Activity holidays in Lunigiana 2015

In 2015, Lunigiana offers a number of activity holidays for those wishing to enhance specific skills while enjoying good food, sight seeing and relaxation in the beautiful Lunigiana countryside. Courses range from yoga, learning Italian, knitting, painting, creative writing and photography to cooking and Thai yoga massage. All courses include accommodation as well as instruction, in English, by experienced tutors.

The Watermill

In 2015, Lois and Bill Breckon at The Watermill at Posara near Fivizzano are celebrating 25 years of offering activity holidays. They started with painting courses, expanded into creative writing, and more recently knitting and Italian language courses.

This year, the Watermill has are over a dozen different painting courses on offer – something for all techniques and levels of ability.  Each course has a different tutor, all of whom are very experienced, and some have won awards.  There are two creative writing courses, also with different tutors, three knitting courses and an Italian language course. Non-participating partners are welcome to tag along, and extra nights and activities can be arranged for attendees wishing to spend time in Florence.

Courses are held at the beautiful and historic watermill on the River Rosaro, just a few kilometres from the walled medieval town of Fivizzano with its cafés, restaurants and shops. For more information, visit The Watermill’s website.

The Watermill at Posara

 Photo courtesy of The Watermill at Posara

Podere Conti

Podere Conti is a luxury agriturismo run by an Italian/English couple. Each year in the spring, Cornelia Conti organises yoga related courses. This year, there is a Thai yoga massage class for experienced masseurs, as well as a yoga retreat. Courses are held on the farm by recognised experts and include vegetarian catering. Podere Conti is a very private location, situated near the historic town of Filattiera. For more information, visit Podere Conti’s website.


Photo courtesy of Podere Conti

Settimo Cielo

Karen Hargadon-Feeney offers retreats in the comfort of her Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Settimo Cielo. In 2015, Settimo Cielo is hosting writing and art retreats with expert tutors and facilitators. A photography retreat is in the planning, and there is a special retreat for “lovely ladies”, who just wish to relax in like-minded company. Settimo Cielo is located not far from the lovely town of Licciana Nardi.  For more information, visit Settimo Cielo’s website.

writing retreat

View from Settimo Cielo – Photo courtesy of Karen Hargadon-Feeney

Castello d’Aquila

Merrion Charles organises tailor-made week-long cookery classes at the stunning Castello d’Acquila near the town of Fivizzano in the the spring and the autumn, when the local ingredients are at their best. Accommodation and local activities are included. Download her brochure and visit her website for more information.


Activity holidays in Lunigiana 2015 appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 4 March 2015.


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