7D Via Mondo Food, Wine & Yoga

Florence is filled with lovers, artists and scholars. This romantic city with its medieval towers, historical buildings, many statues and avenues offers up an eclectic mix of architectural brilliance and intellectual discoveries all with an artistic style. No travel tour of Italy is complete without Tuscany—particularly Florence. The capital of Tuscany, Florence, has been beautifully preserved to take you back in time during the height of its glory. 

Via Mondo offer you the perfect Italian getaway with their very popular 7 Day The Art of Food & Wine Yoga Retreat. After a stimulating visit and exploring around Florence, a visit to the country side is on the agenda, where you will enjoy sipping famous Chianti and Brunello wines in style! A bountiful array of towns and villages dot the rolling hills showcasing their own riches, nuances and unique story. In order to further embed you in the beauty for this valley, enjoy Via Mundo’s daily yoga classes to turn your travel tour into a luxurious wellness retreat.

In this 7 Day The Art of Food & Wine Yoga Retreat you will begin by dining in Florence’s trendiest quarter where you can enjoy a typical Florentine dinner in the heart of the city. The second day will begin with one-hour of yoga followed by a customized excursion in the morning, lunch in town, then an afternoon chocolate tasting at Vestri.

The third day you can enjoy yoga and then breakfast, followed by a free day in Florence-  your chance to explore on your own or visit the many cities and towns accessible by bus or train. On the following days, you can enjoy an early morning walk or jog before the city wakes up. You will have an adventure to Volterra, San Gimignano, Monterinaldi and more. Enjoy a fresh cool gelato, a lesson on wine making philosophy and a class on how to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal. Yoga sessions will be offered all throughout the retreat, usually before breakfast. 

You will stay at two lovely hotels during your retreat. Villa Fiesole Hotel is a 4 star hotel that offers a scenic location with the opportunity to spend relaxing evenings admiring the lights in the center of Florence reflecting on the calm waters of the river Arno. Villa La Palagina is a restored sixteenth century villa that belonged to the noble Florentine family Ricasoli. All of the rooms are unique, but each one is decorated with beautiful frescoes, offering a comfortable stay, with all amenities.

The cost of this retreat includes all accommodation, all savory breakfasts, 4 organic lunches, 3 nutritional dinners with local wine, all cultural enrichment including 5 unique excursions, 5 Kripalu yoga sessions, a morning meditation walk, and all transportation and guides. This is the perfect way to see Italy in real style, combing adventure and activity with yoga and wellness for a truly enjoyable and memorable experience. 

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Excursion
  • Meals
  • Pool
  • WiFi Internet
Venue   Hotel Villa Fiesole

Villa Fiesole Hotel is a 4 star hotel that, thanks to its scenic location, offers all guests the opportunity to spend relaxing evenings admiring the lights in the center of Florence reflecting on the calm waters of the river Arno. The magnificent location of the Hotel Villa Fiesole does not preclude the chance of reaching the center of Florence in a few minutes and enjoy its artistic wonders; at the end of a long day of exploring every corner of the city will be particularly enjoyable going back to a 4 star hotel in Fiesole leaving behind the city's hustle and bustle.


Set in the hills of Florence and 2 km from the SS 302, this upscale hotel in an old-world villa is 6 km from Florence Cathedral and 8 km from the 16th-century Uffizi Palace. The airy rooms feature sophisticated, French-inspired decor with rustic accents, and include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add frescoed ceilings, as well as private terraces or patios overlooking the courtyard. There's an intimate Mediterranean restaurant with a stone fireplace and terrace seating. Other amenities include a bar, a rooftop terrace and a solarium, plus a seasonal outdoor pool.


Book a stay at the Villa Fiesole Hotel and give yourself the chance of a vacation dedicated to the maximum relaxation: surrounded by the fine architectural lines of our nineteenth century villa your stay in a 4 star hotel in Fiesole will be incredibly rejuvenating.

Accommodations

Food

All breakfasts, 4 organic lunches and 3 delicious healthy dinners with wine are included in this retreat. The elegant and refined breakfast room of the Hotel Villa Fiesole is where you will begin your day in the very best of ways with an abundant buffet featuring a wide range of carefully prepared items. In the light-filled restaurant you can enjoy Tuscan and Mediterranean specialties carefully prepared by the Chef. During the warm season – from April through October – meals, including breakfast in the morning, will be served outdoors on the elegant panoramic terrace, the ideal place to relax and enjoy a stunning and incomparable view of Florence. The highly talented and passionate chefs at the hotel prepare dishes with only the freshest ingredients. This ensures that every dish prepared has a high nutritional value and the most exquisite flavors. Vegan options are available on the menu as well. 

Lets not forget you are in Italy- the food capital! You will also have the freedom to explore the local cuisine as you please. Aromatic pizza, fresh pasta, cool gelato, centuries-old recipes passed down through generations, local wine and cheese- get ready for a taste extravaganza! 

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RETREAT

Learn the art of food and wine in this luxury retreat with Via Mondo. Explore the intricacies of Italian cuisine while enjoying the most stunning views of Florence in this 7-day retreat. Being the birthplace of Renaissance, Florence is a treasure with its art galleries and museums. Connect with Italy's heritage and culture in the most spectacular of ways! 

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  Tuscany, Italy

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the Metropolitan City of Florence. The cradle of Renaissance, it was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time. The Historic Centre of Florence attracts 13 million tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world's 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8 million visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.


The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.


Florence's Amerigo Vespucci international airport, known to locals as "Peretola" has good connections to the center of the city, which can be reached in about fifteen minutes by taxi or bus. The Ataf-Sita "Vola in Bus” one way, and makes the circuit between the airport and the central train station every half an hour from 5:30AM to 8PM, then once an hour afterwards. There is a taxis from the airport to any place in the historic center of Florence. They will charge extra for each piece of luggage handled by the driver.


Much cheaper flights to destinations throughout Europe can be found at Pisa airport. Low-cost airlines which fly to Pisa include Thomsonfly, Easyjet, Ryanair, Transavia, Wizzair and HLX. Pisa airport and Florence are connected by rail and by bus. Both leave from and arrive at the main entrance to the airport. The bus station in Florence is immediately across the street from the main railroad station, "Firenze SMN".