Tuscany: Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY

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Day 1

Morning:
10:30am Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio (via Cennini 4, 50123, Florence, Italy)
Walking tour of Historic Center of Florence
11:00am Walk Oltrarano: Visit Pitti Palace, Piazzale Michelangelo & San Miniato

Afternoon:
2:30pm Lunch Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
5:00pm Pool time

Evening:
5:30pm Welcome Yoga Practice
7:00pm Welcome Aperitivo & Orientation CasaNova Villa
8:30pm Welcome Dinner Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

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

Morning:
7:30am Meditation
8:00am Yoga Practice
9:30am Breakfast

Afternoon:
11:00pm Depart for Radda in Chianti
12:30pm Radda in Chianti walking tour and wine tasting Enoteca Toscana
2:00pm Lunch at Enoteca Dante Alighieri Radda in Chianti
3:45pm Chianti Casalvento Livernano Winery: Tasting, snacks and tour
Casalvento, Loc Casalvento 53017 Radda in Chianti – Tel + 39 0577 738967
5:00pm Depart for Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

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.

Evening:
7:00pm Yoga Practice (Pranayama & Dharma Talk)
8:30pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Day 3

Morning:
7:30am Meditation
8:00am Yoga Practice
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.

Afternoon:
1:00pm Depart for Siena (10-15 minute drive)
1:15pm Walking Tour of Siena
2:30pm 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.

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

Day 4

Morning:
12:30pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
4pm Wine Tasting & Guided Tour of Cellars at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Afternoon:
12:30pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
4pm Wine Tasting & Guided Tour of Cellars at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Volterra “is situated in the middle of the triangle formed by the cities of Pisa, Siena and Florence. On clear days you can easily see the sea, with the islands of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon. Far from heavily-trafficked roads and industrial areas, Volterra is surrounded by rolling patchwork hills with fields of grain and woodlands. In Summer, as the spring rains slow their trickle, the green fields turn to gold as wheat is harvested and sunflowers raise, and then bow, their proud heads. Volterra is one of the most important towns in Tuscany: its unique position and its ancient history leaves everyone enchanted.” From our friends at Tuscan Tour.

Evening
5:30pm Yoga Practice (Mala & Mantra Workshop)
8:00pm Apertivo at CasaBella Villa
8:30pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Casole d’Elsa is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 50 km southwest of Florence and about 25 km west of Siena. It is a charming medieval hilltop town situated in wonderful countryside around Siena. It is situated 70km from Florence and 35km from the town of Siena.

Originally it was a domain of the Bishop of Volterra but in the middle of the 13th century it passed under the control of Siena. The Sienese strengthened the fortifications because of its strategical position. In 1554 Casole surrended, after strenuous resistance, to the imperial and Florentine armies during the war against Siena. The dualism between Siena and Volterra still survives in the daily life of Casole for political purposes it is in the Province of Siena, whereas it falls under the Diocese of Volterra for religious matters. Verrocchio Art School Tuscany Italy.

Day 5

Morning:
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meditation
10:30am Yoga Practice

Afternoon:
12:00pm Lunch at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
1:00PM Depart for Girasole (Sunflowers) & San Gimignano

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.

Evening:
5:30pm Depart for Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
7:30pm Yoga Practice (Pranayama & Dharma Talk)
8:30pm Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Day 6

Morning:
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meditation
10:30am Yoga Practice

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

Evening:
5:30pm Yoga Practice (Closing Circle)
7:30pm Aperitivo at CasaNova Villa
8:30pm Closing Dinner at Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio

Day 7

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Check-out of rooms
12:00pm Departures
12:30pm Arrive Florence

Yoga in Tuscany, at Soul Space Gabriella-2

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