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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.
More about Yoga in Italy
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.