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Castiglione della Pescaia, old town and sea on background. Maremma, Tuscany, Italy Europe.

The retreat offers a different view of Tuscany. Coast and countryside -- it's where the Italians like to escape.  

THE RETREAT

For five days and nights we'll savour, sip, steep, relish and devour every last bit of what bellissima Toscana has to offer. We'll embrace slow travel, engaging in authentic ways with the region's art, history, cuisine and landscapes. Designed to be a soul-nourishing, sensory week for the self, on this retreat you will let go of the demands of your days and be taken care of while enjoying the company of other like-minded women.  

THE ITINERARY

Each day we will incorporate something for the senses, satisfying the mind, body and spirit. There will be yoga and meditation in the mornings, and plenty of time for indulging a variety of cultural and creative activities. When we aren't at the villa, we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Val d'Orcia, an off-the-beaten-path part of Tuscany that's featured in movies like "Gladiator," "The English Patient," and Franco Zefferelli's "Romeo and Juliet," and the recent Netflix series, "Medici." We'll visit hidden gems like nearby Romanesque abbeys, tour a prestigious Montalcino winery, and enjoy the most charming, medieval and Renaissance-era towns of Tuscany. 

 

Throughout the week, Claire, our very own art historian, will give delightful introductions to what we'll be seeing. Our intention is to create an itinerary that balances your need for space and time with just the right amount of culture and community.  

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in a private villa which is part of a larger, family-owned estate. An hour and a half from Florence, and fifteen minutes from Montalcino (renowned for its rich Brunello wine) the villa is nestled amid some of the world's most inspiring landscapes. Surrounded by the family's olive groves and 600 hectares of vineyards, with a pool and several panoramic sitting areas, the grounds are perfect for plenty of peace and quiet...a great place to dance like nobody's watching.

The villa also has wifi, a washing machine, air-conditioning and a private chef.

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