Fireflies and Figs, Abruzzo Italy 2016
Saturday 18th – Thursday 23rd June
An amazing opportunity to indulge in a hillside retreat in the heart of Abruzzo. Located close to the Majella mountains not far from the sea and boasted as Italy’s greenest region.
Within this lesser discovered region, nestled on a hillside, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape is the enchanting home of Fireflies and Figs which will host our five day retreat.
Beautiful lakes, walking paths and bike trails all add to the allure of this precious jewel and I am delighted to be offering a retreat here.
The retreat will begin with an evening practice on Saturday and end after morning practice on Thursday allowing guests the opportunity to depart and maybe explore the delights of Rome or other destinations before returning home.
The practice will offer a perfect balance of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and is open to all levels. We will share a silent walk and depending on the group, a yoga dance session.
£250 for non yoga partners sharing
This will include accommodation in the Farmhouse or yurts (first come basis), all tuition and 3 meals daily.
A deposit (non refundable) of £250 is required to book your place and the balance is due four weeks before the start of the retreat.
Fireflies & figs is situated in the central region of Italy called Abruzzo. The nearest airport is Pescara which is 45 minutes by car. Ancona airport is a 2 and a half hour drive. Rome is also less than 3 hours away.
Flights to Pescara are the best option for convenience, but they do fly from Stanstead and are with Ryanair.
From Pescara- Transfer by owners to retreat will be 50 mins and cost £50pp return
From Rome, pick up coach from Rome Airport to Chieti station (3 hours) Transfer to retreat (45mins) £58 pp return incl coach ticket.
Please make sure that you have your own travel insurance.
Where there are mountains there are lakes and two of these can be found very near to Fireflies and Figs. Casoli lake and Bomba lake are great places to take a walk and have a picnic. Kayaking and sailing in the summer months are popular and if you like a thrill you can try rafting and river jumping. Cycling is a popular sport in Italy with the Giro d’Italia passing us just 5 kilometres away as we have many a winding hill. There is an abundance of walking paths and bike trails in the mountains and by the sea. Other activities include horse riding, rock climbing, cookery courses, truffle hunting and fishing.
Wine making traditions in Abruzzo date back to the sixth century BC thanks to the Etruscans who played a major role in introducing viniculture to the area. In the last 40 years there has been a substantial increase in wine making especially in the Chieti Provence.
Abruzzo is Italy’s fifth-leading wine region after Sicily, Puglia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. Montepulciano d’abruzzo is the red grape variety known for its richness and robustness. Pecorino is another red grape, but it is made into a white wine by ensuring the skins do not have much contact with the must. This is medium bodied with notes of pear. Trebbiano is a white variety, crisp, citrussy with floral notes. It is well known as a blended variety but you can find a single variety here in Abruzzo.
If you are keen on your wine, then let us know as Fern (the owner) would be happy to do a tasting with you.