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

Train: It is simple to take the train from Florence or Rome to the nearest station: Chiusi-Chianciano. We can 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.

Stagecoach driver from/to Florence: We will schedule a group transfer from Florence to the villa on the start day, at about 11:30 am, according to travelers' needs. 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 also depending on number of travelers. 

Closest Train Station:  

 Chiusi - Chianciano Terme

Important Dates to Know for Travel:

The retreat starts on Saturday, September 16. Arrivals from 12pm onwards. Welcome Pranzo (lunch) at 1:30!

The retreat ends on Saturday, September 23, 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 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 rain is definitely possible, and do bring a variety of warm layers for cool early mornings, and evenings 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, 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 an faq about cycling and prep. 

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.