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Yoga in Italy

A land bursting at the seams with sensory pleasures, historical insights, and cultural flair. Italy continues to be one of the most captivating countries in the world. An unrivaled number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, pristine coastline, soaring mountain ranges and an abundance of gastronomical delights make for an irresistible mix of features.

Your Yoga Guide for Italy

A land bursting at the seams with sensory pleasures, historical insights, and cultural flair. Italians are known to celebrate many of life’s greatest pleasures from food to art, so it should come as no surprise that yoga in Italy is flourishing.

Many of the country’s most active yoga communities can be found in its cosmopolitan cities, from Milan and Turin in the North to Rome and Naples in the South. But there are also a plethora of rural yoga retreats to choose from if you want a more tranquil yoga vacation in Italy.

Yoga Retreats in Italy

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The incredible diversity of landscapes in Italy means that your first decision should be whether you want to spend your time in the mountains of the Alps and Dolomites, the rolling hills of Tuscany or the shimmering Amalfi coast. Combining hiking, winery tours, swimming, historic sights, and yoga are all feasible in Italy and, of course, sampling the country’s bounty of fresh local produce is an ever-present and welcome accompaniment to almost all activities.

The urban yoga scene is also thriving with yoga classes available in most cities and towns in Italy. What’s more, a number of yoga festivals have been holding annual gatherings across the country with Milan and Venice hosting some of the most popular ones. Attending events at festivals can be an ideal way for both novices and seasoned yogis to interact with the many manifestations of this ancient practice.

Steeped in history, Italy boasts stunning architecture, ancient ruins and vivid artistic works at almost every step. It is fitting then that an initiative to take yoga into museums started in Rome’s National Museum of the 21st Century Arts MAXXI, in 2015. Yogis will appreciate that subtle connection between the internal and external world that is at the heart of yoga teaching and there are plans to take yoga al fresco to some of the ancient Roman ruins in the capital.

The worldwide reputation for fine cuisine that Italy has is entirely justified, so why not combine a yoga retreat with cooking classes and guided tours around the markets and vineyards that supply Italians, and the rest of the world, with so much gastronomical enjoyment. Tuscany, in particular, has some of the best produce in the country and as the heartland of the Renaissance, trips to Florence and Siena are must-dos for any history buffs.

An unrivaled number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, pristine coastline, soaring mountain ranges and an abundance of gastronomical delights make for an irresistible mix of features.

The best Yoga Retreats in Italy

With retreats being held all over Italy, you will be sure to find something that suits you.

Set in the rolling hills of Umbria, the Locanda del Gallo yoga retreat is a spectacular location to deepen your practice. The restored farmhouse accommodation, infinity pool, wellness treatment rooms and yoga studio provide the ideal surroundings for a yoga holiday in Italy.

Fancy rolling your mat out on a deck overlooking the deep azure of the Tyrrhenian Sea? Perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi coast, La Selva Positano yoga retreat offers just that. This is a back-to-basics experience with the retreat center only accessible on foot. There are two yoga platforms for practice and meditation and the proprietors use organic, locally sourced ingredients for all of the meals.

Italians and cooking have been lovingly intertwined for millennia. To get an insight into their craft and learn how to make a range of dishes, the Vedaguru Centre provide culinary and yoga retreats in Puglia. Daily Hatha Yoga and trips to the village market with expert instruction make this an unmissable experience.

Why you should do Yoga in Italy?

  • Thriving yoga scene across the country
  • Abundance of historical and cultural attractions
  • Diverse landscapes
  • World renowned cuisine

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The starting point for many people visiting Italy; Rome awash with galleries, museums, and the archaeological remnants of the empire that originated in the city. But if you’re looking for some respite from the crowds and some quality time on your mat, then there are a number of studios to consider.

For the high energy yogis Ego Yoga brings True Power Yoga to Rome from the USA, a favorite of expats and travelers. Zem Yoga runs classes in English and Italian and includes a range of styles from heated and non-heated offering Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa. Finally, YogaArte promotes a low-impact version of traditional yoga practice with a focus on grace and poise as opposed to intense transitions and stretching.