Italy Retreat September 2018
Join me for my 10th Annual Italy Retreat for Women
To celebrate my 10th year leading Italy Retreats for Women to live la dolce vita, the sweet life, in beautiful Italy, I am offering two retreats in different parts of Italy, both in September 2018. You are in for a treat!
Both tours include cooking classes with local Mammas, our own villa with another local Mamma that cooks delicious Italian food for us, swimming pools, gorgeous oceans to swim in, shopping, walking, hiking, the best art and architecture in the world, ancient ruins, massages, and eating and drinking the best that Italy has to offer.
TOUR #1: SOUTHERN ITALY
PUGLIA, BASILICATA and ROME:
September 4-15, 2018 11 Nights
TOUR #2: CENTRAL and NORTHWESTERN ITALY
TUSCANY, UMBRIA, CINQUE TERRE ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA
September 15-28, 2018 13 Nights
PUGLIA, BASILICATA and ROME: September 4-15, 2018 11 Nights
Join me for 11 days in southern Italy where ancient Italy meets modern Italy. We will be staying five nights in a ‘masseria’ country villa, surrounded by olive trees, graced with a swimming pool, and immersed in silence. We have our own Italian Mamma to cook for us. Our day trips include visits to several towns including Otranto, Alberbello, which is the historic town filled with unique trulli homes. In addition, we will go to Matera in the region of Basilicata, an other-worldly city where hundreds of cave dwellings exist and since the Bronze Age, families continued to live in. Matera was voted as the ‘Cultural City of Europe’ for 2019, winning over Siena and other cities.
In addition to time on the beach, and in the countryside, we will spend several days in Lecce, a beautiful Baroque style city of Spanish influence, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. There is time for shopping, touring, enjoying a cooking class from the local mammas, and absorbing a culture of Italy that speaks to the ancient history of this surprise-around-every-corner country. Finally, after soaking up the deliciousness of southern Puglia, located in the high heel of ‘the boot’ of Italy, we will end the Retreat with a couple of days in Rome, the Eternal City.
Central and Northwest Italy
TUSCANY, FLORENCE, UMBRIA, CINQUE TERRE ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA
September 15-28, 2018 13 Nights
Our day trips from our Tuscan villa include visits to Siena, Assisi, Cortona, San Casciano thermal springs, and more. In addition, we spend a couple delightful days in the Renaissance city of Florence, then several days on the Italian Riviera in the Cinque Terre, where we hike and swim.
We have our own personal Italian chef at the Tuscan Villa, spectacular panoramic views of mountains and the gorgeous Valdichiana (Golden Valley) in Tuscany, ten minutes from Cortona, Italy. We enjoy our private swimming pool, and walk the trails that meander through grape vineyards and olive groves, on the grounds of our 16th Century beautifully renovated villa–the fruits of which we will be savoring with our meals.
In addition to 4 days in the Cinque Terre, during our day trips, in a private van we explore the historical towns of Florence, Siena, Cortona, Assisi, and San Casciano to immerse into the healing thermal springs to melt away any stress that the silence of the villa and the Mediterranean Sea has not yet taken care of for a day to relax, receive a massage and rejuvenate with the backdrop of the green Tuscan hillsides of Val d’Orcia.
Finally a cooking class will round out our la dolce vita adventure.
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After our week’s stay at the Tuscan Villa, we spend our five nights in Florence and on the Italian Riviera in Monterosso, in the Cinque Terre. While here we adventure to other seaside villages along the coast—Portovenere, Vernazza, and Manarola. We swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean (Ligurian Sea), hike one of the trails around the mountainside to the neighboring village, eat delicious local food, take ferry and train rides, and shop in the quaint stores filled with local products.
Here’s what Lisa had to say about her experience on our last Italy Retreat for Women:
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