Tuscan Fitness

About us

Tuscan Fitness is located just outside a town called Cavriglia, located in the Upper Valdarno in the province of Arezzo and is often considered the center of the triangle that joins the cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena, making it ideal for visiting the area. Nestled between the left bank of the river Arno and the hills of Chianti, it is also called the “Porta del Chianti”, or the door of Chianti, as it sits on the doorstep of this beautiful region, famous worldwide for its delicious wines.

The area around where the retreat is located is typically Tuscan, complete with rolling green hills, olive groves and vineyards. This part of Tuscany has a great deal to see and we do our utmost to work with local producers and businesses to show the best of the region.

The hotel is also conveniently located for those interested in making day trips to the famous towns and cities in the area, including Florence (45 minute drive), Arezzo (30 minutes), Siena (30 minutes) and Orvieto (45 minutes).

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  • Anna Bürgin   November 08, 2018

      Herrliches Yoga-Retreat

    Im September 2018 war ich zum 3. Mal bei Tuscan Fitness. Das alleine spricht an und für sich ja bereits ohne Worte für sich. Dennoch möchte ich euch sagen, weshalb ich mir wohl auch künftig immer mal wieder einen Abstecher an diesen enspannt-sportlichen Ort gönnen werde, der für meinen Gusto schlicht perfekt ist. Alles fängt an mit dem super-sympathischen Team, das einen vom Anfang bis zum Schluss so herzlich und mit Engagement begleitet, dass man am liebsten für immer bleiben will ;-). Alix zum Beispiel ist eine begnadete Yogalehrerin, die auch immer mal wieder für ihre Gäste eine Süssigkeit aus dem Backofen zaubert. Mit David wandert man über Stock und Stein, und auch wenn er nicht in Italien aufgewachsen ist, weiss er doch alles über die Region, sowie ihre Fauna und Flora. Paolo ist immer für ein Spässchen aufgelegt und kann sogar während seinen HIIT-Klassen noch sprechen, während unsereins vor Schweiss tropft und nach einer Stunde intensivem Training wieder weiss, wo jeder Muskel im Körper sitzt. Aber auch die Location ist grandios: Die wunderschönen, rennovierten Steinhäuschen des "Hotels" streuen sich über einen Hügel, von dem aus man die halbe Toscana bewundern kann. Der grosse Garten ist mit Olivenbäumen, Kräutern und Blumen übersät, es duftet nach Rosmarin und die Zikaden zirrpen einen allabendlich in den Schlaf. Letztenlich gefällt mir einfach das ganze Konzept: Denn auch wenn das Essen das angeboten wird, gesund ist und sich vieles um Sport dreht bei Tuscan Fitness, darf man am Abend ohne schlechtes Gewissen ein Gläschen Wein trinken oder sich am Pool einen Prosecco zum Apéro gönnen. Noch mehr: Für Weinliebhaber werden gar regelmässige Weindegustationen bei Weinbauern der Umgebung angeboten. Darum kurz und bündig: Tuscan Fitness, I'll be back ;-). Anna aus der Schweiz Das Tagesprogramm ist so gestaltet, dass es einem nie langweilig wird, man aber doch immer mal wie Zeit für eine kleine Entspannung am Pool hat. Ich persönlich finde es ideal, für den Trip ein Auto zu mieten. So kann man auch auf eigene Faust die traumhafte Umgebung erkunden. Wer jedoch

  • Stephanie Gonzalez   October 24, 2018

      Beautiful and rejuvenating!

    The environment (surroundings, restaurant, rooms!) is phenomenal, the team is welcoming and encouraging, and the food was delicious! Time at Tuscan Fitness is refreshing, engaging, restful - it can be whatever you want it to be! Highly recommend.

  • Lu Andreucetti   October 19, 2018

      Beautiful location, great food, memorable yoga and fitness

    This is a lovely location in the mountains, with lovely rooms, great food and wine, and a very caring and friendly staff. The yoga teachers were skilled and the sessions were more than I expected. I learnt about different types of yoga, and experienced the beauty of watching and learning from artists in their skill. The additional sessions of HiiT and Barre tested my fitness, and the hike gave me a chance to get to know my fellow guests, and I feel I made real connections. I cannot wait to go back in March.

  • Danielle Palumbo   October 14, 2018

      Perfect October Escape

    My sister and I spent 4 days, 3 nights at Tuscan Fitness this October (we purchased the pamper package). We left the retreat feeling fulfilled, relaxed and accomplished. The Tuscan Fitness team was so welcoming, friendly and accommodating throughout the entirety of our stay. From the beautiful location in Tuscany to the activities (especially morning yoga on the yoga deck!) and the delicious healthy food, it was all around 5 star! We are already planning our trip back next year!

  • John Roche   October 11, 2018

      A fabulous experience

    I initially booked for 4 days and ended up adding another day because it was so fabulous. The way the staff bring you all together, especially at meal times, meant everyone quickly got to know each other, shared common experiences and we all felt well supported. The yoga sessions, twice a day, were excellent. We had two yoga teachers, with different styles, and that proved great as you learn more and get added perspectives. The location is stunning. Imagine doing yoga outdoors as you watch the sun rising or setting over a Tuscan valley. All staff members were very friendly and helpful and the rooms were great. We all eat in the restaurant and I took the opportunity to "go vegetarian" and the meals were fresh and varied and substantial, but Tuscan cooking is never fussy nor complex, just good fresh food with a great local wine. This was more than just a short holiday, it was a complete and deeply rewarding experience and I made some great friends. Highly recommended, especially if you are travelling alone and into yoga.

  • Alina   October 10, 2018

      3 nights in the beginning of October‘18

    It was was absolute delight. Memorable views, best ones in the Valley. Outstanding facilities and home hearted host Patrizio at the restaurant. Finally a place with healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Versatile activities offer and highly qualified trainers July and Paolo, who cared a lot about their guests. David arranged great hikes and wine/olive oil tasting trips. Patricia at reception was very helpful in arranging transport to the mall and her driver Ricardo was absolutely amazing in terms of timing, convenience and fun ;). 1000% recommendation! Try it if you haven’t yet!!!

  • Kate Motley   October 09, 2018

      The most fun and pleasurable week in Tuscany.

    I do not usually post reviews. I am not very good in written form but I couldn't not review Tuscan Fitness. My friend and I went for a week at the end of september and we had the most wonderful holiday. The people here a so lovely. So warm and welcoming and fun to be around. The outdoor yoga platform was a beautiful location. We had the pleasure of being taught by Julie from Denmark who was standing in for Alix while we were there. She is a Anukalana yoga teacher. A form of yoga that I hadn't heard of and is relatively new. It renewed my enthusiasm for yoga and was taught beautifully. I would recommend anyone to try it if they get the opportunity. Paulo taught yoga too and the HIIT classes. He was a delight be be around and was great fun. We also had the pleasure of guided walks through the most beautiful Tuscan countryside with David. Good fun and so much knowledge of the area and the plants. Breakfast was probably the best part of the day. The view from the restaurant was like a painting. So perfectly stunning it was almost unreal and the chef was so attentive and friendly. I have never felt so relaxed and restored following the week I spent with Tuscan fitness. Although I don't often like to go to the same place twice, I do wonder if I might make an exception here.

  • Rebecca Marshall   October 01, 2018

      Incredible relaxing few days

    I honestly cannot say enough good things about Tuscan Fitness, I loved every minute of my holiday and would highly recommend it to others!

  • Rosalind Warren   September 30, 2018

      Perfect way to recharge the batteries in beautiful surroundings with friendly people

    This was our second visit to Tuscan Fitness - so that is probably recommendation enough! They offer a great opportunity to recharge the batteries (mentally and physically). Their programme is very flexible - you can stay for as many days as you like. There were 2 yoga teachers when we stayed, each with their own approach which was a great balance and by seeing the contrast it helped me to appreciate the movements of both approaches much better. It is not "hard core". They need to cater for some people who are almost complete beginners and others who have done a lot of yoga, but they manage this well. The daily HIIT classes were fun and got the heart rate up and the 2 pools are very nice. There were couples staying when we were there and quite a few single women who were either travelling through Europe or had just dropped in for a recharge. The food is good, with 2 or 3 choices. Everyone eats together at one table but you can be as sociable or not as you choose! The property is in a lovely location, the rooms are comfortable but rustic, so don't expect 5* spa luxury. However, everything is provided and the people who run Tuscan Fitness are friendly, helpful and go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay.

  • Julia Jeckell   September 27, 2018

      Fabulous!

    I had a fabulous few days at Tuscan Fitness. When I arrived was given a beautiful apartment which was overlooking the Tuscan hills! The Fitness schedule is perfect, you can do as much as you feel. All the staff were amazing, I loved the yoga and HIT and the hikes with Dave. I met some lovely people and it’s really social to share the table with other guests at mealtimes - the food was plentiful and veggie / healthy options / half portions were always an option (so much choice) I will be returning... Thanks so much!

  • Sarah Peacey   September 25, 2018

      Highly recommended

    This was a great experience. I like the set-up and the structure of the retreat, with a regular programme of yoga, HIIT workouts and hikes, which you can go to or not as you choose, and other activities like wine-tasting as well! It's organised but flexible, so that you can really do what you like. The setting is very beautiful, on a hill overlooking a Tuscan valley, and it was lovely to do yoga in the morning in such a scenic spot. Everyone working there is friendly and helpful, and the yoga/HIIT teachers gave us some great classes, which could be tailored to requests (e.g. more gentle/more intense etc). I liked the incorporation of the mental aspects of yoga as well in the classes. The food is extremely tasty. My friend and I had a very nice, relaxing few days here!

  • Sophie Depauw   September 19, 2018

      Perfect place to recharge and be yourself

    After driving myself and getting terribly lost, I was rescued by the receptionist that helped me find my way to the retreat. She was exceptionally genuine and caring - and I found the same applied to everyone that works there. There was no pressure to do any or all of the activities provided and my stay was driven by what I wanted to get out of it. The yoga is set in a beautiful location and everyone was there to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The food was absolutely superb - healthy and nourishing. The accommodation was clean and had everything you need - which is hard considering it's an old building. Thank you so very much for making my brief stay so calming and memorable (for the right reasons).

  • Kathrin Koffel   September 11, 2018

      Yoga at Tuscan Fitness in September

    Dear Tuscan Fitness Team We came the second time to your beautiful place and enjoyed it very much. It is a unique spot and the surrounding and area is amazing. Unfotunately this time the weather wasn't great which didn't allow us to hang out at the pool. Nevertheless, we were able to explore a bit Montevarchi and other towns which we didn't last time. The Yoga is just great. We love Alix's Yoga style, unfortunately this time she wasn't able to teach for obvious reasons. Her deputy (Deb) from the US did also a great Job and was a very good replacement. We love the Yoga deck (even during heavy thunder storm). The rooms are always nice and clean with beautiful little spots to hang out and enjoy the beautiful view to the valley. The people attendig (women only :-) are always interesting to meet and chat and immediatley one feels comfortable and involved. It's a nice set-up, especially for people travelling on their own. We would have liked to see different menues on the plate than last time and found the food a bit repeating... we would also have liked it a bit more spicey and sometimes less dry... for me there is a bit room for improvement in chosing the menues and the cooking - especially in Italy where the food is always great. It would be nice to have a bit more variety in the Fitness area (not only HIT). But we definetly love Tuscan Fitness, will recommend further to our friends and might come back next year. Best wishes to you all and regards, Kathrin Koffel

  • Aarthi Vijayakumar   August 28, 2018

      Excellent

    I had a fabulous vacation with a little bit of everything- yoga, hiking, good food and wine!:) The Yoga classes were lovely- Meg the visiting teacher even did a Yoga Nithra class which was outdoor and with candles which was amazing. I had the best sleep ever! Alix, David and team were lovely. They went out of their way to communicate from the time I booked my stay and during to make sure I had a good vacation. Thank you! The food was pretty exceptional too.

  • Stine Helen   August 15, 2018

      Really great retreat in amazing location!

    Really loved this retreat! The location and views was amazing, and the yoga and other other activities really made it a perfect combo of healthy and relaxing! Hikes were really great to get to take in the amazing views and great for learning a bit about the region, and the wine-tasting at a local vineyard was lovely. Food is really amazing, but very healthy, and they are really good with vegetarian/vegan options. All the staff (administrative, instructors, restaurant +++) were really lovely! The instructors might vary, but the ones that were there during my stay gave us a good yoga workout - just what you need before lots of great italian food. You can choose the lenght of your stay (perfect for me, I stayed 5 days), and if you want to participate in all the classes or just relax by the pool or in a hammock (I participated i all except one). This is not an exclusive retreat-place, there are other guests staying in the same hotel, but I really felt that was nice. I travelled on my one, and everyone that was there the same time as me also did - all lovely people. Definately recomended!

  • Rie Iwama   August 13, 2018

      Great people, great location, great time

    I was looking for somewhere beautiful to stay relaxed and refreshed with good food and good sleep while doing yoga or doing nothing - Tuscan Fitness was beyond my expectations. Great location, healthy, delicious food and wonderful people there - I do appreciate it all and would love to go back again!

  • Kirsty Good   August 07, 2018

      Best fitness holiday yet....

    I have been on several fitness/bootcamp holidays but Tuscan Fitness has been the best one so far. Firstly, the location is absolutely stunning and the accommodation is superb. Secondly, the activities during the retreat are varied, fun but still challenging. Most days start with yoga on the deck overlooking the Tuscan countryside (beautiful). You can then do a HIT-style class mid-morning followed by a hike mid-afternoon and/or another yoga session. The programme builds in plenty of time for sunbathing and social activities such as, wine tasting - all of which are included in the price. Mealtimes are brilliant too because you have a range of dishes to pick from, it's delicious food and the wine is (obviously) really good. However, the best thing about this retreat is the people who run it - Alix, David, Paolo, Kylie - you will find it hard to meet a more relaxed, inclusive and thoughtful group of leaders. One of them is always nearby making sure you're having the best possible holiday. They are a special team and they create a very special holiday for you. I only stayed for 3 nights but I wish I'd picked the 6 night option. It was a fantastic experience.

  • Jessica Berrisford   August 03, 2018

      Perfect balance of fitness, relaxing & fun

    I wanted a healthy holiday that I could enjoy on my own but wasn't 100% yoga focused or living off vegan juices. I had the best time, I enjoyed all the activities, the food was amazing and could order wine of you fancied. The Tuscan fitness crew were all so lovely and they, as well as the hotel and restaurant staff couldn't do enough to ensure everyone had a good time. Thank you

  • Leah Anderson   June 17, 2018

      Returning Yogiis

    My friends and I returned this May 2018 after first visiting Tuscan Fitness in 2016. We had a great time, with a good balance of yoga, healthyfood, walking and fresh air. Although we love the health focus, we returned as this is a relaxed place that doesnt frown if you to enjoy like all the food and drink aspects of Italy too. Lovely stay, the ladies from London will be back! All instructors are great and I found Cali's style of yoga perfect for me. and thank youto Paolo for encouraging me through HIIT! See you in 2019 x

  • Ruth Corrigan   April 24, 2018

      You're in for a magical stay at Tuscan Fitness!

    I stayed at Tuscan fitness a few weeks ago at the start of April, and had an unforgettable few days, being made to feel incredibly welcome from the get-go by Alix, David and Paolo. What I particularly loved was that it wasn't what some may view as a 'typically intense yoga retreat'. There was a full schedule of classes to occupy you throughout the day (and I loved that this was a blend of Yoga, HIIT, Barre and hiking in the Tuscan hills), but equally there was no pressure to attend if you would rather spend the hour reading on one of their viewpoint benches, or taking a dip in the swimming pool, which has probably one of the best views to swim in that I've ever seen (I was so sad that i didn't get to experience it myself because the volatile weather meant it wasn't open yet). The day was broken up by a sociable breakfast, lunch and dinner in their on-site restaurant which was always so enjoyable to meet and chat with the other retreaters - all from a wide array of nationalities and with their own unique stories of what brought them to Tuscan Fitness. Also, the food was aplenty! A buffet of fruit, yoghurt, granola, toast, eggs for Breakfast; and a generous starter and main for Lunch and Dinner (if you're on a diet you do have the option to halve the portions - I did not). Each day the food was uniquely different and delicious, all made with fresh ingredients. I also enjoyed that they offered additional evening classes on a few of the days. Whilst I was there I made fresh ravioli, and wine tasting at a local vineyard - we bought a couple of bottles to take back with us for dinner that night. I'm gutted I missed out on the olive oil tasting. The only thing I would have changed is that I probably went a week or two early, as the weather was overcast one day, and rainy the next (but I did have two days of brilliant sunshine). This meant they hadn't opened the pool up yet and we did all our classes inside (although I reckon we could have managed a few sessions out on the amazingly beautiful yoga terrace)! I will definitely consider coming here again, and have already shared with several friends that they should try it out. Thanks so much for such an enjoyable stay! Ruth x

  • Emma Allaway   April 17, 2018

      A personalised experience

    We enjoyed a fantastic 3 night stay with Tuscan Fitness. Yoga teachers were very good, food healthy & delicious, location beautiful. We also enjoyed the hike to an old abbey. Superb trip, would definitely book again!

  • Francesca Stocco   April 14, 2018

      Perfect!

    Since I arrived I felt welcome. Paolo welcome me And He is also a very good Yoga teacher. All the team is friendly and helpful. Room was really Big and Very comfortable. I have met other people coming from Europe and It was amazing. Meals were very good and we met our chef for a kitchen Lesson. ..very Nice! Top is Alexis the best teacher I have ever had in Yoga! Looking forward To come Back!

Why Retreat?

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To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer
 

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