Running, Hiking, & Yoga Adventure in Tuscany 2016


Mission: 

  1. Run and hike Tuscan hills.
  2. Bike on the wall of Lucca.
  3. Find out what happens at a local race in Italy.

Highlights

  • Run a local race. Running is optional.
  • Yoga - Daily!
  • See Michelangelo's David in Galleria del Academia
  • Climb the 463 steps of Duomo for a spectacular view of Florence
  • Stay at a remodeled 12th-century estate with 10-mile panoramic views
  • Hiking (or running) in the picturesque Tuscan countryside (1-7 miles per day)
  • Healthy Italian cuisine from local gardens and biodynamic farms
  • Winery tour in the Chianti region
  • Visit the medieval towns of Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano
  • Spend a half-day at the Mediterranean coast
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Bike on the medieval wall around the city of Lucca

How to Get There

1. Fly directly into Florence from any major European airport.

2. Fly into Frankfurt, Munich, or Amsterdam from US or Canada. 


Our Hosts

Borgo Pignano is a private Tuscan estate on 750 acres of secluded and unspoilt fields, hills, woods and gardens near Volterra and San Gimignano, in the province of Pisa, between Florence and Siena.

The principal building of the estate is an 18th century villa with 12th century ramparts and a turret bell-tower with panoramic views. From the tower it’s possible to see all four corners of Tuscany – and, on clear days, the outline of Corsica.

The villa is surrounded by terraces, lawns and gardens and has a salt-water infinity pool, beautifully nestled in a natural limestone quarry immediately outside the house. 

The food at Pignano is locally sourced. Most of it comes from their two organic vegetable gardens and is complemented by products bought from neighboring bio-dynamic farms.

Accommodations are double occupancy. Unless you indicate on the Registration Form that you prefer a single room, we will do our best to match same-gender participants in double rooms. 

Included:

  • Lodging for 1 night in Florence
  • Lodging for 5 nights at Borgo Pignano estate
  • Lodging for 1 night in Lucca
  • Local Transportation
  • Three meals per day *Note: on day outings lunch is at your own expense
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Running bio-mechanics coaching (if needed)
  • Race Entry Fee
  • Bike rental in Lucca
  • Vineyard tour 
  • Tours of Galleria del Academia and Duomo
  • Running Treks T-shirt

Not Included

  • Airfare (Upon request we can include airfare from your home town to Florence at most affordable rates)
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Personal expenses for gifts, snacks, lunches during outings, tea and coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Fees for optional half-day workshops at Borgo Pignano
  • Medical expenses in case of any emergency or injury

Day-to-Day Itinerary (detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants)

  • Please arrive to Florence on Monday - the day before Day 1 - and check into Hotel Palazzo Benci - You will have a reservation in your name

Day 1 - Florence - Tuesday

  • 7am - optional run along the river Arno (1 hour)
  • 9am - meet the group for breakfast at the Hotel. Brief orientation and introductions. 
  • 10am - Walk to Galleria del Academia to see Michelangelo's statue of David
  • 12pm - Climb the steps of Duomo for a panoramic view of Florence
  • 1-3pm - Free time/Lunch
  • 3:30pm - Depart to the Villa
  • 6:30pm - Dinner

Day 2 - Wednesday

  • 7:30am - Easy run - Tuscan hills
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Tour of Pignano, and Free time
  • 1pm - Lunch
  • 2-5pm - San Gimignano (option to hike on ancient trails on the way back)
  • 5:30pm - Yoga class (1 hour)
  • 6:40pm - Sunset meditation
  • 7pm - Dinner

Day 3 - Thursday

  • 7:15am - Optional run (45-60 min)
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10:30am - Depart to Chianti
  • 12pm - Wine Tour and Lunch in Greve in Chianti
  • 2pm - Walk to Montefioralle village for panoramic views
  • 5:30pm - Yoga Class
  • 6:40pm - Sunset meditation
  • 7pm - Dinner

Day 4 - Friday

  • 7:15am - optional run (45-60 minutes)
  • 8:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - Depart to Siena, Lunch in Siena at Piazza del Campo
  • 3pm - Drive back to Pignano 
  • 4pm - Free time
  • 5:30pm - Yoga Class (1 hour)
  • 6:40pm - Sunset meditation
  • 7pm - Dinner

Day 5 - Saturday

  • 7:30am - Yoga class
  • 8:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - Depart to Cecina Mare, on Mediterranean Sea
  • 11:30am-4pm - Beach, Lunch, and optional run in the Pine Wood Forest (Pineta)
  • 7pm - Dinner

Day 6 - Sunday

  • 6:30am - Light breakfast
  • 7:15am - Depart to Race
  • 9am - Race (optional) - 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon options, or cheering
  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 1:30-5pm - Free Time at Pignano
  • 5:30pm - Easy Yoga - recovery
  • 6:30pm - Dinner in Lucca

Day 7 - Monday

  • 7:30am - Yoga class/Hike optional 
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Volterra (option to hike or run back, 7 miles)
  • 1pm - Lunch
  • Free time
  • 5:30pm - Yoga
  • 6:40pm - Meditation
  • 7pm - Dinner

Day 8 - Tuesday

  • 7am - optional run (45-60min)
  • 8:30am - Breakfast, Check out and Farewell to our Hosts
  • 9:30am - Depart to Lucca
  • 11:30am - Leaning Tower of Piza 
  • 1pm - Lunch in Lucca
  • 2:30pm - Bike on the wall of Lucca
  • 4pm - Check into Hotel in Lucca
  • Free time
  • 7pm - Final Dinner with the group/Farewells/Evaluations

Day 9 - Wednesday

  • 7am - Breakfast at Hotel and Depart to Lucca
  • 8:30am - Drop off in Florence or the Airport