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Do you ever need to simply relax and de-stress from the culture of today's busy society? Then this retreat is the tranquil escape that you have been searching for! Take part in daily yoga classes in the beautiful organic farm and enjoy Reiki treatment which tailored to suit your specific needs. Enjoy the spiritual benefits of yoga that could prove to be a life-changing experience.
During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Italy Farm Stay. You can choose from different types of rooms to fit your budget and your vacation. The rooms have been recently restored and are equipped with a fan in the summer and a heating unit in the colder months. All of the rooms are made of limestone walls, which keep them quite cool in the summer and air-conditioning is not necessary for most guests.
The larger rooms can accommodate up to four or five people, while the dormitory can accommodate five people. There is a crib available for families traveling with young children.
The farm itself is a large property where you can roam around, eat fresh fruit, spend time with the animals, relax in the shade of an olive tree, or hike around the trails in the beautiful forest.
During this retreat, you will have a daily morning yoga class and optional afternoon yoga class. For meals, breakfast will be until 10:00 and dinner at 20:00. There will be also plenty of free time for you to relax or do any other activities that you want.
By taking part in the daily yoga practices, you will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient art of traditional Hatha yoga. The practices include sun salutations (flowing yoga poses), various yoga postures (asana's), relaxation, pranayama, and meditation.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki treatments will be held on the farm and tailored to suit your specific needs. The intention of the treatments is to create a deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing. The treatment will be held in the afternoon.
Linda is a Hatha yoga instructor in Italy Farm Stay. She's a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher and completed her teacher training course in Akasha Yoga Academy. In 2009, she left her home country, the Netherlands, to explore the world. She came across yoga soon after and when she immersed herself into the practice of Hatha yoga, her life changed profoundly. Linda is also a Reiki practicioner.
This retreat will take place in the small village of Pescosolido, at the foot of the Abruzzi National Park. The area around the farm is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, wildlife, and many interesting ruins, churches, and castles are easily accessible and the area is not filled with tourists like other parts of Italy.
The farm is close to the town of Sora (about 35,000 inhabitants) where you can eat at local restaurants, stroll along the lively main street, visit the numerous shops, cafes and pubs, use the internet, or go to the open air market on Thursday mornings.
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During this retreat, you will be served daily vegetarian and organic breakfast and dinner at the farm. Non-vegetarian dinners are also available but the staff must be notified in advance. The farm tries to be as self-sufficient as possible while creating nutritious and delectable meals for its guests. Ingredients such as vegetables, fruit, potatoes, eggs, meat, olive oil, and wine all come directly from the farm. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten, or dairy free meals are available upon request.
Breakfast on the farm takes place between 08:00 and 10:00, and is a traditional Italian breakfast. It includes coffee, tea, homemade seasonal jam, bread, milk, and biscuits. Fruit and vegetables from the farm are often included in the breakfast and farm fresh goat milk is sometimes available upon request.
Dinner is a special time to sit together and have the opportunity to eat a traditional Italian meal full of wholesome food from a wide variety of farm products. Dinner includes two dishes, usually a pasta dish (often the pasta is homemade by hand that day) followed by a plate that can include seasonal vegetables, fresh salad, local handmade cheese, home grown potatoes, eggs from the farm, lentils, or beans.
Non-vegetarian meals are available on request. Italy Farm Stay offers a dish with local selected meat such as steak, chicken, or pork. The meal is also accompanied by local bread.
Sandwiches are also available throughout the day for guests upon request (around 4 EUR per piece). The sandwiches are made with fresh bread and local ingredients, mostly from the farm. The sandwich can include local cheeses, fresh seasonal produce, meat, or eggs. Classic choices include thin-sliced homemade prosciutto with savory ricotta or a frittata made with farm fresh eggs and handpicked vegetables.
You are welcome to pick and eat from the abundance of fruit that comes from the farm. It is an indescribable pleasure to eat fresh organic fruit directly from the trees. At the farm, fruit is handpicked when it is perfectly ripe so that you can enjoy the full flavor. There are a wide variety of fruits available, especially in late spring, summer, and fall. Among them are figs, plums, peaches, cherries, cherries, persimmons, apples, pears, grapes, apricots, berries, and nuts.
Walk along the beautiful valley of San Piedro in the Abruzzi National Park with a local guide. On the hike, you will see the surrounding mountains, walk along a gorge, and visit a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in the refreshing water. This day hike you can do on your own or with other guests staying at the farm. Free maps are provided.
Hike along the mountainside to the top of a beautiful mountain and sleep among the stars. You will see beautiful views of the Abruzzi National Park, sleep in a traditional mountain hut, and cook food from the farm over an open fire. This is truly a magical experience! Price is 90 EUR for a one person, 45 EUR each for a group of two people, and 38 EUR each for three or more.
Take a tour of a unique vineyard in the Valle di Comino of Atina, a small town a short drive south of the farm. This vineyard produces the Cabernet Atina Doc wine, and in the last ten years, it has gained its controlled origin denomination recognition and is increasingly becoming more appreciated both in Italy and abroad.
The French Cabernet grape used to make this wine was first planted in Italy more than 150 years ago by the agronomist Pasquale Visocchi, and there is a festival every year celebrating this unique wine. You will have to the chance to visit this beautiful region. See how this special wine is made and taste for yourself how delicious it is.
Learn how to make homemade pasta with fresh ingredients from the farm. This traditional Italian meal will then be part of the dinner that all the guests can enjoy. Price including vegetarian dinner is 29 EUR for one person, 24 EUR each for a group of two, 22 EUR each for groups of three and up.
Learning Italian will help you get around Italy while you are traveling! Classes are offered for beginners or more advanced speakers. Spend a little bit of time learning the language of love. Price is 12 EUR for a one person, 8 EUR each for a group of two people, and 7 EUR each for three or more.
Fly through the sky and touch a cloud with your finger! Float above the mountains and the surrounding area in the Cassino valley with an experienced paragliding instructor. Specific weather conditions are needed to fly. Price per person is 90 EUR.
Take part in an old family tradition in the Italian countryside. The shepherds family has been making cheese and herding sheep for generations. You can watch the local shepherd and learn how to make pecorino and fresh ricotta cheese. Price is 28 EUR for a one person, 20 EUR each for a group of two people, and 15 EUR each for three or more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino - G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), or Naples International Airport (NAP).
From Rome, the easiest way to get to the farm is by bus. The ticket costs 5.50 EUR. The bus leaves frequently throughout the day, even on Sundays and holidays. To catch the bus to Sora, you must go to the Anagnina Bus Station in Rome by taking the metro line A (the metro takes about 25 minutes from the Termini station, Anagnina is the last stop on line A).
The bus to Sora leaves from platform 10. The station in Sora is the last stop on the bus, so while you are on the bus, you can relax and not worry about missing your stop.
From Naples, there is a bus that takes you to Sora that leaves everyday except Sundays and holidays from Piazza Garibaldi. Piazza Garibaldi is in front of the main train station in Naples. The name of the bus company is ARPA and the bus goes to Avezzano.
Make sure to ask the driver to tell you when you get to the station in Sora. The bus costs 9 EUR and can be paid on the bus and the trip takes about two and a half hours. The bus leaves Naples at 2.30 p.m.
Once you arrive in Sora, Italy Farm Stay will pick you up from the station.
From Rome, you need to catch the train at Rome Termini station for Roccasecca, then shift for Sora. Make sure to check the train schedule for Sora before you leave Rome, so you do not get stuck in Roccasecca. If you plan to arrive in Sora in the late afternoon, it is recommended that you take the bus instead.
From Naples, you need to catch a train to Cassino or Roccasecca, and then you can either catch a bus or a train to Sora, depending on the time. Be sure to check the train schedule in Naples so you do not get stuck in Cassino or Roccasecca.
From Pescara, you will need to catch a train to Avezzano (you may have to switch trains in Sulmona depending on the time schedule). From Avezzano, you can catch a train to Sora.
When you arrive at Sora train station, Italy Farm Stay will pick you up. Please let them know your arrival time.
"Would I recommend it…..Most definitely YES especially if you like walking, being amongst animals, the countryside, enjoying good local food and staying with charming people who all work very, very hard to maintain this place is a success. "
"It is a unique farm suitable for all age groups to experience on a budget in Italy. "
"I travelled solo so the trip to this farm was slightly daunting for me at first, but it actually posed no problems at all and I got there easy peasy although it does take a little time."
"When I first arrived, I was obviously tired from travelling and felt slightly alone but by the evening soon learnt that this is a very friendly warm home, whose owners truly want you to have a good holiday and enjoy yourself. The other tourists were all of all ages, mostly well travelled and from America, Canada and Europe."
"My room was clean, comfortable and basic, exactly as shown in the photo’s and importantly for me I slept very well. It was good to be woken every morning by Mr cockerel just to remind me I was on a farm instead of living in the centre of London. There was a hairdryer kindly provided in my room. You can walk outside and pick pomegranates, apples, grapes and later on you’ll have grapefruits and figs too."
"The evening meals were exceptionably good, cooked by Maria, Antonelo’s Mother at the farm so it wasn’t necessary to venture further for me. All the produce and the fresh vegetables are picked that same morning. My particular favourite was the zucchini flowers fried in batter and the simple fruits like their little tomatoes and grapes which tasted so much better than London bought ones."
"Good, safe drinkable cold fresh water at two taps immediately outside the kitchens ( good for you to know when you arrive after a long journey)"
"Take Mosquito repellent if mozzies like you to use especially after 5pm. Internet is only in one small area of the offices. On route back to Rome don’t buy combined ticket for bus/metro because it only lasts 100 minutes and journey is aprox 2 hours to Anagnina so time will have run out."
"Weather be prepared and check on Google before you travel. Soro is at the foot of Abruzzo Mountains so the weather is obviously very different from Rome. I travelled 17th September 2016 when some days it was very wet and chilly, especially at night and I was very glad of my woollen socks, pashmina and rain mac."
"I very much enjoyed my stay an felt at home immediately. I found my room very nice and cool and the beds very good! The meals were really delicious, with plenty of healthy food. During the yoga classes I learned new things and enjoyed the information that Linda gives along with the practise. The surroundings are very nice with beautifull nature, I enjoyed horse riding and a nice walk to the waterfall. I stayed only for 4 days, but allready didn't want to leave any more. "
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"The farm was lovely and the yoga was excellent. I really enjoyed my time there, especially the dinners!"
"Two things that could be better are: breakfast (some days it was literally just bread and jam with coffee and hot water, some yogurt, eggs and fruit included would be nice), when you want a taxi off the farm 10 euros to go just 5 minutes down the road into Sora is too expensive."
"Overall, it was a fantastic trip and really enjoyed meeting the family and other guests, Antonello and his family really create a welcoming and nice enviroment, I would highly recommend it"
"My stay at the Italy Farm Stay was everything I could have dreamed of and much much more. The rooms were cozy with luxurious bathrooms and plenty of space. The meals were delicious, ranging from risotto to fresh pear pie. They provided the cutest handmade maps for hiking and exploring and a plethora of activities-ranging from a simple hike alone to a waterfall to truffle hunting with the group. There were people from all walks of life staying at the same time and it was absolutely amazing getting to hang out with all of them. But, most importantly, it was Antonello and Linda who made the trip so warm. Both have fabulous souls and I learned a lot about myself through them."
"The location of the farm is good for walking and for the town of Sora. However, a car is needed to get to the start of many hikes and to any neighbouring towns or villages. This costs money which we certainly hadn’t accounted for. The owner will take you on some hikes or to activities or organise a cab for you. This is not cheap."
"The food is average. Breakfast is included in the price. I hoped it would be a lovely meal with fresh fruit, cheese etc. It is bread and jam. If you want eggs you have to pay for each one. The evening meal is available for extra. This has some nice vegetable dishes, the pasta is the pasta you can buy in Tesco, not tasty at all, an ok meal but nothing special. If you want meat it is extra."
"Our room was lovely, clean and comfortable."
"There was a visiting yoga teacher called Martinella who was truly amazing."
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"Linda's yoga class was a pace for all levels and the practice was simple, but effective. I found what she said during each class to be extremely beneficial, and it was nice for me to see poses I might find easy challenging in a new way. She allowed each person to take the class how they saw fit, but she was also keenly aware on what to say that would most benefit the specific people in that moment. Each class had a mindset for the beginning, whether it be stillness or inner strength, and I found that very calming. I hope to take her class again very soon. I would recommend it to anyone no matter the level of yoga they are at. It was a learning experience for the body and the mind and I find that meditation vital for understanding my yoga practice in the future. "
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"An amazing experience in the peaceful nature of Abruzzo National Park. Every morning, Linda took us through a wonderful Hatha yoga class, connecting mind, body, and spirit and leaving me feeling complete and relaxed. A perfect way to start the day full of beautiful hikes around the area. Very much recommended to those seeking to get in touch with nature and to reconnect to themselves"
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"Yoga at Italy Farm Stay was exactly what I was looking for and everything I needed!"
"The place is as described on their website but what you can't describe is the peace and calmness the place and its surroundings give you. I had yoga practice with Linda and she was an excellent teacher. It was my first time practicing Hatha yoga (have only done Bikram). The focus of her teaching included balance and reconnecting with yourself and it was truly a wonderful experience to feel for someone like me who is always on the go. "
"I hope to find time in the future to come back here someday."
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"We wish we could have stayed longer at this wonderful place bordering Abruzzo National Park in central Italy. It's midway between Rome and Naples, about 45 minutes off the highway, but well worth getting off the beaten path. You don't even have to drive; they'll pick you up and drop you at the train station in Sora. This working organic agrotourism with olive and fruit trees and a wide variety of animals (including two friendly dogs) is just outside the larger town of Sora, as well as several small and scenic hill towns. While the location alone is fantastic, wonderful Antonello and his family really make this a memorable place to visit.The farm is a quiet world apart from the tourist sites and crowds. Sora has a great market day on Thursdays, when merchants and farmers line its downtown streets. But there's so much to do on and near the farm, including a hike on the farm or in the national park, horseback riding, language and pasta-making lessons from Maria, touring historic monasteries, frequent sampling of the farm's wine, produce, and olive oil, and a visit to the local cheese-making shepherd. The region is known for its truffle production and one evening we visited a local restaurant - virtually everything on the menu featured truffles, yet it was the great food bargain of the trip.We also greatly enjoyed our dinner and breakfasts at the family table, and again, almost everything was produced on the farm. Our kids, ages four and eight, absolutely loved it, but it's a great place for anyone to visit. There's surely enough to see and do to stay a week or more. It caters to English-speaking travelers and Antonello has spent time in the United States. What a wonderful place! We hope to visit again someday!"
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"My week at Italy Farm Stay was one of the best times Ive ever had. Fresh from a big North American city, I was immediately mesmerized by the Italian country landscape as I set foot on Antonellos farm. Fruit trees of all varieties grow in wild abundance here: orange, lemon, cherry, plum, pear, apple, peach, persimmon, pomegranate, and of course fig. Sweet scents of jasmine invade your senses, while the sounds of distant church bells provide a perfect background to the symphony of horse bells, and the music of other farm animals.I had a wonderful breakfast drinking fresh goats milk, and a just-laid egg. Wild asparagus and baby artichoke fresh-picked by Guiseppe (Antonellos father) followed by a few mulberries and wild strawberries as I strolled through the farm. At other times, I would savor cheese just made by the shepherd, along with homemade bread from a neighbor and homemade wine. I took long walks everywhere, attracted by the beauty of the mountains dotted with country homes, patches of olive groves, vegetable gardens, grapevines, and wheat fields.Sheep and goats grazed on the meadow, and here and there elder ladies in country clothes with aprons around their waist meandered about. Italy Farm Stay is not just an organic farm. To me this is the traditional country life at its finest - a lifestyle that seems long-forgotten. Simple yet magical. I look forward to going back! I still remember vividly Guiseppe smiling, Slow down, dont worry. Tomorrows another day."
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"I recommend this family-run establishment to anyone who is willing to take a detour from the well trodden tourist path to a wild nook of the Italian countryside. I felt very much at home during my four night stay due to the warm hospitality the family exudes. The accommodations are clean, spacious, and better yet affordable for the budget traveler.The farm offers land to be explored, where one can meander along the paths and stumble upon grapevines, and olive, walnut, cherry, plum, fig and, pomegranate trees. The farm is nestled in the mountainside, where many outdoor activities are close at hand. The farm's host, Antonello, is generous, giving of his time and transportation to be sure activities such as trail hiking, horse riding, paragliding, and a visit to the cheese-making shepherd are within the grasp of enjoyment.My favorite was the early morning cheese making. We watched as the shepherd milked the goats and sheep, while the wife built a fire for heating the milk. Trying to escape the bite of the morning air, we hovered close to the fire, sampling the freshly handmade cheese with bread and homemade olive oil, and the remaining delicious whey."
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"I consider myself fairly well travelled and have stayed in many different levels of accommodations through the years, and I can honestly say that our six-day stay at this farm was one of my most memorable trips ever. In fact, in ranks in my top five (the others being trips to South Africa, Egypt, Alaska, and Madagascar). This is a very authentic experience, and while Antonello, his mother Maria, his father Giuseppe, and the volunteers make every effort to provide comfort, interesting activities, educational experiences and home-grown hospitality, it is a family home, not a resort.If you are looking to be pampered and catered to and treated like a tourist instead of a visitor, you might want to check out something a little more conventional. Our room was spacious and spotless and cool enough even though there was no AC. We had reliable hot water every day for our shower, the meals that Maria made each night were superb, the range of activities available to us was more than adequate; we thought we might get bored being there for six whole days, but found a perfect balance between time spent on activities and time spent leisurely enjoying the serenity at the farm. I slept soundly through each night, which is something that hasn't happened to me in years.Once back in Rome it was like a switch got flicked and I was back to the usual tossing and turning that I've become used to. Not sure what to attribute this to, but it really was amazing. We spent the hotter part of the afternoons lounging on the large patio, overlooking the fields filled with all the fresh vegetables and fruits that we snacked on each day and enjoyed for dinner each night. The highlight for me was probably the four and a half hour hike to a meadow on top of a mountain, where we cooked wonderfully fresh, flavorful food over a fire, and then slept under a full moon in our sleeping bags.Other activities included meeting my dinner (my sister went vegetarian once she realized that the animals on the farm weren't just for cute photo ops and petting, but I felt it was important to witness what was involved if I was going to eat it), a hike to a very old castle which we were able to crawl around in and on, horseback riding, sitting in the piazza in Sora drinking limoncello and watching the locals enjoy themselves, a trip to an abandoned village and a dip in the very cold but very clear and pretty waters of a nearby lake. We really enjoyed listening to Antonello's stories about things local and far away and both his mother and father were very generous and charming. Both my sister and I concluded that we would definitely like to come back to this farm again someday."
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"My family enjoyed a wonderful three night stay at Italy Farm Stay, just outside the Abruzzi National Park. Antonello and his mother, Maria, welcomed us upon our arrival with delicious homemade wine and bread with homemade olive oil. After showing us our room, Antonello gave us a tour of the farm, including many fruit trees that he told us we could pick from anytime, and the animals: goats, sheep, a donkey, chickens and rabbits.Our kids were in heaven! During our stay, we enjoyed several beautiful hikes in the mountains, a delicious (and very cheap) meal cooked by Maria, and other delicious meals in the surrounding area. On our drives we discovered beautiful little hill towns that could rival the hill towns in Tuscany. (In fact they are better because there are no crowds!) This is a lovely undiscovered area of Italy. But the best thing about our trip was the warm hospitality of Antonello and his family. We stayed at many lovely places during a three week trip to Italy, but Antonello's farm was our favorite!"
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"A charming and relaxing place. Lovely home grown, fresh produce and wine and breathtaking views. Antonello and his family are warm, hospitable, and open to sharing their home and life with others. I loved helping in the garden, walks to Sora, and visiting nearby villages. A definite must if you are ever in that region."
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"I arrived at this farm on Saturday, August 2nd and stayed through Monday morning, August 11th, and it was everything I had hoped and dreamed for, in experiencing a bit of Italian farm-life, the high-point being the family themselves, who have the most impeccable manners and the highest expression of heart-warming hospitality I have ever experienced. The food was fantastically, creatively, and artistically cooked each day, both lunch and dinner, but the beautiful faces of kindness and generosity were my fondest feast of all. I will return as often as life lets me and stay in touch with the family always. I am truly blessed to have it all hidden in my heart."
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