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