TO TUSCANY WITH LOVE

WALKING AND YOGA RETREAT IN TUSCANY, ITALY

SEPTEMBER 8 – 14, 2025

                                                                             I simply fell in love with Italy- like you fall in love with a person.”

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home In Italy

LOCATION

Tuscany is a dream destination for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the charm and romance of Italy, and embrace the Italian concept of La Dolce Vita, the sweet life. La Dolce Vita invites us to enjoy the small things, taking time to pause and appreciate everyday moments and live life to the fullest.

From the rolling hills of vineyards to the picturesque towns and villages, Tuscany is a treasure trove of history, art, culture, food and wine. You’ll marvel at the stone villages, olive groves, and cypress trees dotted around rolling green hills. Tuscany is where all your dreams of strolling through the Italian countryside come true.

ACTIVITIES

We’ll explore the medieval city of Siena, walk along the most picturesque parts of the pilgrims’ trail called the Via Francigena, visit Monteriggioni, a quaint village still contained within medieval walls, and San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most well-preserved medieval towns.

This walking and yoga retreat is a balance between the more active side – the walks and yoga– along with enjoying the mouth-watering Italian cuisine and visiting historic villages and local cultural favorites.

You may work up an appetite on the guided walks, but you’ll also get to indulge in one of Tuscany’s renowned culinary delights like pappardelle alla lepre, or stop to sample a sweet like the delicious panforte or ricciarelli. Don’t miss a chance to try the best gelato in the world, as well! With its scenic countryside and rich history, Tuscany offers a travel experience that will be both memorable and enchanting.

You will, no doubt, fall in love with Tuscany on this walking and yoga retreat.

ACCOMMODATION

During this retreat, we will stay at Tenuta di Mensanello, a farm estate located in the heart of Chianti, near Siena, and the Via Francigena, featuring 740 acres of rolling hills and a working farm, olive groves and vineyard.

Tenuta di Mensanello, carefully tended by three generations, is now operated by grandson, Neri and his partner, Annarita and boasts an excellent farm-to-table restaurant. You’ll even enjoy a glass of Chianti with your dinner, sourced from the vineyard right outside the door.

 

Our Tuscany Retreat Package includes the following:

  • Transfer from Florence
      Pick up at 1pm on September 8, 2025 from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella). Transfer to

    Tenuta di Mensanello farm estate. Approx. arrival time is 2pm.

  • Guided visit of estate
      Tour of Tenuta di Mensanello, a farm estate located in the heart of Chianti, near Siena, and the Via Francigena, featuring 740 acres of rolling hills and a working farm, olive groves and vineyard.
  • 6 Farm-to-table dinners
      Tenuta di Mensanello, is operated by Neri and his partner, Annarita and boasts an excellent farm-to-table restaurant. With each dinner you will enjoy a glass of Chianti from their own vineyard. (Additional wine purchase will be available.)

  • Hatha Yoga classes
      Enjoy 9 hatha yoga classes taught by experienced and licensed yoga teachers. No yoga experience required. The classes can be modified for your needs. Yoga mats, blankets, blocks and straps provided.

  • San Gimignano walk
      Following the Via Francigena north, enjoy a fully guided walk towards the town of San Gimignano.
  • Lunch in San Gimignano
      Enjoy a hosted lunch on arrival in San Gimignano.
  • 6 Breakfasts at hotel
      Breakfasts will be served every morning at Tenuta di Mensanello. Enjoy homemade cakes, as well as, classic local produce and savory foods from fresh eggs to Tuscan prosciutto and local cheeses.
  • Guided Elsa River trail
      Walk a somewhat shaded trail that follows the Elsa River along a valley.
  • Visit Monteriggioni
      A guided walk that follows the Via Francigena south towards the town of Monteriggioni. This village has a medieval feel, and is entirely contained within the 13th century walls.
  • Lunch in Abbadia a Isola
      Arrive in Abbadia a Isola during our walk to Moteriggioni. Enjoy a hosted lunch at Futura Osteria.

  • Guided tour of Siena
      You’ll visit the incredible Duomo, picturesque main square (Piazza del Campo), explore medieval streets, wonderful collection of restaurants, and the views from the top of Torre del Mangia.
  • Tuscan Cooking Class
      The chefs at Tenuta di Mensanello will teach you how to make one of their Tuscan specialties. Then we will get to eat what we make for dinner that night.
  • Winery and lunch
      We will explore a walking route near the town of Sambuca. From there, we will continue to Poggio al Sole Winery for winetasting and a light lunch.
  • Visit Badia a Passignano
      Walk to Badia a Passignano, located in the heart of Chianti Classico and known for the Abbey of Passignano, a medieval monastery founded in 395 A.D. by the Archbishop of Florence.
  • Transfer to Florence
      On Sunday, September 14, 2025 at 10 am, you will be transferred back to Florence to continue your journey or start your trip home.

 

Not included in the price of our retreat:

    Airfare, Travel Insurance (Recommended), Alcohol not otherwise included with dinners, 2 lunches, and Tips.

HEALTHY EATING

Rocky and I are foodies! That means the quality of the food on our retreats is very important to us. Enjoy delicious, healthy meals prepared with fresh local ingredients by a wonderful chef. Meals will include locally sourced meats and fish with vegetarian options always available. We use organic and local produce whenever possible.

 Tuscany Yoga Retreat September 8-14, 2025  

 SOLD OUT!

$3495 per person Double Occupancy Room

$3850 per person Single Occupancy Room (very limited)

$500 per person deposit to reserve your place

Final Balance due June 8, 2025
No Refunds after June 8, 2025

See Terms and Conditions page for refund policy