You may have the universe
if I may have Italy
— Giuseppe Verdi

The retreat will be held in the Val d'Orcia countryside at a wonderful farmhouse estate located 4 kilometers from the town of Pienza, in the province of Siena. We are less than 2 hrs south of Florence, and about 3 hrs north of Rome.

Nearest Airports:    

Florence (FLR) Peretola 

Rome (FCO) Fiumicino 

Pisa (PSA) Galileo Galilei

Options for arriving at Podere Spedalone

 If you will be arriving from Rome, you will take a train to the Chiusi-Chianciano Terme station. We will arrange a driver to pick you up from there (about a 50 min. drive). If you will be arriving from Rome, this is the way to go.

If you will be arriving from Florence, you may take a train to Chiusi-Chianciano station, OR come with our private driver (read on).

Stagecoach driver from/to Florence: We will schedule a group transfer with our trusty professional driver Ilario, departing from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella) on Sunday, departing at about 1 pm (exact time TBA). The price per person depends on number of travelers, (around 30 euros/person). We can also arrange transfers for you outside of the pre-scheduled timeframe at a cost per person (depending on number of travelers.) 

Closest Train Station:  

 Chiusi - Chianciano Terme

Important Dates to Know for Travel:

NOTE: It is wonderful and highly recommended to arrive some days early to visit Florence or Rome – besides being fabulous places, you will adjust to the time change and avoid any stressing about arriving on time. Maximize your enjoyment and come to bella Italia early if you possibly can! 

The retreat starts on Sunday, September 9. Arrivals at the farmhouse from 3 pm onwards.

The retreat ends on Sunday, September, 16 after yoga and a farewell breakfast. Transfers arranged back to Florence depending on the departure needs of the group. We can arrange a driver for you to the train station in Chiusi for returns to Rome, as well.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance with planning your travel.

Buon Viaggio!

Packing Suggestions 

The weather in Tuscany in mid - September is usually warm and sunny, but be prepared for possible rain showers as well. Do bring a variety of warm layers as early mornings are cool, and evenings can be chilly on the terrace. The climate is hard to predict anymore!  The dress code is very relaxed and casual in rural Tuscany. We will be staying in a country farm-villa and dining out a couple of nights at wonderful restaurants – also casual. 

In addition to the usual packing items, things you will wish to have: Cycling clothes, sun hat, a good rain jacket, something warm & cozy, comfortable shoes for walking, flip-flops for the van, swimsuit (pool and hot springs), yoga clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, plug adapter for your devices.

A complete packing guide will be sent to you in advance, along with additional inspiration and guidance as we get closer! 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance (medical and cancellation) to protect your trip investment in case of any unforeseen circumstances before, or during, your trip. World Nomads or Travel Guard are two options with easy, online sign-up, or ask your travel agent.