private bathroom. The villa offers spacious rooms with all amenities such as hairdryer, toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, and mini fridge.

Bottled water is available at no additional fee. The villa also boasts beautiful grounds with an in-ground swimming pool with sun loungers, wood-fired pizza oven, outdoor dining terrace, and gardens. Guests are welcome to walk the grounds.

Program

This ‘Mindful Adventure’ tour is a fully-escorted tour with all of your accommodations, excursions, and tours, transportation, and most of your meals completely arranged and included. There will be plenty of activities and sightseeing, however there's still plenty of time to roam, shop, or sit in the piazza taking in the local flavor.

Relax and savor as you sip wine under the olive trees, sample olive oil at an ancient mill and nibble on organic Pecorino cheese while admiring the fantastic view. Experience the simple pleasures of exploring the Tuscany region with its amazing scenery and incredible food and wine!

Explore and learn as your expert local guide eagerly shares the secrets and charm of Florence’s art and history. And what better way to learn about a culture than through its food? You'll also enjoy a private cooking and wine tasting class in what was a former medieval castle.

Discover as you visit small villages and quaint towns just waiting for you to explore their cobbled streets and markets.​ You'll traverse the nooks and crannies of Tuscany and surrounding areas while enjoying yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices as you venture through the enchanting countryside.​

Enjoy and experience the local culture and the Italian lifestyle. Indulge in the perfect Tuscan retreat experience. Rediscover the simple pleasures of life, while enjoying a completely stress-free getaway.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day - Benvenuto!

Welcome to Italy! Group arrives to Rome where your driver & tour escort will meet you. Check into your accommodations, a farm villa set in the heart of Tuscany. The rest of the evening is yours to explore or relax. At night, there will be a group welcome dinner with local wines. Dinner included.

Day 2: Arezzo: Where life is beautiful

Morning yoga and / or mindfulness workshop before breakfast. Then it’s off to the town of Arezzo (made famous by the movie “Life is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni) to explore. Even though the medieval center was destroyed during World War II, Arezzo still has a beautiful piazza and many historical buildings and churches as well as a Roman Amphitheater and the remains of a fortress. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3: Easter celebrations in Tuscany or Il Dolce Far Niente

This morning, start the day with a ‘Healing Hands Restorative yoga‘ session. Today is all about relaxing and making yourselves at home at the farmhouse. You may choose to take a dip in the pool, go for a walk, or simply hang out and read a good book. Arrangements will be made for those that wish to attend a local Easter Mass. In the afternoon you'll enjoy a traditional Tuscan Easter feast with the locals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 4: Val d'Orcia and Pecorino Cheese

Today after breakfast, you will depart for a tour of two of Tuscany’s most famous towns: Montepulciano and Pienza, set in the Val d’Orcia - what many view as the “quintessential” Tuscany. You will first stop in Pienza, famous for its Pecorino cheese, and have a tasting.

After lunch, it’s off to the steeply sloped town of Montepulciano where you can wander the streets, stop at shops, churches and town squares, as well as visit an enoteca to tour their ancient cellars and have a wine tasting. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5: Cortona: ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ with a wine-pairing lunch

Begin the day with breakfast and a one hour morning mindfulness workshop. Then you will meet your private driver for your departure to Cortona where you’ll first enjoy a private luncheon and wine tasting in a Renaissance palazzo.

Cortona, which has its roots in Etruscan history, is a quiet and romantic town nestled in the beautiful hills of the Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo. It was made famous by Frances Mayes’ book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6: Renaissance Florence

​​This morning your private driver will transfer you to Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance. Upon your arrival you’ll enjoy a private “Introduction to Florence” walking tour. On this four-hour tour, you'll be hitting all of the highlights while learning about the mystery, seduction, and history of Florence, which includes the Renaissance, its important noble families, and famous artists.

Uncover the many secrets and treasures found within the historical walls as this tour lays out the foundation of what made Florence the fascinating city it is today. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or exploring this magnificent city on your own. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7: Cooking lessons and wine tasting

After a leisurely breakfast at the accommodation, head off to a former medieval castle to meet your local chef instructor who will guide you through a half-day cooking lesson. Roll-up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class where you will be learning to prepare a full multi-course traditional Tuscan meal.

From appetizer, to pasta, main course (secondi or meat), and finally, dessert. At the end of the class you will sit down to lunch and taste all the delicious food you have created, paired with the wines of the estate in a unique and fun wine-tasting that we will enjoy in the atmosphere of their aging cellar.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided meditation. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8: Chianti: Farm lunch and wine

After breakfast, depart to the Chianti region - an area of Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name. This is a beautiful region of terra-cotta-roofed towns and winding roads, leading through groves of olive trees, with cypress and endless vineyards stitching sun-dappled rolling hillsides - this is wine country.

You will visit some quaint villages, have lunch on a local farm, and sample some wine. What else would you do in Chianti? And since you are in Italy, you will also stop for some famous gelato! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 9: Ancient Oil Mills, Olive Oil, and lunch with the locals

After a leisurely breakfast, you're going to head out to an area of Tuscany that is off-the-beaten path. You will visit an ancient olive oil mill that has been in the same family since the 15th century. Enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch. Here you will see that they still crush the olives with an old stone wheel.

After your visit, you will stop at a nearby small medieval village where it looks as if time has stood still. Enjoy some free time where you can shop, visit local artisans, take advantage of the hundreds of photo-ops or enjoy an apertivo in the piazza. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10: Departure day

You will have an early morning breakfast at the villa as you say your goodbyes. After that, you will board the vans and depart for the Rome Airport (FCO). Bid Arrivederci to Italy!

Included excursions

  • Private guided tour of Ancient Rome
  • Private guided tour of Vatican City including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Guided walking food tour
  • Wine pairing dinner

Instructors

Joanie Fisler

Alison Ritrovato

Location

Food

All breakfasts and dinners are included, as well as most lunches. Breakfasts are served buffet style and offer a traditional Italian breakfast of "sweet and savory" selections: Fresh fruit, organic juices from the farm, cakes, and pastries (many of them featuring the fresh fruit of the farm), breads, cereal, yogurt, jams, sliced meats, and cheeses.

Included lunches are typically served family style and feature typical dishes of the region. These meals are at the discretion of the host.

All dinners are served family style and feature the fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits from the farm. Most meals offer four courses: antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolce. Local wine is served with dinner. Vitalia Tours can accommodate all special diets and dietary needs with advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation in an agriturismo villa set in the Tuscan countryside
  • All breakfasts, buffet style
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Local wine included with meals
  • Land transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Private full-time escort, interpreter, and driver
  • Private bus / van for daily excursions
  • Guided walking tour in Florence
  • All excursions and entrance fees as outlined by the itinerary
  • Cooking lesson
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • Trips to local markets
  • Cheese and olive oil tasting events
  • Exclusive use of onsite studio for workshops
  • Mindfulness and yoga sessions with Joanie and Alison throughout the tour
  • Transfers from and to Rome airport (FCO)
  • Free Wi-Fi at accommodations
  • Pre-trip information packet
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, and parking fees​​​​
  • Free welcome bottle of Prosecco

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents and fees: i.e. passport and visas (if required)
  • Any telephone, cell, data, and internet usage
  • Items of a personal nature​
  • Travel-related expenses outside of the tour itinerary
  • Any food or beverage ordered by traveler that is not included or presented during meals including: wine and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and gelato
  • Any taxes on personal items purchased
  • Optional tips to guides, staff or drivers (these are not required and are given at your discretion)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Vitalia Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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