Tuscany: Itinerary


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Day 1

10:00am Meet at Pitti Palace in Oltrarano: Visit Pitti Palace
12:00pm Piazzale Michelangelo & San Miniato

1pm Lunch & Wine Tasting Firenze
3pm Shopping Firenze
4:30pm Depart for Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

6:30pm Welcome Yoga Practice – Vinyasa at Casabella
7:30pm Welcome Aperitivo & Orientation Casabella
9:00pm Welcome Dinner Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio Molino

Pitti Palace
Tickets purchased for you to experience the most beautiful palace in the world.

Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden) houses a collection of roses, lemons, and other plants, as well as a Japanese garden. It contains about 400 varieties of roses for a total of about 1,200 plants.The garden was created in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, who also designed the piazzale, on behalf of the City of Florence in anticipation of moving the capital of Italy from Turin. It covers about one hectare of land which offers a panoramic view of the city, sandwiched between viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore and via dei Bastioni.

Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley.The Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the city’s most famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. At the center of the square stands a replica of his most famous statue, the David. The bronze statue is set on a large pedestal, decorated with replicas of allegorical statues depicting day, night, dusk and dawn.

San Miniato standing atop one of the highest points in the city of Florence is one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetti monastery to the basilica where the monks sell herbal teas and special honey elixirs. The mosaics and frescoes inside the church are incredible.

Church complex

 The Cemetery from the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte by Hans von Bartels. Adjacent to the church is the cloister, planned as early as 1426 and built from 1443 to mid-1450s. It was designed by Bernardo and Antonio Rosselino. The whole complex is surrounded by defensive walls, originally built hastily by Michelangelo during the siege and in 1553 expanded into a true fortress (fortezza) by Cosimo I de’ Medici. The walls now enclose a beautiful large cemetery, the Porte Sante, laid out in 1854.

Day 2

9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meditation
10:30am Yoga Practice – Vinyasa at Casabella

1:00pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
4:00pm Wine Tasting & Guided Tour of Cellars at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
(Meet at winery in via di montefiesole 55)

6:00pm Yoga – Mantra
7:30pm Apertivo at Casanuova Villa
8:30pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio Molino

Day 3

7:30am Meditation
8:00am Yoga Practice – Yin at Casabella
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Depart for Monteriggioni
11:30am Castle Tour of Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his ’round enclosure’ in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). Recently a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding countryside towards Chianti and the Valdelsa and to enjoy a unique view of the town and its fortifications.

12:45pm Depart for Siena (10-15 minute drive)
1:00pm Walking Tour of Siena
2:00pm Lunch in Siena (Italian style pizza!)
After Lunch Shopping and exploring in Siena (time on own)

Siena preserves its medieval character to a remarkable degree, and has been largely unspoilt by new buildings. In fact Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot, and has its own boundary and distinct identity. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the annual horse race (Palio) in the Piazza del Campo.

6:00pm Aperitivo in Center of Siena (“Campo” by the Tower)
7:30pm Depart for Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
9:00pm Dinner Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio Molino

Day 4

9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meditation
10:30am Yoga Practice – Kundalini at Casabella

1:00pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
3:00pm Depart for Montepulciano & Wine Tasting

Montepulciano No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to this hilltop haven away from the crowds. Tuscany is at its best in its small historic hilltowns. Montepulciano is not exactly undiscovered, but it’s below the radar. Standing imperious on its high tufa ridge, Montepulciano seems to have been positioned by a landscape painter and laid out by a designer of Renaissance opera sets. It has one of the most intact and architecturally unified historic centres of any Italian town: within its walls, apart from a few nips and tucks, no major building work has taken place since 1580.

From the panoramic terrace outside the church of San Francesco, the view stretches west across neat vineyards and patchwork fields of corn and sunflowers to distant wooded hills.

Those vineyards produce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the austere but elegant red wine to which the town’s name is umbilically linked. Wine has been made here since at least the eighth century, possibly earlier, and by the mid‑16th century Montepulciano’s lofty reputation was already sealed: Pope Paul III’s cellarmaster described it admiringly as “un vino da signori” (a wine for aristocrats). More here

7:00pm Dinner in Montepulciano
9:00pm Yoga – Dharma Talk with Meditation Wine

Day 5

7:30am Meditation
8:00am Yoga Practice – Kundalini Vinyasa at Casabella
9:00am Breakfast

11:00am Depart for Wine & Tasting at Tenuta Torciano outside San Gimignano castle http://www.torciano.com
2:30PM Depart for San Gimignano look for Girasole

The healing benefits of SUNFLOWERS, the happiest of flowers include loyalty and longevity. Helianthus annuus
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family)
Helianthus comes from the Greek ~Helios~ which means ~sun~ and ~anthos~ which means ~flower.~ These flowers always turn towards the sun. They were grown for their usefulness, not their beauty. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro reported seeing the natives of the Inca Empire in Peru worshipping a giant sunflower. Incan priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their garments.

‘San Gimignano delle belle Torri’ served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.

The People’s Palace is one of the most important monuments of San Gimignano, being both the home of the Civic Museum and rich in paintings by the Florentine and Sienese schools (dating from the 13th century) such as the “Crucifix”, painted by Coppo di Marcovaldo, the triptyches by Niccolò Tegliacci and Taddeo di Bartolo dating from the 14th century, and other important works of art dating from the 15th century painted by Domenico Michelino, Pinturicchio and Filippino Lippi.

6:00pm Depart for Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
7:30pm Yoga – Pranayama & Dharma Talk at Casanuova
8:30pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Day 6

9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meditation
10:30am Yoga Practice – Yin & Yoga Nidra

1:00pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
Great day for massage!

6:00pm Yoga at Casanuova
7:30pm Aperitivo at Casanuova Villa
9:00pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio Molino

Day 7

7:30am Meditation & Closing Ceremony
8:00am Yoga Practice – Vinyasa at Casabella
9:00am Breakfast
10:30am Check-out of rooms
12:00pm Departure to Florence
12:45pm Arrive Florence

Radda in Chianti is situated on a hill covered with woods and extensive vineyards forming the watershed between the Pesa and Arbia valleys. The structure of the medieval village is still intact; it grew up elliptically around the church of San Nicolò, of 14th century origin and the Palazzo Pretorio. Built about 1415, its facade is adorned with the coats of arms of the podestà (chief magistrates), the latter is now the seat of the municipality.

Just outside the village, in the Vignale farm, are the headquarters of the Chianti Classico consortium (its symbol is the black-cockerel, the former emblem of the League of Chianti), and the Centro di Studi Chiantigiani (Centre for Chianti Studies), founded in 1984, with a small library and an archive devoted to the history of Chianti and its agriculture. The Montevertine farm, near the village, houses the small Museo del Chianti, with displays relating to the farming community.