ITALY LOGISTICS AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Are you already dreaming of our retreat in the Tuscan countryside? We are, and we can’t wait to see you there! Below are some logistics and packing information. We hope it answers all of your questions and if it doesn’t, please feel free to reach out at any time. We are here for you all along the way!
US citizens will need a passport for entry into Italy. The passport should have at least 6 months validity beyond your departure date and have two blank pages for stamps. A visa is only required if you are staying longer than 90 days.
Please make a copy or take a photo of your passport and email it to yourself so you have one on file.
U.S. Consulate General Florence
Lungarno Vespucci, 38
Telephone: (+39) 005.266.951
Arrival Information and Ground Transportation
The closest arrival airports to Maraviglia are:
-Rome Airport (Fiumicino Airport, FCO) about a 2-hour drive to the retreat center
-Florence Airport (Peretola, FLR) about a 45-minute drive to the retreat center
You can also arrive by train or car.
Here is a link to for train system- http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
If you need help getting to the retreat center, please let us know and we will help coordinate any rides. We will do our best to match you up with others arriving at the same time so you can share rides to the retreat center. The transportation is not covered in your retreat price and it will depend on how many people are in your car.
We recommend arriving by mid-day on the start of the retreat so you can relax and settle in. If you are arriving at night, no worries, you will not missing anything too important! We will begin our opening circle after dinner on the first night. We will finish on the last day after lunch.
If you arrive days earlier or stay after the retreat, there are plenty of boutique hotels and AirBnBs to stay at in Rome or Florence.
IN CASE OF TROUBLES ON DAY OF TRAVEL
Should you have flight delays or other troubles on the day of travel, contact Kori or Francesco as soon as possible.
Contact Numbers -
Kori Zornes (702) 321-6769
Francesco +39 3393220599
The credit card on file will be charged for the final retreat balance. All payment is non-refundable. If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR TRIP
PACKING YOUR BAGS
We highly suggest you pack light. You will not want to have to lug around a lot of excess luggage. Keep valuables to an absolute minimum. Revamp Retreats is not responsible for any lost or stolen items including important paperwork such as passports. Think less is more! Some more packing tips below:
1. We recommend a sturdy bag, easy to pull or push or carry. Rolling clothes instead of normal folding works wonders too in saving space.
2. Carry your daypack with you on the first day as your carry on. Keep your valuables in your daypack- i.e.: passport, money, ticket, journal, etc. We recommend you pack one set of clothes in it should your suitcase get lost.
SOME PACKING SUGGESTIONS:
· 6 yoga outfits for warm yoga outside
· 2 pairs of light pants –something you can move in
· 2 long sleeved shirt – for layering (again quick dry)
· 1 sweater or warm pull over for the plane
· Windbreaker and rain jacket (bring a VERY LIGHT rain jacket that doesn’t take up space)
· Underwear and some good sports bras
· Comfortable hiking/walking shoes
· Flip flops or house shoes if you don’t like to walk around barefoot
· 1-2 pairs of PJs
· 1-2 bathing suits
· Casual, comfortable clothes & day dress/swim wrap
· One day pack (a small backpack you can carry with you on our treks or to the beach)
· Insect repellent
· Toiletries (sunblock, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine products, anti-bacterial spray etc. Think travel size and if possible biodegradable please! The hotel will also have toiletries)
· A good book
· Visor/ hat/ baseball cap
· Reusable water bottle
· Any medications needed, allergy medicine
· Ear plugs, eye mask
· Hair ties, bandannas, or other things to keep your hair out of your face.
· 1 light travel yoga mat if you like to use your own (optional- the retreat center has all yoga props provided!)
· Copy of passport, photo ID, credit card, cash
Above all else, keep it light!
Revamp Retreats does not cover the theft, loss, or damage of personal property and equipment of trip participants. We suggest you confirm with your insurance carrier that they would cover the costs if your items are stolen, lost, or damaged while on your trip. We also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
MONEY & TIPPING (GRATUITIES)
You will want to bring a small amount of money for personal items, snacks, tipping and souvenirs. You may want to exchange cash at the airport or pull money out of an ATM located in the airport.
Make sure you look up exchange rates during your stay and also check fees for Exchange Centers and ATMs.
Most restaurants will add a small charge to the bill- “coperto” or “servizio incluso” which means tip/tip included. It is not necessary to leave extra but completely optional.
EXCURSIONS AND MASSAGES
There will be opportunities to partake in excursions and massages during your retreat. There will also be free time to explore Tuscany! Please pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT Tuscany
A LITTLE ON MARAVIGLIA & OUR HOUSING
Maraviglia is the original name of the small, secluded hill right outside the gorgeous Tuscan town of Monte San Savino. Immersed in an olive grove and surrounded by oak trees, Maraviglia’s palpable energy offers a truly healing experience.
The town of Monte San Savino stands on the western side of the Valdichiana, opposite Cortona and perched on a mountain that overlooks the Esse Valley. It is centuries old, and still displays evidence of the golden age.
We will be staying at two different properties that are next to one another. The rooms do not have A/C but you can sleep with the windows open. Please remember that we are sharing spaces (like a big family) and we want to respect each other! Please be mindful, clean, positive, and most importantly have fun and connect with one another.
LOCATION AND TIME ZONE OF ITALY
Maraviglia is located in the central region of Tuscany, 59 miles south of the regional capital, Florence. Tuscany is known for its history, landscapes, traditions, architecture, and artistic legacy.
It is on Central European Summer Time Zone (CEST), 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles.
As it would be traveling to any foreign country, one must remember to be safe and respectful of other customs and situations. If this is your first experience traveling abroad, please be aware in public places, and keep a close watch on your belongings. You really won’t want to bring any unnecessary valuables. Leave all of it at home that isn’t essential.
INTERNET / TELEPHONE SERVICE
Once we arrive at our retreat site, we encourage you to disconnect as much as possible.
Feel free to get any international plans if you would like to have calling/text/data during your trip. A lot of phone carriers now include Italy as part of their phone plans. You can call your carrier to check ahead of time.
Maraviglia will have internet in some locations on property if you need to connect.
The average temperature in Maraviglia during this time is about 75 to 90 degrees F.
We will be practicing yoga in open-air studios and it will be warm/hot. Please remember to stay hydrated.
There are some mosquitoes in the area we are staying. Please bring insect repellant (natural or deet).
We believe in eating delicious local and healthy meals on our retreat. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of local food. If there are any dietary restrictions, please let us know ahead of time so we can inform the retreat center.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST… HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO BE A CONSCIOUS TRAVELER:
-Go with the flow: When traveling abroad things might not always go your way. Flights may be delayed, luggage lost, languages misunderstood. It is all part of the adventure, try your best to be okay with whatever comes up and embrace it as part of the journey. Practice patience and find humor in unexpected situations.
-Respect the culture: Do some research to where you are going before you arrive. Respect the locals and their way of life (and ALSO respect the animals and wildlife). It is also great to learn a few words before arriving- please, thank you, hello. It will be greatly appreciated by the locals.
-Keep an open mind: There is so much to learn from others who live differently and do things differently than we do. Take the time to try new things and enjoy the local food and customs. Slow down, relax, and take it all in.
-Have fun: This trip is for YOU…. to relax and unwind, to dive in deep, to get to know yourself better, and to connect with others. Notice what comes up for you during the retreat. It may feel emotional, exciting, difficult… whatever comes up, embrace it. The schedule will be full of activities but also know when you need to take time alone to reflect, read, nap, or just do nothing. We are here for you on this journey and our mission is to spark passion and inspiration for your path and life purpose. Let us know how we can support you.
We hope this fully prepares you for an exciting trip to come!