We are pleased to invite you to a unique journey over a period of one week. A meaningful travel experience and a deeper kind of interior journey in Tuscany.

Explore the natural and historical beauties of one of Italy's most precious regions. This unique one week journey, in the heart of Italy, includes a daily meditation and yoga practice, as well as visits to breathtaking landscapes and historical spots. You'll be revived by the regenerating natural thermal water spas, and be nourished by the flavors of local cuisine.

HIGTHLIGTS

- 7 days all included in a villa of the Natural Reserve of Pigelleto

- Morning class of Vinyasa yoga and Meditation

- daily vegetarian brunch and diner.

- 2 cooking classes with fresh local products

- Excursions (visit of typical Tuscan ancient village, trekking in the mountains, thermal Spa, Siena, Piena, Sovana …)

- Massages, healthy therapy, relaxation…

 

Food will also play an important role from food selection to meal preparation and as featured in our cuisine workshops designed by Ophelie Doll to pamper your body and mind throughout the entire stay.

Yoga classes and Meditations are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to our guests needs (French or Italian)

 

 

We will learn to create a colorful meal, loaded with good vibes. All our senses will be used, sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, but also the 6th one, intuition, that we will listen to, to express our limitless creativity!

Ophelie will accompany you in this adventure with joy and benevolence, giving you tips for you to intuitively cook. She traveled a lot, took cooking classes, but the best school was to listen to her body, her desires, needs, and to nourish it with love.

You will learn how to create your own way of cooking, but you will go inward in the meantime, by listening everything your body and soul will have to say.

We will learn to make the typical Tuscan pasta “Pinci” following the traditional receipt and the history around this dish.

 

 

Our yoga program is dedicated to all levels of this discipline. Entirely based on how guiding your breathing its practice will be divided in four parts:

The first part is dedicated to breathing (Pranayama) and to meditation. 

The second part is dedicated to Hata Yoga to learn all the positions through the decomposition of the movement.

A third dynamic part of Vinyasa Yoga where the various positions are finalized to the pace of the breathing. 

A last part consists instead in deep relaxation (Shavasana).

 

 

  

IL ROCCONE

"Il Roccone" is located in the "Podere St. Francis", which was built in 1859 and completely restored in 2010, using only natural materials and respecting the traditions of the local buildings.

The property covers an area of over one hundred acres. Stay at “Il Roccone" Walden is a true immersion in pure and incontaminate nature.

Here you do not hear other noises or sounds that those of wildlife.

NATURAL RESERVE OF PIGELLETO

The Pigelleto Nature Reserve is divided between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. It lies in the borough of Piancastagnaio, on the southern side of Mount Amiata. Founded by the Tuscan Region in 1996, the area of the reserve was one of the main mercury mining sites of Mounta Amiata and two disused mines can still be found within the reserve. The area is dominated by Poggio Pampagliano (969 m.) that together with Poggio La Roccaccia and Poggio Roccone, just slightly lower in altitude, form a curved ridge towards the north-east, that forms the watershed between the basin of the river Paglia and that of the river Fiora.

The reserve protects a mixed wooded area, rich in plant species, among which the presence of silver firs as a spontaneous species is especially relevant.

PIENZA

It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied the principles of his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti. This new vision of urban space was realized in the superb square known as Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it: the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its pure Renaissance exterior and an interior in the late Gothic style of south German churches.

The other major buildings in Pienza line the Corso Rossellino, most built as houses members of the papal court, although some earlier buildings survive. They include the Gothic Church of St Francis and its Convent; the Atrebatense Palace (Gothic structure with Renaissance decoration); the Ammannati Palace, in Renaissance style; the brick Palazzetto; and the Gonzaga Palace, one of the few buildings that retains its garden. Pienza has many Renaissance fountains and wells, the designed by Rossellino.

SIENA

Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini was to influence the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape.

Siena, an outstanding medieval city that has preserved its character and quality to a remarkable degree, and its influence on art, architecture and town planning in the Middle Ages, both in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, was great.

The highest point of the town is crowned by the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Its facade, the lower part of which is the work of Giovanni Pisano, was completed by Giovanni di Cecco after construction of the Nuovo Duomo (New Cathedral), a vast project inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of north of the Alps. The cathedral preserves a remarkable pavement and the pulpit carved by Nicolà Pisano.

THE NECROPOLIS OF SOVANA

The Etruscan necropolis of Sovana is just a few kilometers from Sovana. The necropolis is noteworthy not so much for its enormous size, but for the many different types of tombs it contains. We can see tombs dating from the VII-VI centuries B.C. even though the main nucleus (with its more complex and sophisticated graves) was developed in the III-II centuries B.C. Some of the most significant sites in the necropolis are: the “Tomb of the Mermaid” (an aedicula tomb with a portico decorated on the frontal), the “Tomb of Idelbranda” (shaped like a temple with a double stairway and columns with capitals decorated with anthropomorphous elements), the Grotta Pola (with eight columns on the façade) and the Tomb of the Typhon (an aedicula with a decorated tympanum). All the decorations, carved into the tufa, stuccoed and polished were originally painted in lively colors. At the center of the necropolis there is a site where a female goddess of health was worshipped as demonstrated by a votive statue rich in heads, legs and other parts of the human anatomy.

THERMES BAGNO VIGNONI

The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources", namely a rectangular tank, of 16th-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the underground aquifer of volcanic origins. Since the Etruscans and Romans - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds - the spa of Bagno Vignoni was attended by eminent personalities such as Pope Pius II, Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo the Magnificent and many other artists who had elected the village as main holiday resort. Characteristic of Bagno Vignoni, besides the thermal waters, are its structure, despite numerous incidents of war, devastation and fires that involved the Val d'Orcia in the Middle Ages, remains essentially unchanged since then.