8 Day Yoga & Gourmet Cuisine experience in Tuscany


Yoga and Taste - Yoga and Fine Dining in Tuscany with Giacomo Petri and Sara Varlani

About project

Yoga and Taste in Tuscany is a well-being and relaxation experience tailor-made for you in the heart of Italy: a week in a luxurious villa in the Tuscany countryside practicing yoga and tasting gourmet cuisine all the holiday long. Sara, the yoga teacher, and Giacomo, the chef will take care of your body, mind and spirit for a memorable Italian experience.

It's a chance to deepen and renew your yoga practice, through daily classes and workshops. Including vinyasa, restorative yoga, meditation, and crystal singing bowls.
It's the right time to indulge in fine dining all the retreat long, from breakfast to dinner. Eat nourishing organic, local, and high-quality food and, if you desire, taste some of the most precious wines of the region.

Much more than another yoga retreat

The team

Hi, nice to meet you!
Sara and Giacomo are a close-knit couple in life and on the path of yoga. Their desire is to share their passion for this project motivated by their love for yoga, good food, and their place of origin, Tuscany. They strongly believe that a deep and true integration between yoga and gourmet cuisine is more than possible. As a result, a significant and transformative life experience. By combining their passions, a new door of joyful awareness opened to them: embracing life because of the gifts it offers with our hearts turned to heaven. As St. Augustine said, "Love and do what you will".

A point of connection between ground and soul

Yoga Fine dining experience in Tuscany with Sara Varlani and Giacomo Petri


Yoga & Taste is hosted at Villa San Marcellino, which is located in Gaiole in Chianti, in the countryside near Siena. A location that was ranked number one on Forbes’ list of “Europe’s Most Idyllic Places”!


The typical Tuscan stone villa is located within the property of the Ricasoli family’s Montregrossi winery and has been completely renovated in 2021. The new luxurious accommodation evokes typical Tuscan style: elegance and sophistication for a perfect mind, body, and soul well-being stay. The villa is 50 miles from Florence and 12 miles from Siena.


Villa San Marcellino has 5 bedrooms with luxury finishes.

Rooms available to our guests:

– 2 queen rooms (with private bath) located in the main structure.
– 2 queen rooms (with private bath) convertible to double rooms, located in the main structure.
– 1 double room (with private bathroom) located in the annex overlooking the villa’s garden.

We welcome a maximum of 8 people (in a shared room). It is possible to reserve a single room for an additional fee.
Rooms are assigned respecting the chronology of enrollment in the Yoga & Taste experience.
Daily maid service is included in the registration fee.

It's Yoga

Build strength, flexibility and awareness, both physical and mental, through Yoga practice: classes are led in the panoramic garden of the villa, aside the amazing vineyard looking pool.
She firmly believes that the aim of yoga teaching is understanding the essence of postures, focusing on a pleasant and effortless practice. As a result, classes are suitable for everyone, because she puts real emphasis on finding the variation that works best. In this experience you will find Hatha, Vinyasa and meditation classes that help you to be more appreciative and mindful.


and Taste

Chef Giacomo Petri welcomes you into his kitchen to cook for you breakfast, lunch and dinner, following the preferences of the group. His is a tasty and balanced cuisine, using local and organic raw materials, with vegetarian as well as typical Tuscan recipes. Dinners are the highlight of our experience. The chef offers an upscale gourmet dinner each evening with 3 or 4 courses + his welcome. Each dinner will be accompained by fine wines, with supertuscan and renowed Tuscan labels. Menus and wine pairings will be determined by the chef about a month before the event, as soon as all crew preferences are received.

Meet the team


Sara Varlani

Sara started practising Yoga in 2013 and is a devoted Ashtanga Yoga method practitioner since 2016. In 2020 she founded the Ashtanga Yoga House Firenze studio in Florence, her native city. To her, teaching is taking care for students and support them in their yogic path through empathy and awareness.

Giacomo Petri

Giacomo aka Jack, is a Tuscan private chef and yogi, he is specialised in gourmet cooking, privileging local and organic products. A unique refined dining experience made up by light and savoury dishes that perfectly matches the Yoga & Taste experience. Giacomo is open to all types of cuisine, from his exquisite vegetarian dishes to the great classics of Tuscan cuisine.

A tale of heart and savour

Additional Excursions

During the week you will have some free time and can relax in the villa or decide to do some excursions, Tuscany offers a lot of interesting scenery!
If you need a professional to organise transfers and bookings write to Lorenzo, he will be at your disposal.

Additional services:
– Airport pick-up and drop-off service
– Organisation of experiences in Tuscany
– Private driver with car

Write to Lorenzo Vanni to organise your excursions:

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What's included

– 7 nights in a luxurious villa
– Daily breakfast and lunch buffet
– Gourmet dinners with wine pairings

– Water, tea, coffee served throughout the day
Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes

– Specialized yoga workshops

– Group excursions/activities

– Nature hikes with a trusted guide

– Wine tasting at the Rocca di Montegrossi, next to the villa
– Excursion to the Castle of Brolio
Special guests of the week:
– Live performance by Tibetan Bowls’ master Laura Iarrobino
– Dinner wine master class with sommelier Raffaele Magni
– Final dinner with Francesco Schina’s Sax


Extra service on request (not included in the price)

– Masseuse in villa

– Tour leader


What's not included

· Airfare
· Airport transfer
· Train station transfer
· Medical emergency
· Travel insurance
· Additional meals you choose to have outside the villa


Please note: transfers to and from airport or train station can be arranged upon request at the time of booking (additional fee)



Via Mario Pratesi, 19 – 50135 Florence ITALY
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