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Within the winding streets, you will experience the daily life and history of an authentic southern Italian village with quaint little boutiques, craft and jewelry shops, little alimentari with fresh local food, wine and vegetables, wine bars and cafs serving aperitivi, and range of good restaurants. You will breathe the clean sea air into your lungs with views of the endless sea and horizon.
You will stay in characteristic traditionally-furnished Sperlonga village houses much those like at the organizers Casperia base. Each is used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats Holidays' guests. Delightful locations were chosen and most of the houses enjoy a terrace or balcony and great views of the sea or terracotta rooftops and characteristic village streets.
The village shops, which include amazing fruit and vegetable alimentari, stock a large range of food and drinks if you would like to cook or eat at home anytime. Kitchens are shared, with facilities that are characteristic of a traditional Italian village house.
Your retreat includes five morning yoga sessions of 90-minutes which take place either on the medieval Truglia tower, beside the sea, or on a terrace inside the hilltop village with sea and mountain views. You will breathe the clean sea air into your lungs and enjoy views of the endless sea and horizon. Some morning classes may be held on the sheltered beach area, close to where we serve breakfast, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The retreat also includes three afternoon yoga and meditation classes, held on a terrace within the hilltop village which has views of the sea.
Sperlonga is steeped in history having once been the summer residence of the Roman emperor Tiberius, 'the reluctant emperor', who ruled from 14 - 37AD. Archaeologists have found a series of sculptures in the cave of his villa, which you can visit by foot on Sperlonga's south beach.
The pretty whitewashed village trickles down a hillside to the Mediterranean sea. A maze of narrow streets and alleys, inaccessible to cars, it's a perfect companion to Sunflower Retreats Casperia base and its location, midway between Rome and Naples, makes it just as easy to reach with low-cost flights and a main-line rail connection.
A delicious breakfast will be served on the beach in the famous and stylish Il Delfino. The food is locally sourced with a wide range of healthy food options.
Lunch and dinner is not included in the package. The village has lots of great restaurants and enoteche serving delicious southern Italian dishes as well as fresh local fish.
The hot water baths of Le Terme Di Sant'Egidio, renowned for their healing properties since Roman times, are located close to Sperlonga. The pool has sun-loungers, palm trees and a bar and the water has various depths and temperature zones in different pools.
The sulphur spring waters have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, and have been used for centuries to draw impurities out of the skin, to stimulate skin cells to secrete natural oils and to reduce blood pressure and rheumatism.
Combining sulphur water bathing with yoga practice is extremely healing to the whole body and mind. A day trip, leaving after morning yoga and breakfast and returning in the afternoon, costs 40 EUR per person, including entrance fee to baths, for a minimum of two people.
Holistic treatments are a major feature of Sunflower Retreats' path to wellness and complement the yoga sessions offered. There are a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, offered but the place stands out in that they use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in the sessions.
A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies will be given to you when you arrive, and you can book the sessions with an on-site therapist each day at breakfast-time. She will be available to discuss each treatment and help you choose the perfect one for your own requirements. The treatments include:
You will probably fly to Rome to start your Sperlonga retreat. Rome has two airports: Ciampino, to the east, is used by Ryanair and some other low-cost carriers. Leonardo da Vinci (FCO), to the west, usually known as 'Fiumicino,' is used by National carriers and by EasyJet. Your journey will start with a transfer to the city centre rail station in Rome: Roma Termini.
Low-cost carriers sell tickets for the shuttle coach services from Ciampino Airport to Roma Termini station on board the plane. You can also buy shuttle tickets online from Terravision or SIT, or as you board the coach. The journey time is about 45 minutes and tickets are about 4.
Train services to Napoli via Fondi-Sperlonga run roughly once an hour and take about an hour. Your ticket can be bought at the station or booked online. Remember to get the on regional train service and not the direct 'Freccia Rossa' train line to Napoli! You will need to frank your ticket in one of the machines at the end of the platform before you board your train.
Follow the signs to the airport station and buy a ticket to Termini on the Leonardo Express. Tickets are 14 EUR. Trains run every 30 minutes until 10 p.m. and the journey time is 30 minutes. The train service from Roma-Termini to Fondi-Sperlonga is the same as for Ciampino, above.
Once you arrive at the station, a local bus service which meets each train will take you to the village square. Call Sunflower Retreats' representatives and they will meet you.