Maine Yoga Adventures is heading to Spannocchia, the perfect place for adventuring into the heart of Tuscany, Italy.
Organic farm and educational center, Spannocchia is nothing short of magical. Twelve miles west of Siena, Spannocchia boasts beautiful vistas, awesome hiking, verdant gardens, superb culinary classes, a lovely swimming pool, adorable farm animals, fantastic wine, amazing food, great people, and more...
our home for the week - Casetta al Padule
Casetta al Padule will be our private oasis for a full week. MYA will offer breakfasts and dinners to adventurers - we'll keep our options open for lunches dependent on where our adventuring takes us. Wine tastings! Olive oil tastings! Nature walks! Thermal pools!
Decorative details of the casetta feature the local yellow Sienese marble – a buttery stone marbled with ochre and bronze veins. The open layout is perfect for our group, and its location next to a pasture provides lovely morning views of cows grazing as the fog lifts from the valley. Four bedrooms create space for eight lucky adventurers!
The kitchen will be stocked for preparing delicious Tuscan style meals. A large covered terrace at the back of the house will highlight outdoor dining and gathering. Dinners will be split between the casetta and Spannocchia restaurant for a fully immersive experience.
Adventurers will be sure to enjoy yoga every day, an excursion either on or beyond the property, and free time to simply soak in the atmosphere (and soak in the pool!). Our group will have an onsite cooking class as well as a wine tasting.
MYA will have two vehicles for ease off-site adventuring. We'll enjoy a day in the city of Siena, explore quaint villages, connect with culture, art and nature. Some possibilities...
San Galgano: Visit the remarkable circular chapel of Monte Siepi, site of the miraculous sword in the stone of Saint Galgano. A wine bar with outdoor seating and a terrific view of the valley and mountains to the west, holds the perfect spot for a sunset aperitivo.
Hot Springs: Relax at Antica Querciolaia thermal spa and Terme di San GIovanni hotel and thermal pools. Indulge in large heated pools - spa treatments are available! Entrance fee is about 15 Euro per adventurer. If we get our timing just right, baths are open late so we can experience thermal baths under the stars!
Colle Val d'elsa: Soak in this charming town off the beaten path with an incredible vegetarian restaurant and open air market on Fridays. And very close by is Colombaia, Biodynamic vineyard, a small production vineyard with incredible organic wines.
San Gimignano: Climb 15 of the original 72 towers that rise above the skyline for an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. The city developed according to a characteristic star-shaped plan along the ancient via Francigena.
Pienza: The city of cacio, cheese, MYA doesn't want to miss this! Adventurers may need cacio to go along with all of the splendid chianti we'll be tasting in the region.
Cost: $1,800 before Feb 1; $2,000 after Feb 1. Adventurers choose to pay $1,000 deposit or pay full adventure cost.
photo by Molly Goren
Cost does not include flight - the airport with closest proximity to Spannocchia is Florence but adventurers can also fly into Rome and take the train (Holly and other adventurers have committed to Rome on Friday and traveling to Sienna on Saturday - joining us is definitely an option!). Pics below by Maura Perry...