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Calling all Goddesses who love experiencing the richness of all that life has to offer. This is a women only retreat for 13 amazing "siSTARS"! Alchemy Tours has planned a beautiful, magical and authentic trip to the heart of one of the most amazing places on earth, Tuscany! Some say you can fall in love with a place just as you can with a person. This is certainly true of Toscana! The tastes, sights and people of Tuscany will nourish your spirit and renew your sense of joy. Experiencing life under the Tuscan sun is something that stays with you forever. In Italy, you slow down to enjoy each breath, each sip of chianti, each taste of antipasto. You may in fact realize that you are actually home: the home of your heart. And life will never be the same after that. Tuscany teaches us to savor each moment and live inspired by the details that might have otherwise passed you by.
Borgo Casanuova Villa can accommodate 16 guests. The house has a private garden with wrought iron tables and chairs, umbrella, deck chairs, and barbecue. The villa is on two floors and has two entrances. On the ground floor, there are two communicating living rooms with fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen on the right side of the house, dining room and second kitchen corner on the left side of the house, and two standard double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom with shower.
The upper floor is not connected. On the right side of the house, there are one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower and one triple bedroom with bathroom with shower. On the left side of the house on the upper floor, there are two double rooms with own bathroom with shower and one triple bedroom with large bathroom with shower and tub.
The villa is provided with a gourmet kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, dryer machine, iron and iron board, drying rack, flat screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi connection, telephone and safe deposit in each bedroom, air conditioning in each bedroom and sitting room, hair dryer, bathrooms amenities (eco shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, lotion), lux pool towels, and private parking.
Accommodation is in one-bedroom apartments with private baths. All the apartments are independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. A spacious swimming pool and welcoming patio with sun deck and lounge chairs.
Do you appreciate the finer things in life? Get ready to live in your own private Tuscan paradise once owned by Royalty! Since 1700 this beautiful Tuscan estate in the area of Chianti Rufina has been part of history in the making. And even in modern times they are leading the way as one of the first Organic Wineries, even producing sulphate free wine.
Yes, that’s right you will live at an award winning organic winery and olive oil producer dedicated to organic lifestyle. You will be guests at your own 10th-century restored plush villa with all private en suite baths at gorgeous Fattoria Lavacchio.
Tickets will be purchased for you to experience the most beautiful palace in the world, Pitti Palace.
Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden) houses a collection of roses, lemons, and other plants, as well as a Japanese garden. It contains about 400 varieties of roses for a total of about 1,200 plants. The garden was created in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, who also designed the piazzale on behalf of the City of Florence in anticipation of moving the capital of Italy from Turin. It covers about one hectare of land which offers a panoramic view of the city, sandwiched between viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore, and via dei Bastioni.
Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley. The Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the city’s most famous Renaissance artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti. At the center of the square stands a replica of his most famous statue, the David. The bronze statue is set on a large pedestal, decorated with replicas of allegorical statues depicting day, night, dusk and dawn.
San Miniato standing atop one of the highest points in the city of Florence is one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetti monastery to the basilica where the monks sell herbal teas and special honey elixirs. The mosaics and frescoes inside the church are incredible.
You will also visit a church complex and the Cemetery from the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte by Hans von Bartels. Adjacent to the church is the cloister, planned as early as 1426 and built from 1443 to mid-1450s. It was designed by Bernardo and Antonio Rosselino.
The whole complex is surrounded by defensive walls, originally built hastily by Michelangelo during the siege and, in 1553, expanded into a true fortress (fortezza) by Cosimo I de’ Medici. The walls now enclose a beautiful large cemetery, the Porte Sante, laid out in 1854.
Wine tasting and guided tour of cellars at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio.
Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled towns. Since the Middle Ages, its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his ’round enclosure’ in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41).
Recently, a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding countryside towards Chianti and the Valdelsa and to enjoy a unique view of the town and its fortifications.
Siena preserves its medieval character to a remarkable degree and has been largely unspoiled by new buildings. In fact, Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot and has its own boundary and distinct identity. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the annual horse race (Palio) in the Piazza del Campo.
No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Montepulciano, a hilltop haven away from the crowds. Tuscany is at its best in its small historic hilltowns. Montepulciano is not exactly undiscovered but it’s below the radar. Standing imperious on its high tufa ridge, it seems to have been positioned by a landscape painter and laid out by a designer of Renaissance opera sets.
It has one of the most intact and architecturally unified historic centers of any Italian town: within its walls, apart from a few nips and tucks, no major building work has taken place since 1580. From the panoramic terrace outside the church of San Francesco, the view stretches west across neat vineyards and patchwork fields of corn and sunflowers to distant wooded hills.
Those vineyards produce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the austere but elegant red wine to which the town’s name is umbilically linked. Wine has been made here since at least the 8th century, possibly earlier, and by the mid‑16th century, Montepulciano’s lofty reputation was already sealed: Pope Paul III’s cellarmaster described it admiringly as “un vino da signori” (a wine for aristocrats).
You will make a stop near San Gimignano to look for girasole. The healing benefits of sunflowers, the happiest of flowers, include loyalty and longevity. Helianthus comes from the Greek 'Helios' which means sun and 'anthos' which means flower. These flowers always turn towards the sun. They were grown for their usefulness, not their beauty.
In 1532, Francisco Pizarro reported seeing the natives of the Inca Empire in Peru worshipping a giant sunflower. Incan priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their garments.
‘San Gimignano delle belle Torri’ served as an important relay point for pilgrims traveling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 meters) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.
The People’s Palace is one of the most important monuments of San Gimignano, being both the home of the Civic Museum and rich in paintings by the Florentine and Sienese schools (dating from the 13th century) such as the “Crucifix”, painted by Coppo di Marcovaldo, the triptyches by Niccolò Tegliacci and Taddeo di Bartolo, dating from the 14th century, and other important works of art dating from the 15th century painted by Domenico Michelino, Pinturicchio and Filippino Lippi.
Silvia is a converse collector, travel addict (can't stop, won't stop), and Happiness Activist. She mostly follows the sun for an endless summer switching between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres where you’ll find me in Bali half the year. She's a storyteller inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in everyone she meets. For over 15 years, with more than 12000 hours of teaching experience through her writings, workshops, podcast, and international retreats and trainings she has activated people to get unstuck from their pain and uplevel their happiness.
Some say you can fall in love with a place just as you can with a person. This is certainly true of Tuscany! The tastes, sights, and people of Tuscany will nourish your spirit and renew your sense of joy. Experiencing life under the Tuscan sun is something that stays with you forever.
In Italy, you slow down to enjoy each breath, each sip of Chianti, each taste of antipasto. You may, in fact, realize that you are actually home: the home of your heart. And life will never be the same after that. Tuscany teaches you to savor each moment and live inspired by the details that might have otherwise passed you by. Plan to be delighted!
Get ready to live in a paradise once owned by royalty! Since 1700, the beautiful Tuscan estate of Fattoria Lavacchio, in the area of Chianti Rufina, has been part of the history in the making. And even in modern times, they are leading the way as one of the first organic wineries, even producing sulfate-free wine.
You will stay at your own villa while at Fattoria Lavacchio called Borgo Casanuova, peacefully nestled into the hills with epic views of the Tuscan countryside.
Culinary excellence is one of their key philosophies using only genuine and local organic ingredients produced directly on the farm or by neighboring farmers. This is the real Farm to Table. Each meal is magnificent both on site at El Molino Restaurant as well as specially curated dining experiences throughout Toscana.
The villa can accommodate 16 guests. The house has private garden with:
– wrought iron tables and chairs
– deck chairs
The villa is on 2 floors and has 2 entrances. On the ground floor there are:
– 2 communicating living rooms with fireplace
– a fully equipped kitchen on the right side of the house
– dining room and second kitchen corner on the left side of the house
– 2 standard double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower.
The upper floor is not connected. On the right side of the house there are:
– 1 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower
– 1 triple bedroom with bathroom with shower
On the left side of the house on the upper floor there are:
– 2 double rooms with own bathroom with shower
– 1 triple bedroom with large bathroom with shower and tub
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Culinary excellence is one of the key philosophies, using only genuine and local organic ingredients produced directly on the farm or by neighboring farmers. This is the real farm to table.
Gabriella is not only a great architect but also an amazing chef and she will delight you with typical vegetarian dishes and you will have a chance to discover the authentic Tuscan cuisine. Vegan or gluten-free diets can be catered to. You will be sent a questionnaire getting your dietary needs and restrictions.
El Molino is world class, with an amazing chef, and you will delight in discovering authentic Tuscan cuisine. The restaurant looks onto a large terrace where you can have breakfast or dine by candlelight. Lose yourself in natural beauty, brilliant sunsets usher in a night skies full of stars.
They have a holistic view of hospitality and, especially, food. That is why their cuisine is closely linked to the local territory and its products. Good health comes from using the fresh natural resources that surround you and using them with intelligence and love. They offer authentic local Mediterranean dishes: ancient delicacies bursting with flavors, from the simplest to the more elaborate Tuscan recipes.
Walk with them through the paths of tradition, the seasonal variations, creating dishes with wild herbs and spices, rosemary, sage, basil, “catmint”… the so-called erbucce. You will also smell and taste local flowers in various dishes, such as petals of acacia, rose petal tart, risotto with zucchini flowers.
For cheese lovers, you will be spoiled at the vast selection from the nearby dairy artisan who supplies the restaurant with their best local products: fresh pecorino cheese made with raw milk and vegetable rennet, fresh ricotta, raveggiolo, and more.
Even the traditional meats of the land, they offer many tasty varieties from Chianina, the Cinta Senese (an ancient breed of pig), a species of boar that inhabits the surrounding woods. All dressed with the best regional olive oil and accompanied by carefully chosen local and regional wines.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Pisa International Airport
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Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR). If you prefer to fly into Pisa or Rome and then take the train, that is up to you. Your exact pick-up location is in Florence: Hotel Palazzo Vecchio (via Cennini 4, 50123, Florence, Italy, near Piazza Adua). It is a short couple block walk from the train station and a great place to make a reservation if you are coming early or staying later. Transfer from and to Florence is included. Alchemy of Yoga will pick you up at the meeting point.
You are recommended to leave two days early for the start of this trip. This means you will arrive the next day into Florence, giving you time to take a nap. Then go out that evening for an early dinner, enjoy the Ponte Vecchio, which literally translated means “old bridge”. It is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, noted for having wonderful jewelry shops built along it.
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