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This is way more than a yoga retreat. Alchemy Tours introduces you to the best of Tuscany along with offering soulful personal development program for you to create your best intentions for the happiest life. 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, and 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. The combined 15 years of guiding in Italy has ensures that you will experience the joy of la dolce vita (the sweet life). Plan now to be delighted!
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. The perfume of flowers and plants permeate your villa. A spacious swimming pool and welcoming patio with sun deck and lounge chairs.
Visits included to Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volterra, Tignano, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, The Mediterranean, Casole dElsa, and Colle Val dElsa are included in this retreat.
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.
Radda in Chianti is situated on a hill covered with woods and extensive vineyards forming the watershed between the Pesa and Arbia valleys. The structure of the medieval village is still intact; it grew up elliptically around the church of San Nicolò, of 14th century origin and the Palazzo Pretorio. Built about 1415, its facade is adorned with the coats of arms of the podestà (chief magistrates), the latter is now the seat of the municipality.
Just outside the village, in the Vignale farm, are the headquarters of the Chianti Classico consortium (its symbol is the black-cockerel, the former emblem of the League of Chianti), and the Centro di Studi Chiantigiani (Centre for Chianti Studies), founded in 1984, with a small library and an archive devoted to the history of Chianti and its agriculture. The Montevertine farm, near the village, houses the small Museo del Chianti, with displays relating to the farming community.
Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley.The Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the citys 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.
The Church complex. 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.
Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age 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 unspoilt 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.
Volterra is situated in the middle of the triangle formed by the cities of Pisa, Siena and Florence. On clear days you can easily see the sea, with the islands of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon. Far from heavily-trafficked roads and industrial areas, Volterra is surrounded by rolling patchwork hills with fields of grain and woodlands. In Summer, as the spring rains slow their trickle, the green fields turn to gold as wheat is harvested and sunflowers raise, and then bow, their proud heads. Volterra is one of the most important towns in Tuscany: its unique position and its ancient history leaves everyone enchanted.” From our friends at Tuscan Tour.
Casole dElsa is a comune (municipality) in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 50 kilometers southwest of Florence and about 25 kilometers west of Siena. It is a charming medieval hilltop town situated in wonderful countryside around Siena. It is situated 70 kilometers from Florence and 35 kilometers from the town of Siena.
Originally it was a domain of the Bishop of Volterra but in the middle of the 13th century it passed under the control of Siena. The Sienese strengthened the fortifications because of its strategical position. In 1554 Casole surrended, after strenuous resistance, to the imperial and Florentine armies during the war against Siena. The dualism between Siena and Volterra still survives in the daily life of Casole for political purposes it is in the Province of Siena, whereas it falls under the Diocese of Volterra for religious matters.
San Gimignano delle belle Torri served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling 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 Peoples 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 Niccol 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.
At the Petriolo, you can indulge at the brand new spa center by the natural hot pools, which offers massage, beauty and health treatments, or you can enjoy the hot springs, open to the public free of charge, where you can relax in the pools along the banks of the river Farma.
The spas at the Petriolo are open from May to October. The Petriolos thermal baths are very ancient. The Romans knew and appreciated them. It is very likely that these are the baths mentioned by the orator Marco Tullio Cicero in his pro Marco Caelio. Of the original baths, composed by four groined vaulted rooms, only one room still exists. It opens onto the river Farma with arches built on octagonal pillars.
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You will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site focusing on Tuscan traditions. Stay in your own 10th century restored villa all with private baths. Peacefully nestled into the hills with epic views of Casole dElsa and Volterra in the distance, this is the perfect entryway into the Tuscan countryside.
The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the fourth century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the Scolopi fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. Its also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture.
In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the Selva Oscura where his Divine Comedy story starts. The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic Osteria, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.
The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September). There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.
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Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as all snacks and drinks for each days activities are included in the retreat. Gabriella, the host at Antico Borgo Tignano, is an amazing chef. She takes joy in delighting her guests' palate with her favorite, local dishes, which is the best way to discover the authentic, Tuscan cuisine. Housed in the former mill, the restaurant can accommodate up to 60 people.
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 inhabit the surrounding woods. All dressed with the best regional olive oil, and accompanied by carefully chosen local and regional wines.
They have a holistic view of hospitality, and especially food. That is why, the cuisine is closely linked to the local territory and its products. Good health, comes from using the fresh natural resources that surround us 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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Florence International Airport (FLR).