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Escape to Italy. Special departures and carefully crafted packages.

Especially created and curated, leave the organization to us for a relaxing and rewarding escapade in Italy.

Signature Italy’s Escapes range from a few nights to an entire week (or more) in various locations around Italy.

The Escape itineraries are perfect for the curious traveller who wants to partake in an active adventure in Italy, with options including hiking in the Dolomites, cooking in Lucca, yoga in the Tuscan countryside, exploring the religious sites of Saints in Umbria, boating around the Island of Capri, and many more memorable and authentic Italy experiences.

You can choose to take part in a special small-group departure that has already been established or else we can custom design an Escape exclusively for you and your family and friends.

Our Escape range will evolve over time to ensure you are able to choose from an ever-evolving selection of getaways.

Request updates via email each time a new Escape is made available, enquire about taking part in a listed Escape or start dreaming of your very own Italy adventure!

Yoga? Tuscany? Spring 2018? SI!

We are excited to be collaborating with Malaika Dos Remedios to offer a special Yoga Retreat this April 2018.

“Under the Tuscan Sun”a Yoga Retreat with Malaika
April 23-28 2018

Immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful regions in the world on a relaxing yoga retreat in Tuscany, Italy. Just outside the Renaissance jewel of Florence lies a 350-year old family-run estate retreat and former monastery, nestled in gentle rolling hills, surrounded by vineyards, olive orchards and gardens. The property also features a swimming pond and a sunlit room with oak floors perfect for yoga and meditation.

Beyond yoga, days are filled with wonderful activities and discoveries, from a hands-on cooking lesson to unlock the secrets of Tuscan cooking to excursions to nearby towns of great artistic and historical importance like San Gimignano, Cortona, and Greve in Chianti, where you can sample world-renowned wines, linger over a cappuccino at an outdoor café, visit with local artisans, shop, or just soak in the Tuscan sun.

Evenings begin with a delicious four-course meal served on the terrace and featuring hand made pastas, fish, meat, or vegetarian options, topped off with a homemade dessert (and maybe paired with a glass of the farm’s own organic wine). Many of the ingredients are grown right on the property!

DAY 1 – April 23rd

  • AM meeting in Florence and transfer (group transfer from Florence to Locanda Casanuova – approximately 45 minutes, additional tranfers on request and at a supplemental cost);
  • Arrival to Locanda Casanuova;
  • Welcome drink and tour of property followed by lunch
    Room check-in;
  • Pre-dinner Yoga;
  • Dinner.

Day 2 – April 24th

  • Morning Yoga (pre- yoga tea, coffee, fruit available);
  • 9:30 am – Breakfast / Leisure time;
  • 12-5 pm – Half day excursion to Cortona with private driver and mini bus. After an hour transfer you will reach the charming village of Cortona (of Under the Tuscan Sun fame) just in time for lunch on your own at one of the many cafes or trattorias. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and explore the boutiques, or perhaps visit the Etruscan museum that harks back to the origins of this historic village. Enjoy views of the Val di Chianiplain which stretches to the shores of the Lake Trasimeno;
  • Evening Restorative Yoga;
  • Dinner.

DAY 3 – April 25th

  • Morning Yoga (pre-yoga tea, coffee, fruit available);
  • 9:15 am – Breakfast;
  • 10:30 am – Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson led by the Locanda’s chef and using organic products grown right on the property, lunch on the fruits of your labor;
  • Afternoon at leisure;
  • Early evening yoga;
  • Dinner.

DAY 4 – April 26th

  • Morning Yoga (pre-yoga tea, coffee, fruit available);
  • 9:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:30 am – Excursion to San Gimignanowith private driver and minibus.
    San Gimignano is famous in the 13th Century for pilgrims on the Via Francigena route, which went from Northern Europe to Rome. the city is famous today for its majestic medieval tours. Step back into time and explore the town on your own. Climb up tot he top of the largest tower, Torre Grossa; visit the civic museum, walk to the Medici Fortress with picturesque views or just explore the quaint shops and galleries. Lunch on your own with suggestions, (but be sure to save space for Sergio Dondoli’s world famous gelato!!!) In the afternoon arrive back to Locanda Casanuovo by 5:00pm;
  • Evening Yoga and Meditation;
  • Dinner.

DAY 5 – April 27th

  • Morning Yoga (pre-yoga tea, coffee, fruit available);
  • 9:30 am – Breakfast;
  • 12:00 am – Half day excursion to the Chianti Classico region between Siena and Florence. Chianti offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tuscany and maybe in Italy. The area is categorized by vineyards, olive groves, fortresses, parish churches, and castles dominated by lush surroundings.Enjoy a light lunch and wine tasting in a locan wineray and then stop in the small village of Greve in Chianti for a quaint stroll. We will return to Locanda Casanuovo by 5:30pm;
  • Evening Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation;
  • Dinner.

DAY 6 – April 28th

  • Morning Yoga (pre-yoga tea, coffee, fruit provided);
  • Breakfast;
  • Departure to Florence (one small-group transfer to Florence’s Peretola Airport) arrival to airport by 10:30 am.

PRICE
From $1,995* per person

(pricing is based upon double occupancy with a minimum of 12 Yogis)

DEPOSIT: NON-REFUNDABLE $500 per person + $20 booking fee

INCLUSIONS:

  • Twice Daily Yoga and Meditation practices;
    (Daily morning Yoga class and Evening Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama & Meditation);
  • 5 nights of accommodations on double/twin occupancy with private bathroom;
  • 5 breakfasts;
  • 2 lunches featuring farm products;
  • 5 dinners (alcohol not included);
  • Tea, coffee and fruit before morning yoga practice;
  • 1 Hands-on cooking class;
  • Half day exploration of Cortona;
  • Half day exploration of Greve in Chianti (inclusive of light lunch, winery visit and tasting);
  • Full Day exploration of San Gimignano;
  • 1 Scheduled Group Transfer from Florence on arrival day;
  • 1 Scheduled Group Transfer to Florence on departure day;
  • Local taxes

( * ) a limited number of private/single rooms are available at an extra charge and on request.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Lunches (apart from day 1 and day 3);
  • Beverages (including alcohol) except for what is outlined under inclusions;
  • Entry fees;
  • Gratuities;
  • Miscellaneous expenses;
  • International airfare.

A Florence Escape – 2018

3 Night / 4 day package

Price EURO 880

Euro 440 per person (based on double occupancy)

Explore Florence like a local and enjoy a private historical tour

Stay in a newly renovated studio apartment located very close to the historic center *. Located on the ground floor, the apartment has a private entrance with garden and outdoor lounge area, comfortable double bed and sofa, kitchen with everything you could need, large bathroom with shower, walk-in closet, washing machine, TV, Wi-fi, A/C, piped music in all rooms. You’ll feel so much at home you may never want to leave.

Escape includes

  • Round trip private driver pick up/drop off at Florence train station or Florence airport;
  • 3 night stay in a loft style apartment accommodation with double bed;
  • Welcome basket;
  • Private 3 hour walking tour of historical center of Florence on day 2 **;
  • Signature Assistance – for local restaurants, transportation (bus tickets), excursion ideas.

( * ) Accommodation to be confirmed at time of booking, alternate solutions will be suggested if necessary.
( ** ) Any museum entries to be considered extra and reservations will need be made ahead of time, and of course we will help.