Tastes & Treats of Tuscany Retreat

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July 3rd - 10th 2024

More joy more often. On this founder’s retreat we have packed together all our favourite things to do around the magnificent regions of Tuscany and Umbria.



Picturesque walks, daily yoga, exploring the local villages for authentic Italian cultural experiences, shopping, great coffee and mouthwatering meals, local wineries, natural hot springs. And of course, only the best gelato. This founding trio have extensively explored the region to uncover all the hidden local gems for you to enjoy.

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Everything included on Retreat:

  • A Beautiful Italian country estate to call your home for the week.
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily breakfast and all meals & wine while at the house.
  • All the gastronomic delights you'd expect in Italy;
    pasta, gelato, wine, regional specialties and more...
  • Local producers, wineries, restaurants.
  • Cooking class and language lessons.
  • Winery visit to watch the sun set.
  • Relaxation time.
  • Holistic Massage
  • A zealously observed cocktail hour each day.
  • Trip to the Natural Hot Springs.
  • A Swimming pool with incredible views.
  • Visits to off the beaten track local villages, all stunning and in close proximity.



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Your time at Casa Siliano Alto

Do you want to feel like a local? Eat, drink and laugh with the locals, we take you off the tourist path and share our favourite finds with you. Your home on the border of Tuscany and Umbria is that amazing place where magic happens. Perched on a hill in a nature reserve, we will watch the sun set while tasting the very best of what our local producers provide. Surrounded by ancient cities and enveloped in Italian culture. The perfect location to be both nestled in a relaxing nature and close to smaller, authentic “less touristy” cities.

Let us know what you want to do

We balance each day to give you choice, time, relaxation and excitement.

Can you go hard all day with Carla, she never wants to stop and listens carefully to any desires. Prone to late night shenanigans, our local cemetery looks amazing after dark, post dinner drive by's always an option.

Natalie will hold the space of balance, gently energising you with morning yoga whilst also being our aperitivo master, from the best G&T to the right sparkling for the local Spritz.

Did we mention massage? How would you like to start or end your day? Sophie, brings with her, many years and styles of therapeutic massage. Just when you think this week cannot get any more luxurious, how about a massage inches from your bed?




Days of pure relaxation.

Between exploring our local towns and suppliers, we will give you days at the house. Choose to have a massage, lay by the pool or spend time in our kitchen with our favourite local chef. Learn the art of slow cooking and with any luck, get to see Ricardo in his frilly apron. The house becomes your home, with time to soak up the farmhouse, estate and all the green the heart of Italy can provide.



A typical day on Retreat

8am - 9am:
Yoga morning flow class - Walk the estate - Sleep in, the choice is yours.

Buffet breakfast in the shade of the west wing terrace, or sitting brightly in the sunshine, as you wish.


This morning we head to town, having learnt the ways of the Italians, this is when we explore and shop. We will take in our favourite coffee spot, wander the streets and explore the local shops, then we meet Luca, our Schiacciata Maestro for lunch. 

Return to the house for Siesta, Massage or a swim. All of Italy closes until 4pm so we use this time wisely.

Aperitivo, we will master the local mixes before heading to our West terrace to dine and watch the sunset.
Or are we in town tasting the local Pici or Pizza. Your choice....

Tuck yourself into bed and listen to the sounds of the countryside, the owls, the deer, the boar and if you are really lucky, the wolves.

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Investment for your Tastes of Italy Retreat

We have a few options to tailor to all of your needs. Whether you need your own space, want to come along with a few friends or share with a partner, we have you covered.
This retreat is ideal for 5 - 8 guests only. Everything included on retreat is reflected in your choice of investment below.

Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £2760.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £2070 (pp) based on two people sharing a King bed or Twin beds.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Triple Occupancy =£1725 (pp) based on three people sharing with a single bed each. (Must be a group of three)
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £2415
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £1840 (pp) based on two people sharing a Queen bed or Twin beds.

Payment plans are available request.

Travel Details

We are set in the beautiful countryside on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
Our nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano Terme.
Our nearest local airport is Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia)
Our nearest major airports are Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA - Pisa)

If you are flying in to Perugia, a taxi is your best method of transport to come to us and is around 90euros from the taxi rank.
If a few of you are flying in that way, the cost will of course be less. We can help organise a larger pick up if necessary for you to split cost.
Train transfer from all other airports is quite easy, and we can help you with tickets and directions. We will always be happy to pick you up from Chiusi train station.



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The incredible reality of the ever changing hot springs. ...

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A few miles from our hilltop home, we have what the locals call “The Millennials” Olive trees dating back 2000 years.

We often take a wee detour on our way out to our morning coffee and enjoy a walk among these 4 majestic trees.

It’s impossible not to take a moment and wonder about the history these trees have been witness to.

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La dolce vita!
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Carla’s latest blog is in the bio. Why she fasts, what it does and then how she loves to indulge. That to her is balance. That is joy. That is la Dulce vita 🍦


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Hear about the last day’s adventure on the writers retreat.
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The joys of being on the Creative Writing Retreat. Learning, writing, eating, exploring, playing, giggling, writing some more, forging fun connections with like minded people in the joyous lands of Umbria and Tuscany. Join us in May!! @aga_lesiewicz
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