Hidden Tuscany Retreat

7 – 14 May 2019

Hidden Tuscany Retreat

7 – 14 May 2019

Your Pilates retreat is held at Casa Berti, a private hill-top estate with expansive views over the Tuscan hills, just north of Lucca in Tuscany. This stunning location consists of villa Casa Berti and farmhouse Casa Rosina, a Pilates studio, gardens, olive groves, vineyards and woodland. There is a large pool with sun lounge space, various seating areas in the gardens and an al fresco dining area. The Lucchese style bedrooms are beautifully appointed with original features and all have privacy and en-suite bathrooms. The Estate is set in sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals. It offers extensive walks, badminton, boules, archery and croquet. A natural spring produces mineral-rich water all year round. This is the perfect place to relax, practise Pilates, boost your wellbeing and explore medieval Lucca and its surroundings.

Double, Twin and Single Rooms

Accommodation

Casa Berti offers four luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned double bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, a twin bedroom sharing master bath/shower room, drawing room with open log-fire, baby grand piano, cloakroom, billiards/dining room and Tuscan kitchen. Casa Rosina provides a further two double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and two single rooms with a shared bathroom, a lounge and kitchen and stunning views.

Accommodation

Casa Berti offers four luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned double bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, a twin bedroom sharing master bath/shower room, drawing room with open log-fire, baby grand piano, cloakroom, billiards/dining room and Tuscan kitchen. Casa Rosina provides a further two double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and two single rooms with a shared bathroom, a lounge and kitchen and stunning views.

Included are the right balance of Pilates combined with good food, cultural experiences and relaxation

What’s included:

  • 7 nights luxury 17th century villa style accommodation
  • Daily Pilates sessions and all Pilates equipment
  • 7 Italian style brunches by the pool
  • 4 two-course dinners with wine at the villa
  • 1 pizza night at the villa with music and dance
  • Guided walks through olive groves with picnic lunch
  • Wine and olive oil tasting with lunch
  • Visit to Lucchese Villa
  • Puccini’s Lucca and Lucca by night
  • Swimming pool
  • 1 complementary massage treatment
  • Transfers to and from local train station. (Transport from / to Pisa airport on the start and finish dates of the retreat can be arranged at extra cost. Please let us know if required)

Not included:

  • Flights, insurance, some lunches, two dinners, entrance fees and optional massage therapy
  • Transport from / to Pisa airport on the start and finish dates of the retreat can be arranged at extra cost. Please let us know if required

More about your Hidden Tuscany and Pilates holiday at Casa Berti.

Mornings Start the day with an energising Pilates class in the studio or by the poolside, followed by brunch under the pergola. Daytime Enjoy the cultural delights in the area, scenic walking trails and the local vineyards and olive groves. Evenings After an unwinding Pilates session, enjoy a 2-course dinner with wine al fresco at Casa Berti. All meals are prepared with fresh produce and ethically treated meat, to nourish you holistically – body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will be out, one in Lucca. This is what is included in the price:

  • A breathtaking and gorgeous walk through the olive groves with a picnic lunch
  • Wine and olive oil tasting at a local vineyard with full tour and lunch
  • A stroll around an illustrious Lucchese Villa and the timeless elegance of its grounds
  • Discover the medieval town of Montecarlo with its ancient fortress perched on a hill and stop for lunch
  • Visit Bagni di Lucca, famous for its hot springs since Etruscan and Roman times, and have lunch
  • Lucca by night: listen to music, sip on fine wine, dress up for dinner and sample Italian food
  • Follow in the steps of the opera composer Puccini, Lucca’s favourite native son. An audio-visual treat
  • Create your own Tuscan pizza in Casa Berti’s outdoor pizza oven and dance the night away
  • Relax by the pool, play a game of boules or pool, indulge in an ayurvedic treatment

Suitability

If you like Tuscany, or always wanted to visit, love good food, culture and country walks, this retreat is for you. Men and women, solo travellers, couples and friends are welcome, as are all levels of Pilates.

Itinerary

Everyone arrives in the afternoon on arrival day, after pick up from the local train station. Settle in and get ready for the welcome meeting and evening meal with the group.  Pilates starts the next morning and continues throughout the week. The last Pilates class will be in the evening on the last night, before the group final dinner. Check out is on the last morning, followed by transfer to the local train station.

Daily schedule

  • 8.30 am – 9.30 am: Invigorating Morning Pilates
  • 10.00am: Brunch Italian style with fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals
  • 11.30am – 5.30pm: Activities followed by poolside relaxation, a wellbeing treatment
  • 6.15pm – 7pm: Evening Pilates – gentle session to unwind and stretch
  • 8pm: Time to Dine

Team

Ariadne

Ariadne

Pilates Teacher

Ariadne has always been impressed with the effectiveness of Pilates and as an instructor wants to help others improve their core strength, flexibility, breathing and posture. Her passion for movement and wellbeing are shared and reflected in the sessions and apart from a good workout, her Pilates classes are fun and relaxing too.

“I love your classes!” Janet

“Yesterday’s Pilates class has done wonders for my creaking back.” Alison

Ben and Debra

Ben and Debra

Hosts

Ben Gooder and Debra are owners of Casa Berti and your hosts for the week. They will be offering delicious, freshly prepared meals and local wines at the villa and an authentic Tuscan pizza night. Ben is proud to have restored Casa Berti and made it a Centre for excellence and self fulfillment. He takes great pleasure in sharing his love of this place with visitors from all over the world.

“The beauty, tranquility and overall marvellousness of Casa Berti cannot be exaggerated.” Anton

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