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7 Days Peaceful Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Italycountrystay Guesthouse Via Piana, 25 Via Piana, 03030 Forcella, Lazio, Italy

Overview

Yoga Retreat Italy

This peaceful yoga retreat includes countryside guesthouse accommodation options, home cooked vegetarian dinners, and several outdoor activities, among them a horse riding tour, a hike to a beautiful waterfall, or an excursion to a nearby lake in a natural reserve. The yoga classes consist of classical Hatha yoga, asana practice and sun salutations.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Stunning location at the foot of a mountain
  • Pick up and drop off at the nearby station
  • Unique countryside-style lodging options
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Vegetarian dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English, German, Italian
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The guest rooms are in an old traditional stone house that has two beautiful terraces with views of the mountains and the valley. The house is in a very small Italian village; you will be immersed in a kind of Italian lifestyle that you can only see in the quiet, non-touristy countryside. You will see neighbors walking by tending to their vineyards and olive groves or ambling through the fields with their sheep. Many of them work without any machinery and use traditional ways of farming.

At the guest house, there is a variety of accommodation options to satisfy all manner of tastes and requirements. For travelers on a tight budget, simple private rooms with shared outside bathrooms are available. For people that prefer to have a private bathroom, the newly restored en-suite rooms can be offered.

There is a grocery store close to the house (within five minutes walking distance), where you can buy most basic food supplies; this makes cooking very convenient. You do not have to go to restaurants every day. Guest are welcome to hang out in the common room any time of the day and have unlimited access to WI-FI. The venue has two charming terraces with sun loungers to relax outside under the walnut tree and enjoy the mountain views. In addition, apartment units can be offered that consist of bedrooms, bathrooms, and fully equipped private kitchens.

The place is quiet and authentic and it will be ideal after you have been travelling through big touristy cities. It allows you to experience the beautiful Italian countryside and really relax in a safe community.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the communal area of the guesthouse. Some rooms also have Wi-Fi. If you need a room with Wi-Fi during your stay, please let Italycountrystay know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate you, depending on availability.

En suite rooms

"La vigna" (the vineyard) was restored in 2010; it is a spacious room that can host up to five people. In this room, many of the original elements were kept, such as the hand-carved shelf in the wall and the beautiful wall designs. The bathroom window has a pretty view on the garden and the mountains behind. The doorway to the room is delightfully cloaked by the foliage of an old grapevine. Even in the hot summer months, the lime stone walls keep the room comfortably cool. The room is 2.8 meters high and 20 square meters big.

"Il castello" (the castle) was restored in 2013 and is slightly smaller than La Vigna. It is also provided with an en suite bathroom and a balcony, and can host up to four people. The ceiling in this room is slightly lower than in the others (2.2 meters). In this room, the old plaster has been removed from the walls and uncovered the fabulous lime stone walls that keep the room comfortably cool. Together with all the wooden elements, they give this room a special touch.

Private rooms with shared bathrooms

The private rooms with shared bathrooms are very quaint, yet spacious. Five people can comfortably fit in one room. They each have fantastic mountain views. The bathroom is just around the corner outside the room and is usually shared by two bedrooms; please note that the ceiling of the communal bathroom is very low (two meters).

The apartment

The apartment has been restored in 2012 and is very beautiful. It consists of two bedrooms (each of them have balconies with a spectacular view of the mountains), one bathroom, and a kitchen. The kitchen is provided with a gas stove, a fridge, an electric kettle for hot water, utensils like pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, dish soap, and a variety of dry condiments. At the entrance of the apartment, you will find the spacious communal terrace, where you can sit outside and eat under a walnut tree.

The rates for the apartment include utilities and final cleaning. The minimum stay is two nights. The apartment can accommodate up to eight people, four in each bedroom. It is ideal for families with kids. The kids love the swing and the hammock in the bedrooms.

During this retreat, your will identify with the ideas of slow travel movement and enjoy a vacation during which you will be immersed in nature and authentic Italian lifestyle. You will also join classical Hatha yoga classes and delve deep into asana and sun salutations.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga practice
  • 12:00 Afternoon time for outdoor activities
  • 20:00 Dinner

Included in the retreat is a hiking tour to a nearby waterfall in the Abruzzo National Park. The hike requires an average level of fitness. As an alternative, you can be offered a guided tour to a beautiful close by lake in a nature reserve. In addition, an excursion on horseback riding through a beautiful forest and the hiking tour in the area is not included in the package price but available upon request.

Via Piana is located just down the hill from the small village of Pescosolido, at the foot of the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park. The area around the guest house is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Italy, featuring mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, wildlife, and many interesting ruins, churches, castles, and abbeys. Unlike other beautiful areas in Italy, this one isn't filled with tourists.

The location gives you the best of both worlds: staying in the peaceful countryside and waking up to birds singing without sacrificing the advantages of being close to a town. Sora is a bigger town (with approximately 35000 inhabitants) that has lots to offer in terms of restaurants, gelaterias, coffee shops, bars, and shopping. It is easily accessible on foot or by bus. There is a beautiful river that runs through the town and a historic center where you can wander around.

Nearby places

  • Naples - 2 hours’ drive
  • Rome - 2 hours’ drive
  • Pecorino Cheese Factory - 45 minutes' drive
  • Sora Town, 6 kilometers
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Balcony
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance

The retreat includes daily homemade organic dinner meals that are prepared using fresh local ingredients. Meat can be served on request. If you have a special diet, please let Italy Country Stay know and they will try to accommodate you. The staff at the guesthouse must be notified in advance of this choice.

There is a communal kitchen that you may use whenever you wish to prepare meals yourselves. There is a little store where you can buy food next to the guest house.

Bike rentals

Experience the Italian countryside on a bike! You can ride the bike to the lake, into town, or you can explore the valley and surrounding forests. Price per person is 2 EUR for a half day and 4 EUR for a full day.

Day hike

Walk along the beautiful valley of San Piedro in the Abruzzo 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. The price is 16 EUR each for a group of two people, 14 EUR each for three, and 11 EUR each for a group of four or more.

Italian cooking class

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. The price, including the vegetarian dinner, is 29 EUR for one person, 24 EUR each for a group of two, and 22 EUR each for groups of three and up.

Italian language course

Learning Italian will help you get around Italy while you are travelling! The classes are offered for beginners or more advanced speakers. Spend a little bit of time learning the language of love; the 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.

Overnight hike

Hike along the mountainside to the top of a beautiful mountain and sleep among the stars. You will see beautiful views of the Abruzzo National Park, sleep in a traditional mountain hut, and cook food from the farm over an open fire. This is truly a magical experience! The 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.

Paragliding

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. The price per person is 90 EUR.

Visit the Pecorino cheese factory

The Pecorino cheese factory is located in Picinisco, a 45 minutes’ drive from the farm. Transportation is provided. The people are very welcoming and they will explain to you how cheese is made in a professional way. The cheese factory operates on a small scale and sells its delicious cheese in local market and wine bars in Rome.

Visit the local shepherd

Take part in an old family tradition in the Italian countryside. The shepherd’s 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. The 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.

Visit the nearby organic farm

Italycountrystay are affiliated to a certified organic farm just a 20 minutes’ walk down the road that you are welcome to visit. There you can meet other travelers from all over the world, visit the farm animals, or see the vegetable garden and eat fresh fruit straight from the trees. At the organic farm, dinner is available every day (except Thursdays) for a very reasonable price.

Visit the town of Sora

Every Thursday morning, there is a large outdoor market in Sora, which is a great way to get fresh local goods and experience local culture. For people interested in hiking, there is a shorter hike of about 45 minutes up to a castle ruin overlooking the town. It isn't your typical touristy European-style castle, the entrance is free, and you get a 360 degree view of the entire valley while venturing on the old castle walls.

Wine tour

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, increasingly becoming more appreciated both in Italy and abroad. You will have to the chance to visit this beautiful region, see how this special wine is made, and taste for you self how delicious it is.

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Amazing mountainside location
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Organic dinners
  • Plenty of time for outdoor activities
  • Station pick up and drop off
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Transportation

Arrival by airplane

Flights can be booked to arrive either at Naples International Airport (NAP) or Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

Arrival by bus

From Rome, the easiest way to get to the farm is by bus. The bus leaves frequently throughout the day, even on Sundays and holidays. To catch the bus, you must go to the Anagnina bus station in Rome by taking the metro line A. The bus to Sora leaves from platform 10 and the price of a ticket is around six EUR. 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. The organizer will pick you up from Sora.

From Naples, there is a bus that takes you to Sora that leaves every day 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 ticket costs nine EUR which can be paid on the bus. The bus leaves at 14:30 and the trip takes about two and a half hours. The organizer will pick you up from Sora.

Arrival by train

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’s recommended that you take the bus.

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Italycountrystay an inquiry.
  • Review by Andreea Sommer
    10 out of 10

    "The Italy Country Stay at Via Piana is simply amazing! The house and the surroundings are beautiful and Anna is a great host. I was at Via Piana for one week for the yoga retreat and had a magical time there. My room was really pretty and very clean. The common kitchen is very nice and you have all the amenities needed. Usually I used to sit with other guests for breakfast and lunch at the big table or outside under the grapevine and in the evening Anna cooked for us and we had the most amazing dinners together, since Anna is a fantastic cook. The yoga classes were also great, especially with Martina, who is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. Besides, they offer a lot of great activities. I went horseback riding with Antonello at a nearby ranch and it was very beautiful, especially the ride through the river was really special. You could also take beautiful hikes around Pescosolido or beautiful Sora. If you love walking, it is maybe everything you’re looking for in a nice, peaceful and quiet vacation. All together I can only find the best compliments to describe my stay at Via Piana and I cannot thank everybody (especially Anna and Martina) enough for making my stay amazing and for being the great people that they are!"

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  • Review by Becca from Sora, Italy
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at the Italyfarmstay 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."

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  • Review by Michaela from Morona Santiago, Ecuador
    10 out of 10

    "Tucked away in the Italian countryside, Via Piana is a refuge from the tourist crowds that make the larger cities feel stuffy and commercialized. Anna is an impeccable host that attended to my every need, and her kindness will make you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. The communal kitchen is clean, well-equipped, and even boasts an authentic pizza oven (which is often used to churn out savory, real-deal Naples-style flat bread). Expect tastefully furnished rooms that manage to feel rustic while maintaining modern comforts, access to fresh, delicious food, and the opportunity to enjoy the nearby national park. If you're looking for a respite and the chance to see a side of Italy most visitors never do, I highly recommend staying at Via Piana!"

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  • Review by A traveler from De Bilt, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This is our second stay in Via Piana. Last year, we stumbled upon the country stay because of the wedding of one of our friends. She married an Italian who was from the neighborhood. "

    "Luckily, Anna Gansert was not fully booked so we could stay for three nights. We loved the rustic room that we booked, good bed, good mattress, and clean. But because of the wedding, we did not get to see much of the surroundings and there are loads of activities you can do. So we decided to come back."

    "We found our way back to Via Piana very easily, this time it was by daylight and good weather. Our arrival before was by night, accompanied by heavy rains. Anna stood in the rain to pick us up; yes, we were embarrassed to let her wait up that long in that beastly weather. Neve the dog welcomed us heartily and we stayed in one of the small apartments this time instead of the rustic room; we got an upgrade. That night we dined with guests from the farm stay nearby. It was a nice group of people and dinner was excellent. "

    "We went to Lake Posta Fibreno, hiked to the waterfall of Lacerno, visited Opi, Naples and Pompeii, and climbed Monte Amaro in the Abruzzo National Park. "

    "Our stay is almost at an end, but we had a lovely holiday: active and restful with simple and nice food. Antonello's impersonation of Basil Fawlty is absolutely hilarious and unbeatable, Anna’s hospitality and their professionalism make this country and farm stay work. "

    "We wish them all the best in the world and hope that they can unfold all their plans for the future. Definitely go here if you want a taste of Italy and go off the beaten tourist track."

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  • Review by Ariane from Budapest, Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "I was at Italycountrystay only for two days and it was a really good decision after visiting busy Rome. Nice people, nice surrounding, and of course good food. It is really easy to feel fine and comfortable there. Additionally, there are also many activities which can be tried out, such as horse riding, pizza baking, visiting a cheese factory, hiking, and much more."

    "When I arrived, I got the chance to try out the cool water of a pond near Sora which collects the water from little mountain streams and which also has a floating island made up of plants (I was somehow amazed of that)/ I can tell, it is really refreshing."

    "Via Piana and Pescosolido has a charming atmosphere, I am happy that I got there and I want to go back definitely to spend some more time there!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Greenville, South Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Other reviews can fill you in on the wonderful location and scenery of Via Piana, but the real stars are the kind and warm people who make your stay perfect. Come spend time here, stay awhile, hike, explore the forest, visit Sora, and then settle down to an unforgettable meal. Anna's inventive style of cooking delicious and healthy seasonal dishes with local ingredients in a rustic setting makes this a place to not miss... Perfect."

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  • Review by Barb from Bratislava, Slovakia
    10 out of 10

    "After coming from busy Rome (two hours by bus to Sora), I really appreciate the tranquil and charming atmosphere of Via Piana. The place is in perfect harmony with nature - traditional stone houses surrounded by green "jungle" and lovely flowers."

    "My room was nice and very clean. The bed had a good mattress. The communal kitchen was very clean as well. The pizza oven, table with lavender painting, and the mountain views made it a very special place for me."

    "Anna is a great host, very friendly. I am an individual travel, but I had never felt lonely there because we spoke a lot together and had a lot of fun! As it was olive picking time, we visited the local olive press together where I was able to see all the steps of olive oil making. "

    "Anna also wrote a very nice guide about the trips in the area and she has plenty of maps, so you can really explore the area very well with car or just on foot! National Park of Abruzzo is very close, so you have endless hiking opportunities."

    "Thank you Anna for your great hospitality and hope to see you again. The rustic setting makes this a place to not miss... Perfect."

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  • Review by Dina from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The place was absolutely beautiful. I stayed in an old village on a hilltop with mountain views on all sides. My room had stone walls and was very clean with screens on all the windows to keep out the bugs. I ate my meals at a farm a scenic 20 minutes’ walk away. Anna, the manager of the property, was incredibly helpful and friendly. Giuseppe, who ran the farm, was equally amazing. I'm a huge animal lover, and he let me feed the animals. I hope to return."

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  • Review by Hadar from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "My friend and I stayed at Italycountrystay for two nights as part of a trip we did in Italy. The stay in Via Piana made our trip, Anna was amazing in all means and added a lot to our experience and obviously was so helpful and did much more than we expected. Via Piana is far from all the main tourist areas, what makes it so special. Anna has collected a large number of activities for us to do in the area including hikes, horseback riding, and yoga classes. My friend and i didn’t travel by car and Anna was very happy to help us find public transportation to Sora and also pick us up from the town, and if needed take us places we needed to go. Anna also helped us find good public transportation to our next stop on our trip. "

    "The place itself is to authentic, serene, and just lovely. The view is breathtaking, the rooms are clean, and the communal kitchen is spotless and comfortable. Thank you Anna for an amazing experience of both meeting you and experiencing a different side of Italy. Via Piana was amazing."

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  • Review by A traveler from Chicago, Illinois, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I went to Italycountrystay in Via Piana three years ago and liked it so much I returned this past summer when I was doing some traveling around Italy. Via Piana is easily accessible from Rome by way of a scenic bus ride that takes about two hours. Once you arrive in Sora, Anna, the sweet inn keeper, always offers to pick up guests and drive them up the hill to Via Piana (that trip is walkable, but I'd recommend driving, especially if you have luggage). "

    "Italycountrystay is a quiet retreat. The rooms are shaded and clean. The communal kitchen and common room are great for meeting other guests and talking to Anna about the area, and there are even a few outdoor tables with incredible views of the mountains. There are many hikes you can take leaving from Via Piana without needing a car. I liked hiking to the castle ruins above Sora. It's not too strenuous and it's great because the ruins aren't blocked off in at all, so you can really explore. Get gelato in the piazza after the hike down!"

    "With a car, you could go to the Abruzzo National Park and follow one of the many trails and take a dip in a lake. You could also check out some of the neighboring towns, like Isola del Liri, which is a beautiful town flanked by two rives and has waterfall at its center. And Posta Fibreno has a beautiful (and freezing!) lake and nice bars. "

    "Another thing I did was visit the cheese shepherd’s house just up the road from Via Piana for a cheese-making demo and a visit to their shop, where you can buy their cheese, cold pressed olive oil, and wine."

    "And take a walk at night! Given the altitude, the stargazing is amazing and the roads cut through olive groves and grapevines. Blackberry bushes and many varieties of mint also line the path."

    "I really recommend staying at Anna's Italycountrystay. It's comfortable, in a beautiful location with lots of activities to do outdoors, and the service is great."

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  • Review by Emma from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I found this to be a very comfortable and homely guesthouse in a beautiful, unspoiled location. The room was charming and a good size, with stunning views of the mountains and nearby Sora from the lovely garden terrace. Anna is a wonderfully friendly hostess who will go out of her way to help you with practical matters or planning your trip. When I was there she hosted a ‘pizza night’ using her traditional Italian wood fired pizza oven - delicious! The village is very peaceful, but there are good transport options available should you wish to visit Rome, Naples, or the surrounding towns. Thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend."

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Lazio, Italy

Italycountrystay operates in Via Piana, a little guest house in the countryside that specializes on working with international customers. They offer yoga and a wide variety of other activities.

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