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You are invited to a yoga retreat in the middle of the tranquil Tuscan countryside to relax and recharge while also enjoying all the beauty this region has to offer. Tuscan Fitness offers Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga sessions at various lengths but always in beautiful locations. You can also enjoy your road to fitness through daily hikes across the surrounding area. The setting is cozy and warm, reflecting the nurturing environment that will host you on your yoga holiday.
The maximum participants in the group is 20.
Throughout their stay, Tuscan Fitness guests will be hosted at one of two hotels in the heart of Tuscany. The two locations are Hotel La Forra and the Fontebussi Tuscan Resort. These two spacious and welcoming hotels are located just outside the ancient village of Montegonzi, on the doorstep of the famous Chianti region. This quaint village has been inhabited continuously for generations, prized for its location and beauty. Tuscan Fitness is also conveniently located for those interested in making day trips to the famous towns and cities in the area, including Florence, Arezzo, and Siena.
Both hotels have numerous rooms that are all air-conditioned and spacious, combining a traditional feel with modern comforts. The restaurants are also some of the highlights of the two properties. Sourcing from local produce, they are bright and charming restaurants featuring delicious Tuscan dishes. At both La Forra and Fontebussi, there are two capacious pools with views onto the hills of Chianti and the Valdarno, providing guests with moments of tranquility and sunshine that can be found only in Tuscany.
There are two pools in each location, one a larger swimming pool and the other a pool for children. The two main pools are equipped with sun loungers, parasols, and gazebos for all guests to enjoy. The program is designed to optimize activity and health but as it is your holiday you can change it however you feel necessary for your fitness and well-being, and if that means more relaxation time by the pool then we will be more than happy to help make it happen.
Daily intermediate and beginner yoga classes will take place as well as daily guided hikes across the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You will have the freedom to customize fitness activities of your choice with experienced personal trainers and yoga instructors.
Tuscan Fitness wants to give you the chance to get away and rejuvenate and restore your body in whichever way you need to. They understand that each person has different desires and needs and they are willing to accommodate you. Of course if you wish to follow the general itinerary, a typical day includes yoga sessions, breakfast, a tranquil walk, and two to three other opportunities for exercise of your choice. The beauty of Tuscan Fitness is that you can take as much or as little from exploring other activities that they offer and if you like you can even opt to simply rest and relax.
This is an example schedule only. This sample schedule is subject to changes.
Alix is a personal trainer and an accredited Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga instructor. Based in Italy, she knows the area and often leads hiking tours and organizes new menus for clients at Tuscan Fitness. For Alix, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle has always been of paramount importance. She is a strong supporter of the Latin saying 'mens sana in corpore sano', which means that only a healthy body can support a healthy mind, so you should strive to keep your bodies in top condition. This was the genesis which led to the development of the Body and Mind company.
Francesca is a personal trainer and a sports massage therapist from London with a wealth of experience and an array of knowledge. She has 12 years of experience working in the fitness industry at some of London's leading health clubs. Fran holds a degree in sport and exercise science. She was also trained in boxing by David Haye on his training course. A certified Master Kettlebell instructor, she is taught personally and certified by Europe's leading kettle bell instructor and TVs former Biggest Loser trainer, the late Angie Dowds.
Tuscan Fitness is located on a tranquil hilltop in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. The retreat is held at two properties that sit almost side by side, one of which is the hotel La Forra and the other the Hotel Fontebussi. The area is located just outside a town called Cavriglia, located in the Upper Valdarno in the province of Arezzo and is often considered the center of the triangle that joins the cities of Florence, Arezzo, and Siena, making it ideal for visiting the area.
Nestled between the left bank of the river Arno and the hills of Chianti, it is also called the Porta del Chianti, which means the door of Chianti, as it is situated on the doorstep of this beautiful region, famous worldwide for its delicious wines. The area around each hotel is typically Tuscan, complete with rolling green hills, as well as the view on the horizon of farms, cypresses, olive groves, and vineyards that extends as far as the eye can see. This quaint village has been inhabited continuously for thousands of years, prized for its location and beauty.
Tuscan Fitness is also conveniently located for those interested in making day trips to the famous towns and cities in the area, including Florence, Arezzo, Siena, and Orvieto
At Tuscan Fitness, they aim to provide you with a well-rounded diet that will be nutritionally balanced, wholesome and satisfying. It is their belief that you can easily be led down the wrong path if you are not aware of the vast scope of food and creative meal options available to satisfy both your nutritional needs and taste buds. Keeping this in mind, at Tuscan Fitness you will not only enjoy your meals but you will learn how to import these diet options into your day-to-day life. The energy that you derive from your food is used to absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes; if you do not allow it to function properly these processes will not be carried out to their full potential.
At Tuscan Fitness, they will show you how to use your body's natural elements, mixed with the right combination of fitness and nutrition to maximize and rejuvenate your body's performance and appearance. The food will be anything but bland as they realize it is not fair to come to Tuscany and not take advantage of the fabulous food the region has to offer. They strive to source food locally thus not only getting the freshest food possible but also lowering the carbon footprint. The chef and resident nutritionist will be on call to help you with personalized advice upon request and give you meal options for you to try at home. This won't be a diet. It will be the beginning of your journey towards a slimmer, stronger, and happier you!
At Tuscan Fitness, they encourage you to do whatever you need to in order to have the health holiday that you need, one that will make you feel stronger and happier. Life is too fast paced and does not provide enough respite for ones health, and so coming to Tuscan Fitness gives you a chance to get away and repair whatever is broken. Whether you need sleep, exercise, or a lot of amazing Tuscan wine.
If you have any particular requests for possible activities, please let them know and they will do their best to make them happen. In the meantime, here is a list of the additional activities you can book while at Tuscan Fitness:
Please book your flight to arrive at Peretola Airport (FLR), Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), or Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) in Rome, Pisa International Airport (PSA) in Pisa, or at Siena-Ampugnano Airport (SAY) in Siena. Tuscan Fitness can organize a shuttle pick-up for you upon your arrival at the airport.
You can get a direct train from Florence which will take about 35 to 45 minutes to Montevarchi-Terranuova. From Rome, the train takes between one and half to three hours, depending on the train you decide to take. From Pisa or Bologna, the time varies but it is generally between one to two hours. For clients travelling to Tuscan Fitness by train, there is a set pick-ups at Midday, 15:00 and 18:00. For departures from the hotel to the station, set times are 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 14:30.