One of my favorite parts of the Italian experience is hearing and speaking the language. I would love to have you join us on our Inspired Travel Alchemy Tours Tuscany Yoga & Wine, Cycling and Cultural Adventure June 22-29, 2013 or Amalfi Adventure July 1-7, 2013! And in preparation here’s a little bit of what to practice saying. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
***WHAT TO SAY***
Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:
Yes / No Si / No
Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao
Please Per Favore
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Excuse me Mi scuzi
I’m sorry Mi dispiace
Good morning Buongiorno
Good evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notte
To the left A la sinistra
To the right A la destra
Straight ahead Sempre dritto
There is a happy balance between enjoying a yoga retreat in Italy where you never leave the center and where you stay in 3-4 hotels in a week. We offer you the best of everything. We pick you up in Florence, we stay at our home base of a our own private Tuscan Farmhouse, each apartment with private bath and we drive you around on 9 excursions while still making a lot of time for quiet walks, sitting by the pool and just enjoying the beauty of the countryside. We believe our Tuscan adventure is perfectly balanced, just for you!
SPECIAL TUSCAN CULTURAL PROGRAMS DURING OUR 7 DAYS:
Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Monteriggioni, Siena afternoon
Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour, Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa afternoon
Day 4: Cycling to Casole d’Elsa morning, Volterra afternoon walking tour and wine tastings
Day 5: Cycling to San Gimignano and lunch, Loop Ride back to Tignano
Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, Tuscan Cooking Class evening dinner party
Day 7: Final Yoga, Breakfast and Departures
We will be enjoying Bartholomew Park Winery situated in the heart of the 400-acre Bartholomew Memorial Park in Sonoma.
Our visit to the winery includes a sampling of Bartholomew Park’s premium wines, access to vineyard-view picnic grounds, hiking trails, and a museum chronicling the property’s illustrious history and current grape growing practices.
The picnic grounds at Bartholomew Park overlook the vineyards and a replica of Agoston Haraszthy’s Palladian Villa which was destroyed by fire around the turn of the century.
In the hills behind the winery are approximately three miles of marked hiking trails. A variety of indigenous California vegetation — oak groves, manzanita, madrone, redwood-shaded fern grottos, and fields of spring wildflowers — provides visitors with a generous sampling of the visual delights and natural beauty of Sonoma County. On a clear day, the view from Bartholomew Park’s trails extends to San Francisco.