La Dolce Asana,
A Yoga Journey Through Southern Italy
Join us for an unforgettable 7-night retreat through the enchanting landscapes of southern Italy, as we embark on a soul-rejuvenating adventure like no other. From the picturesque shores of Tropea to the awe-inspiring treasures of Rome, this retreat promises an immersive blend of culture, history, yoga, and culinary delights that will awaken your senses and leave you spellbound.
Tropea: Gateway to Paradise
Our journey commences in the hidden gem of Tropea, nestled along the mesmerizing Tyrrhenian Sea. With its rugged cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and charming cobblestone streets, Tropea is an absolute paradise for relaxation. Begin your day with a rejuvenating sunrise yoga session on the terrace of our hotel, allowing the gorgeous views to serenade your practice. Explore ancient churches, stroll through the old town, and savor the world-famous Tropea onions.
Campania: Where History Comes to Life
Venturing north, we find ourselves in Campania, where history and modernity seamlessly blend. In Pompeii, wander the ancient streets frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Discover the art of preservation and immerse yourself in the past. A visit to the Amalfi Coast offers breathtaking vistas that are as invigorating as our daily yoga practice. Explore charming coastal towns, savor fresh seafood, and delve into the beauty of Positano's multicolored houses.
Amalfi Coast: A Taste of Heaven on Earth
The Amalfi Coast, with its dramatic cliffs and terraced vineyards, embodies the essence of La Dolce Vita. Enjoy yoga and explore the enchanting villages of Amalfi. Savor the delectable lemon-infused cuisine, and indulge in the renowned limoncello. Every moment on the Amalfi Coast is a celebration of life's simple pleasures.
Rome: The Eternal City's Embrace
Our journey concludes in the heart of Italy, where ancient wonders meet modern vibrancy. Rome is a city that leaves an indelible mark on the soul. Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican City, immersing yourself in history. Our yoga session provides an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling city. Savor traditional Roman cuisine, from mouthwatering pasta dishes to creamy gelato.
Yoga and Culinary Delights
Throughout the retreat, I will guide you through invigorating and restorative sessions that harmonize with the natural beauty of each region. Connect with your inner self in the most inspiring settings, whether it's the Tropea beach, Pompeii's ancient ruins, or the panoramic vistas of the Amalfi Coast.
Indulge your taste buds with an array of exquisite Italian cuisine, from Tropea's local specialties to the seafood feasts of Campania and the aromatic flavors of Rome. Each day offers an opportunity to relish the diverse and delectable dishes that southern Italy has to offer, enhancing your retreat experience.
Join Us on this Remarkable Journey!
This retreat is an invitation to embark on a transformative voyage through the heart of Italy. Immerse yourself in the magic of Tropea, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome, as we weave together daily yoga, incredible history, and mouthwatering cuisine. Allow the splendor of southern Italy to rejuvenate your spirit and ignite your passion for life. Reserve your spot today and experience La Dolce Vita like never before.
April 27- May 04, 2024 (7 Nights)
There are ONLY 13 spots available for this retreat!
20% Non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot
EARLY BIRD pricing available through December 30, 2023
The accommodation pricing listed is on a per-individual basis
Up to 50% of your deposit is required by March 01, 2024 (all deposits go towards paying off your full balance)
Full remaining balance is due by April 01, 2024
Release & Waiver of Liability Form must be reviewed, signed, and returned to me with your initial deposit
Payment options - Zelle, cash, cashier and personal checks are accepted
Payments are non-refundable once your spot has been secured
Your passport must exhibit a minimum validity of no less than 6 months beyond the planned date of your departure from the European Union (EU), and it must have been issued within the preceding decade.
It is essential to note that the EU stipulates a 3-month validity requirement, though certain U.S. airlines may impose stricter standards, necessitating a minimum of 6 months of remaining validity on your passport to be permitted for boarding.
For instance, several travelers who flew with United Airlines to Italy in August 2023 were obliged to ensure that their passports retained at least 6 months of validity.
During our exploration of the captivating landscapes of Southern Italy, I'm delighted to present an array of carefully curated accommodations, each boasting a distinguished 3 to 4-star rating. These meticulously selected lodgings promise to envelop you in the opulent comfort and refined hospitality that are synonymous with Italy's finer establishments. I invite you to peruse the itinerary provided below, and should you have any queries or require further details, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: 3,255 EURO
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: 2,665 EURO
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: 3,430 EURO
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: 2,840 EURO
** On your day of payment, we'll apply the exchange rate for that day utilizing xe.com
Your total due will be calculated at that time, and your remaining balance will remain fixed in USD.
I keep track of everyone's payment via a spreadsheet, which I'll send you a link for.
As mentioned above, payments are accepted ONLY via Zelle, cash, cashier's or personal check. **
Saturday, Apr. 27 (Day 1)
Arrival: Lamezia Terme Airport
Our adventure starts in Tropea, a charming coastal town located in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. You will most likely fly to Rome, and take an internal flight to Lamezia Terme Airport, from where transportation will be provided to take you to our hotel in Tropea.
(about 1 hr+ drive)
Tropea is known for its beautiful beaches, scenic cliffs, and historic city center. It offers visitors a perfect combination of relaxation and culture.
In the evening, we'll meet for a welcome Yoga session, get acquainted with each other, enjoy dinner together, and discuss the week ahead.
* Check-in could be as early as 2 pm or as late as 4pm, depending on the hotel. Late arrivals after 6:30 pm are not recommended. *
Included Meals: Dinner
Evening Activity: Tropea surroundings
Hotel Example: Villagio II Gabbiano (4-star)
Sunday, Apr. 28 (Day 2)
We start our day with a rejuvenating Yoga practice (on the beach or on the terrace of our hotel - TBD). After Yoga and recharging with breakfast at hour hotel, we'll explore the streets of old town Tropea and soak up its lively atmosphere.
One of the most picturesque towns on Calabria's largely built-up coast, Tropea offers superb views of the sea and beaches. The old town hangs to a cliffside facing a large rock, formerly an island. On top of the rock is Santa Maria dell'Isola, a former medieval Benedictine sanctuary.
We'll then head off towards Tropea's beaches, enjoy the majestic views, and take an optional dip (swim) in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
We'll invite in the evening with a boat tour about the Stromboli Volcano, followed by dinner together to indulge in the local cuisines.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Evening Activity: Boat Tour (1.5 - 2 hr)
Monday, Apr. 29 (Day 3)
Calabria & Campania
The day starts with a Vinyasa practice at our hotel. After Yoga, we'll meet for breakfast and discuss the day's journey - it's time to bid farewell to Tropea and head north. Before leaving the Calabria region, we'll have a stop on route to taste some delicious local wine and goodies at a very special family homestead (~ 2.5 hr from Tropea).
As we continue our journey north (another 2 hr), we'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the Italian countryside and make our way to the town of Atena Lucana, located in the Campania province. We'll settle in our hotel surrounded by the countryside, and have a free evening to relax and enjoy dinner on our own.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activity: Wine tasting
Hotel Example: Domus Otium
Tuesday, Apr. 30 (Day 4)
Costiera Amalfitani (Amalfi Coast)
After our morning Yoga and breakfast, we'll continue our journey through the countryside, northbound until we reach the one and only Amalfi (2.5 - 3 hr)!
Amalfi is known for its stunning coastal scenery, colorful buildings perched on the cliffs, and historical landmarks such as the 9th-century Cathedral of Sant'Andrea. Popular pleasures here include dining on grilled fish and sipping Lacryma Christi from the vineyards on the slopes of Vesuvius, trips to coastal summits to admire the breathtaking views.
After visiting Amalfi, we'll enjoy a sunset boat tour from Amalfi to Positano, have dinner and head to our hotel in either Positano or Sorrento (TBD).
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Evening Activity: Exploring Positano or Sorrento (TBD)
Hotel Example: Hotel Cristina
Wednesday, May 1st (Day 5)
Visiting Pompeii & Napoli (Naples)
Today we're bound on a mesmerizing journey as we traverse the enchanting landscapes of the Campania region, where the majestic Vesuvius volcano provides a dramatic backdrop to our scenic route.
Our next destination is the historic marvel of Pompeii (~ 1 hr drive), a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled at the foot of Vesuvius. While exploring Pompeii's ancient ruins, you'll be transported back in time to an era long gone.
Following this remarkable visit, we set our sights on Naples (30 min. drive), where we'll have the privilege of savoring the city's renowned, world-class pizza, a culinary masterpiece.
Depending on our stay in Positano or Sorrento and our hotel in Naples, we may have our Yoga practice either in the morning or evening (TBD).
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Activity: Visiting Pompeii ruins exploring Naples
Hotel Example: Palazzo Esedra
Thursday, May 2nd (Day 6)
Vatican & Rome
As we head further north from the enchanting Naples region to the heart of Italy's capital, Rome (~ 3 hr drive), our first destination: the awe-inspiring Vatican City. Prepare to be mesmerized by the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, the artistic treasures of the Vatican Museums, and the sacred atmosphere of this remarkable city-state.
After a day filled with cultural wonders, you'll have the evening to explore Rome at your leisure, perhaps strolling through the historic streets, savoring Italian cuisine, and immersing yourself in the city's timeless charm.
We'll come full circle as we end the day with a soothing Yoga practice at our hotel, grounding ourselves amidst the magic of Rome's rich history and vibrant energy.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Hotel Example: Casa i Cappuccini
Friday, May 3rd (Day 7)
The Colosseum & Palatine Hill
Today promises a captivating adventure as we embark on a grand exploration of Rome's iconic landmarks. Our day begins with a visit to the Colosseum, an architectural marvel and one of the world's renowned 7 Wonders. This ancient amphitheater, steeped in history, awaits to awe you with its sheer magnitude and historical significance. Adjacent to the Colosseum lies the enchanting Palatine Hill, where you'll receive your entry ticket and the freedom to explore at your leisure. Wander through the ruins of this hill, once home to Roman emperors, and feel the echoes of a bygone era come to life.
Following this enlightening experience, you'll have the opportunity to venture out into Rome's enchanting streets independently. You may choose to revel in the grandeur of the Spanish Steps, where history and elegance intertwine, or cast a coin into the legendary Trevi Fountain, sealing your wish and contributing to the centuries-old tradition.
As the sun sets over this timeless city, we'll come together for our final dinner, a heartwarming occasion to celebrate the incredible journey we've shared through the enchanting landscapes and culture of Italy. Raise your glass in a toast, savoring the moments and memories made during this unforgettable adventure.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Saturday, May 4th (Day 8)
Departure for home or ... Croatia?!
As the sun bathes the ancient streets of Rome in its gentle morning glow, I invite you to savor one last, soul-soothing moment in this magnificent city. Join us for a serene morning of Yoga beneath the Italian sky, followed by a delectable breakfast that awakens your senses and lingers in your heart.
But why let the magic fade when you can chase the next chapter of our journey, one that beckons from the horizon? For those who long to continue this voyage of the spirit, the path leads to the breathtaking shores of Croatia, to the sun-kissed island of Hvar, where our next retreat awaits, promising an odyssey of unparalleled beauty.
** Take advantage of an additional 5% discount off the Early Bird Pricing of this retreat, when you book both retreats (Italy & Croatia) by the end of December, 2023! **
Regardless of your next destination, transportation will be provided to take you back to Rome International Airport.
As we bid farewell to "La Dolce Asana" in southern Italy, I invite you to embrace the allure of Croatia and create your own story in the embrace of the Adriatic. Secure your place on this next chapter of our journey, and let your soul soar as you arrange your 'short' flight from Rome to the enchanting city of Split, Croatia.
This day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, where the spirit of adventure knows no bounds, and the heart dances to the rhythm of life's sweetest symphony.
Join us as we embark on this new escapade, weaving together the threads of love, laughter, and everlasting memories in the breathtaking landscapes of Hvar.
Included Meals: Breakfast
7 nights of accommodation in 4 star hotels (with the exception of Domus Otium, a charming 3 star hotel)
One daily Yoga practice
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Yoga mats & props are provided
Round-trip shuttle transfers, as well as transportation within regions of southern Italy which we'll be traveling through (as indicated on above itinerary)
Lamezia Terme to hotel in Tropea
Hotel in Rome to Rome International Airport
All transportation from Tropea to Rome
All tours & entry fees as indicated on Itinerary above
All taxes associated with hotels and inclusive meals
Airfare & all flight arrangements
Alcoholic & specialty beverages
Massage therapy & spa
Optional visit to Vatican Museum
Any travel/transportation that's not part of our itinerary (optional)
Additional personal, travel, and/or health insurance (optional)