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From the shimmering Mediterranean Sea to the rolling hills and ancient villages, you will absorb the essence of Tuscany and allow your senses to run wild. From the honey-soaked light of the morning glowing over the olive trees, to the golden rays shining through the vineyards in the evening, you will discover the blissful rhythm of Tuscany. Come join Women's Quest in the “La Dolce Vita” sweet life!
You will be staying in two unique and beautiful locations for the tour. The first is located just outside of the small, rural hilltop town of Castagneto Carducci, named after the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Carducci. The hotel is situated below the town, about five kilometers inland from the Mediterranean and 75 kilometers south of Pisa. The region was settled by the Etruscans and is known as the Upper Maremma.
The home-base in this region is the lovely Campastrello Sport Hotel. Set in a beautiful Mediterranean garden, the hotel is modern but built in traditional Tuscan style. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, featuring modern conveniences as well as charming views.
The beautifully landscaped grounds feature fruit orchards and olive groves, a state-of-the-art Olympic swimming pool, and great views of the village and sunsets.
The home for the second portion of your adventure will be the historic Fattoria del Colle, an authentic working wine and olive-oil estate with beautifully renovated farmhouses and main villa for your lodging. The estate also includes a small chapel, and two swimming pools with expansive views over the magnificent countryside that reflects the quintessential dream of Tuscany.
Combining the beauty of ancient stone architecture with modern comforts, you will retreat to a timeless world at Colle, in harmony with the peaceful and exquisite countryside surrounding you.
The estate is located just outside the charming village of Trequanda, where there is a particularly good cappuccino bar as well as important 14th century paintings in the town church.
Most mornings, you will begin with yoga to awaken your senses and limber your bodies before enjoying a buffet breakfast with foamy cappuccinos. Then, you will pedal the Tuscan roads, famous for their cypress trees, lack of traffic, and friendly drivers.
Your afternoons will be spent exploring villages, doing art projects or creative journaling, swimming in the calm sea, and rekindling the spark for life. Poetry and creative processes for clarifying your heart's desire are sprinkled into the mix of all your adventures, bringing mindfulness to your Italian adventure.
Throughout the retreat, you will have personal and individualized professional instruction and guidance during all activities. The staff consists of world-class athletes and coaches, who will offer you heartfelt support and instruction. There will be small riding groups to ensure everyone rides with others at a similar ability level.
You will split your time between two spectacular regions of Tuscany: the authentic, unspoiled countryside of the Etruscan coast on the Mediterranean Sea, and Val d’Orcia, known as the heart of Tuscany, with gentle, carefully-cultivated hills peppered with picturesque towns and villages.
Some of the towns you will be visiting and riding through are: the Etruscan city of Montalcino, Pienza (the jewel of the Renaissance), Monastero di Sant'Anna (where "The English Patient" was filmed), Castagneto Carducci, Sassetta, Suvereto, Montescudaio, Bolgheri, Monteverdi, and Populonia.
You will have a full day to savor the charms of mystical Siena, considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy. An expert local guide will lead you into the heart of Siena’s history and art.
On your daily rides, you will visit Montalcino, the elegant wine town, jewel-like Pienza, considered the most perfect Renaissance town in Italy, Sant'Anna, the graceful monastery where the English Patient was filmed, and, if time permits, the magnificent frescoes in the grand Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, where it is still possible to hear the monks celebrate mass in Gregorian chant.
You will come back to Campastrello Sport for your last two nights of the tour. Women's Quest are planning on an extension to the island of Elba as well.
Riding options are provided for beginners to accomplished riders. And, all rides are fully supported with a bike mechanic and a sag wagon (full of fruit, water, cookies and, of course, chocolate).
To compliment your cycling, there will be hiking and running adventures on trails lined with olive trees, and on roads leading to wonderful places. For instance, at Fattoria de Colle you can run or hike to a cheese maker’s house!
All ability levels are welcome and each bike ride is guided. The high staff-to-participant ratio means you’ll have someone to encourage you, as well as teach you cycling tips, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran. This is the trip you always promised yourself you’d take.
During the holiday, you will cycle through beautiful locations in Tuscany.
The retreat will be held in Tuscany, Italy.
During the retreat, you will be served with daily breakfast, four lunches, and six dinners. In Tuscany, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the delicacies since in Italy it’s either time to eat or almost time to eat.
The breakfasts are buffet style with local meats, cheeses, egg dishes and handmade crostada or torts along with muesli, cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit. And of course, accompanying breakfast are cappuccini and coffees to your liking.
You will be provided with incredible lunches both at a family run winery and at an artist’s estate. Both are wonderful and uniquely Tuscan experiences and both will be warmly etched in your memory for years.
You will also enjoy a Tuscan picnic at Baratti Bay one day crafted from local fare. You will enjoy lunch on your own a few days in Siena, Pienza, and Montalcino to allow you to better explore these medieval towns.
Dinners are a real treat. At Campastrello, you will enjoy an antipasto buffet, delicious pasta dishes, and classic Tuscan entrees. While at Colle, you will enjoy the best of the Val d’Orcia both at the Fattoria del Colle restaurant and at a hyper local, slowfood restaurant in Trequanda which is a real treat.
If you have any dining preferences or allergies Women's Quest can likely accommodate your needs. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Please inform Women's Quest in advance to accommodate any allergies.
You can enjoy swimming during your free time. The part of the Mediterranean Sea near the home village is referred to as the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is warm, clear, and generally tranquil, providing excellent salt-water swimming. Bring your goggles, sunscreen, swimsuit, and love of the sea! Also, both of the hotels at which you will be staying have wonderful beautiful lap pools.
Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA).