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8 Days La Bella Vita Yoga Retreat in the Rolling Hills of Umbria, Italy

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

Jessica is thrilled to be returning to the Italian countryside to offer you an amazing retreat to Locanda del Gallo, located in the heart of Umbria. Co-taught with fellow KamaDeva Yoga teacher and beautiful soul Roey Ficaro, join them to indulge your senses through magnificent, home-grown organic food, delicious wine, spectacular scenery, hiking, exploring, and twice daily yoga to recharge, reboot, restore, and dive deep.

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  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Italian pasta making class
  • Morning pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Use of swimming pool and spa facilities
  • Daily group hiking and mountain biking
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Locanda del Gallo has 10 rooms all with private bathroom, each equally fresh and silent, and each unique from one another. The furnishings adorning every room were all hand-picked and brought back one by one from many distant journeys made by Paola and Irish, the owners.

During your stay, you can enjoy green hills, gardens, silence, and extreme relaxation in the wellness center with salt water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa and massage facilities. There is no television, and nothing to disturb the peace and tranquility.


  • 07:30 Guided pranayama and meditation
  • 08:15 Light breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:00 Hike, free time, day trips, massage and spa time
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Included excursions

Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside and mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own are included in the holiday.


Jessica Bellofatto
Jessica has been practicing yoga for 24 years. She started at the original Jivamukti Yoga Studio in East Village, New York. She completed her 500-hour training in 1997 at the Jivamukti Yoga School under the guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life. She spent many hours studying the Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga styles and is currently pursuing certification in Ashaya yoga, which sprouted from Anusara, with Todd Norian. Jessica is also a triathlete, an avid surfer, and the owner of KamaDeva Yoga.

Retreat location

The venue for this retreat will be the stunning Locanda del Gallo, a country house bed and breakfast located in the peaceful Umbria hills between Gubbio and Perugia. Prominently situated on a ridge which stretches into the center of the valley, Locanda del Gallo commands fine views over its 28 hectares of gardens, terraced lawns and woodland, this luxury, boutique hotel accommodation is immersed in nature.

Unique features


  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Garden


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


All meals, starting with dinner on the night of arrival, three meals daily, and breakfast on day of departure are included in price. The chef will spoil you with healthy and organic cuisine. The tomatoes, salad leaves, aromatic herbs, and vegetables come from the kitchen garden. There are also olive oil from the olive grove, yogurt, cakes and home-made breads. In the finest traditions of Mediterranean cuisine, everything is natural, and everything is genuine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Stroll at leisure through the olive grove, inhale the scent of roses and herbs, or simply curl up with a book under the shade of the old elm tree. The gardens hold many hidden gems and secret corners for you to discover.

There is an ecological chlorine-free swimming pool, encircled by comfortable sun loungers and close by the sybaritic delight of an outdoor Jacuzzi whirlpool spa. Or descend a few steps to enter the small Moorish style spa, let your tensions slip away in the Turkish bath and then immerse yourself in a cloud of cool, refreshing, mint scented water, before heading for the peace of the salon overlooking the verdant landscape to sip a tisane, read a book, or revive yourself under the hands of JBYoga masseuse.

For those who wish to venture on a day excursion, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona are all within easy reach of the Locanda del Gallo. Even Siena, Florence, and Rome are not too far.

Optional activities

  • Easy day trips to Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona
  • Further day trips to Siena, Florence, and Rome
  • Hand weaving workshop - learn the art of hand looming and dyeing fabric with vegetable dyes, located down the road from the locanda!
  • Tennis (courts located 10 minutes away!)
  • Play golf on a championship golf course 30 minutes away
  • Massage

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside
  • Early morning pranayama and meditation session
  • Daily cleaning
  • Free internet
  • Mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own
  • Pasta-making class
  • Twice daily yoga taught by Jessica Bellofatto and Roey Ficaro
  • Use of the chlorine free swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Use of the underground Moorish style spa with Turkish bath

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Massage treatments
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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