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

The retreat will be held in the Val d'Orcia countryside at acclaimed Podere Spedalone, a historic farm-estate located 4 kilometers from the town of Pienza. We are less than 2 hrs south of Florence, and about 3 hrs north of Rome.

Nearest Airports:    

Florence (FLR) Peretola 

Rome (FCO) Fiumicino 


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: We highly recommended arriving a few days early to visit Florence or Rome – besides being fabulous cities, you will adjust to the time change and avoid any stress 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.

Buon Viaggio!

Packing suggestions 

The weather in Tuscany in mid - September is usually warm and sunny, but rain is possible year-round. Come prepared with 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 on rustic-chic farm and dining out one night at a wonderful local restaurant – also casual. 

In addition to the usual packing items, things you will wish to have: sun hat, a good rain jacket, something warm & cozy for hanging out, comfortable shoes for walking, sandals for warm days, 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 to help you prepare as we get closer.

Travel insurance

It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance (medical and cancellation) to protect your trip investment and your health and wellbeing in case of any unforeseen circumstances before, or during, your trip. World Nomads or Travel Guard are two options with easy, online sign-up. Please purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip.