Yoga Retreat in Umbria: Culture, History & Paradise in Rural Italy
Exotic Yoga Retreats founder and co-owner, Gayle Olson, has lived in Italy and traveled across the country extensively. Over the years, she has scouted numerous locations and luxury resorts, dedicated to the task of finding the perfect yoga retreat location that could truly be termed a yoga, food and wine-lovers heaven.
While Gayle adores the romantic rolling hills of Tuscany, her heart was captured by the unique blend of culture, history and stunning natural beauty in relatively non-touristy Umbria. It is in Umbria that Gayle discovered Borgo di Carpiano, her favourite yoga retreat destination in the world, and a much loved and celebrated luxury retreat location for Exotic Yoga Retreats.
Here are the top reasons why Exotic Yoga Retreats returns to Umbria every year:
Borgo Di Carpiano - a Premium Blend of All Things Umbria
Departures luxury travel magazine named EYR’s Umbria retreat at Borgo di Carpiano a top wellness retreat for food and wine lovers. It is truly an unparalleled experience in Italian hospitality, gourmet food and Umbrian wine. The medieval castle of Carpiano dates back to the beginning of the 10th century. It has been tastefully refurbished and is a luxurious boutique hotel with acclaimed Chef Lucca. The Borgo uses fresh organic vegetables and extra virgin olive oil from its own garden and orchards.
Lake Trasimeno - Nature with a Beautiful Soul
Lago di Trasimeno is one of the largest lakes in Italy, and its shores remain uncrowded, offering visitors breath-taking views over its characteristic pristine waters and lush greenery. Hiking and biking trails snake around its perimeter and the old town of Castiglione del Lago on its northwestern edge is a charming historic town to visit.
Perugia - Art and Culture
Umbria’s capital city exudes charm, history and artistic flair. It is acclaimed for its Etruscan fortress walls and historic centre, dating to the 13th century onward. With markedly less tourists than Tuscany’s rival centres of Florence and Siena, Perugia is a calming alternative for art lovers to explore. The Gothic cathedral in Piazza IV Novembre houses Renaissance paintings and frescos, and Perugia is the seat of two of Italy’s most important universities, Università degli Studi and University for Foreigners, the foremost in Italy. Don’t miss the annual Perugia Jazz festival!
Assisi - Spirituality, Architecture, and History
The medieval city of Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the homonymous Religious Order of the Franciscans, and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The Basilica of St. Francis is acclaimed for its synthesis of a number of masterpieces of human genius in architecture and art, and the city is considered a sanctuary of unique cultural identity. It is a contemporary and ancient place of pilgrimage with a very welcoming local community that is known for its hospitality and spiritual authenticity.
Umbertide Cuisine - Excellent Produce and Award-Winning Wine
It has been said that the produce grown and manufactured in Umbria speaks directly from the earth to the heart. Umbrian regional cuisine can be traced back to Etruscan influences, and is characteristically simple, relying on seasonal produce. This is cucina povera (‘peasant cooking’), and the fresh, often organic and simple ingredients are of a high quality; learn to savour pulses, truffles, wild asparagus, cured meats and cheeses. Umbria’s most famous wine may be its white wine produced from grechetto grapes, which are largely found in the Orvieto area, but Umbria’s red wines, particularly the Sagrantino di Montefalco, are quickly catching up in popularity.