3 Yoga Retreats in Italy You’ll Love

Maria Moscato
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Italy is a hot spot on the European map for yoga retreats. Rolling hills, farm villas, and olive groves invite a recipe for holistic healing. Imagine doing your Sun Salutations under the Tuscan sunset while drinking pure spring water, then heading back for a delicious meal made from fresh local produce.
 
Since many yoga retreats are settling into Italian city gems like Tuscany, Umbria and Puglia, there is a lot of variety to fit your tastes. Choosing a yoga or meditation get-away is a very personal choice, and Italy offers magnificent locations with historical sites and rustic nature, each inviting stillness for the soul and movement for the body.
 
While there are many amazing options to choose from in Italy, we’ve selected the following three yoga retreats due to their unique architecture and location, combined with diverse styles of yoga, quality of food, and hospitality. Take a look and see which one might fit your budget and personal preferences.
 

Here are 3 yoga retreats in Italy that we recommend checking out:

 

1. Ananda Center Spiritual Retreat for Yoga and Meditation

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The Ananda Center is truly unique and loved by those who admire the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship. The Ananda Center is a self-sustaining community with an art academy, organic farm, coffee bar and boutique located just outside of Assisi.
 
Price: $50 – $100 USD a night
 
Great for yogis looking to practice: Spiritual seekers interested in meditation and yoga
 
Location: Nocera Umbra, Perugia (Umbrian hills near Assisi, Italy)
 
Season: All year with many programs and events offered year round
 
Why this yoga retreat is amazing:

  • Reasonably priced and includes three delicious vegetarian meals a day along with comfortable rooms
  • Large variety of retreat date and offerings which allows flexibility for time and budget
  • The holiday season retreats are especially magical with the enchanted sights and sounds of nature that lends to an internal awakening

 

2. Kaliyoga Yoga Retreat

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Wake up in a famed trullo (a limestone circular home) at the Kaliyoga retreat with a day of yoga and wellness ahead in Alberobello, Puglia which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Puglia offers surroundings that make your stay truly unique with outings to the beach, bicycle rides and strolls through the ancient village of Alberobello.
 
Price: $150 – $200 USD a night
 
Great for yogis looking to practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with a healthy dose of surrounding Italian history
 
Location: Alberobello, Puglia (Southern Italy)
 
Season: Retreats begin in April so you’ll be guaranteed all the benefits of this sunny location
 
Why this yoga retreat is amazing:

  • The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practiced here is enhanced in the Pugliese surroundings that ignite your senses in sheer and crisp beauty
  • Your stay includes a beautiful room in either the masseria (farm structure) or trullo, all furnished in a traditional, simple and elegant style
  • They offer a homemade and innovative vegetarian menu made with the vast local produce. The chef will also tailor your meals accordingly for dietary needs
  • Kaliyoga is alcohol free so expect delicious and enticing juice cocktails when craving something more than water
  • Included in the package price are two yoga classes per day, three meals, use of the yoga studio, swimming pool and hot tub

 

3. Abundance Yoga Retreat

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The Abundance Yoga Retreat is an eco-friendly resort offering an intimate experience as space is limited in the breathtaking San Flaviano Monastery. The environment is therefore spiritually charged, accented with porticoes shading you while breathing in fresh mountain air and sipping local spring water.
 
Price: $150 – $300 USD a night
 
Great for yogis looking to practice: Meditation, breathing, easy and active yoga in a beautiful and unique setting
 
Location: Perugia (Central Italy)
 
Season: Late spring to early fall
 
Why this yoga retreat is amazing:

  • Enjoy Italian menu packages that include prosecco, wine, norcia cheese and truffles locally harvested in Umbria
  • Offers a variety of yoga styles
  • Breathing techniques, mantras, meditation and chakra work are emphasized to allow you to combine mind, body and spirit in the perfect atmosphere
  • Daily itinerary starts early and finishes late while allowing time for you to bask in the natural surroundings or relax under the portico

 

 
If possible, take advantage of a trip to Italy beyond your retreat by also exploring nearby small towns, seaside hideaways and the pure nature of this country. Italy is easy to get around by car or train so you can find time for more than yoga.
 
Immerse yourself in Italy’s rustic nature, spiritual heritage in art and architecture and be inspired to discover your true self.
 
Have you dreamed of visiting Italy? Would including a yoga retreat make this an even more amazing journey? Let us know your thoughts about these retreats in the comments below – we love hearing from you!
 

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Maria Moscato

Maria has been an expat Californian living in Bologna, Italy for 18 years. After her two trips to India, she started yoga during her pregnancy 13 years ago and has been a yogi ever since. An artist, writer and innovative cook, she integrates her love for yoga and meditation into her work, including a line of yoga clothing based on the spiritual foundation of selenite, a crystal gypsum used by the Romans.

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