Join Good Housekeeping health editor Julie Powell in the Italian countryside for our first-ever four-day fitness break

Tuscany has a beauty all of its own, with its emerald hills, lush vineyards and olive groves, and it benefits from long sunny days well into autumn. This makes it the ideal setting for an autumn health and fitness break, so we've partnered with Flavours Holidays to offer Good Housekeeping readers just that.

We know that doing Pilates is one of your favourite ways to keep supple and in shape, and so we've designed a holiday catering for all ages and abilities. You'll be met at Pisa Airport and then taken by private transfer to one of the beautiful historic Flavours Holidays villas, which have outdoor pools and gorgeous grounds for you to relax in, full of almond and olive trees.

Flavours Holidays has a team of professional Pilates teachers who'll lead daily group classes, as well as a one-to-one session at the villa, with all the equipment you need provided. Plus, you'll be treated to healthy, home-cooked Italian food made by excellent local chefs and enjoy dinner at a trattoria on one evening, too.

Good Housekeeping health editor Julie Powell, a keen Pilates fan herself, will be your host at the villa on the September 28 departure. She'll take part in an informal Q&A session with you and join you for some of the classes. For October departure, please see here.

You will also have spare time to explore the local area, with highlights including the Palazzo Pubblico and Siena Cathedral. This is a great opportunity to improve your core strength and tone your body, as well as relax and make new friends in the Italian sun.

Expert Pilates classes
Pilates classes will be led by experts who teach the Body Control technique, a method of Pilates that helps people get fit and toned. In most classes, you'll be part of a small group and you will also get one-to-one tuition, as well as a personalised programme to take home.

Discover Tuscany
With the cooking taken care of, you'll have time to sit back and enjoy the views from the terrace of your villa. It's a great base from which to explore the Tuscan countryside or Siena's narrow cobbled streets and vibrant squares.

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Julie Powell
Good Housekeeping health editor

Julie Powell is responsible for commissioning, editing and writing health content for Good Housekeeping. An experienced journalist, Julie will be happy to share her wealth of knowledge with you and answer your health and wellbeing questions.

Pilates has had such a positive impact on my life. I cannot wait to join you and take part in our first-ever Pilates holiday in Tuscany!

Julie Powell

Price includes

  • Return flights from Stansted to Pisa with hand luggage
  • No single supplement
  • Three-night full-board stay in a private villa with wine
  • Four group Pilates lessons with a qualified Body Control Pilates teacher and an additional one-to-one session
  • Q&A with Julie Powell
  • Individual exercise programme to take home
  • All taxes, local transport and transfers

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Sep 28, 2019
To
Tue, Tue, Oct 1, 2019
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£999*
Sold out
* Solo travellers can stay in a double room at no extra cost. Flights based on London Stansted departure. Regional flight departures may be available at a supplement. Subject to availability. Holidays are operated by Flavours of Italy Ltd and this trip is ATOL-protected.
Call now to book 01313412878
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrival and welcome drinks
    Siena, Italy

    Arrive at Pisa airport and transfer to your private Tuscan villa in the Chianti countryside, near Siena. Once you've settled in you'll enjoy a welcome drinks with your host, Aggie MacKenzie, followed by a late lunch. You'll have your first yoga lesson before dinner at the villa.

    Meals - Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    One-to-one Pilates and Siena
    Siena, Italy

    Today begins with an early rise for a group yoga session, before breakfast together surrounded by the stunning Tuscan countryside. In the afternoon, take a trip to Siena to enjoy time for shopping and sight-seeing, with highlights including the Palazzo Pubblico and Siena Cathedral. Tonight, you'll stay in Siena for dinner at a traditional Trattoria, trying out some of the region's delicious rustic delicacies, before returning to your villa.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Q&A with Julie and wine-tasting
    Siena, Italy

    Another early start this morning ensures you'll get the most out of your final full day, with a group yoga class followed by a freshly prepared healthy breakfast. Afterwards, enjoy some time relaxing in the villa's pool and gardens, and take part in an informal Q&A with Aggie MacKenzie.

    This afternoon, you'll visit a local winery to learn about the wine-making process during a tour of the premises, and then try out some of the wonderful wines they make. You'll also have the option of a massage today, before a final dinner at your villa.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Early morning Pilates and return home
    Siena, Italy

    Enjoy a final morning yoga session with your new friends today, then have time to pack and take one last swim in the villa's pool after breakfast. After a farewell lunch together, transfer to Pisa airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Villa Casanova

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Chianti, Italy

Charming Tuscan villa set among vineyards and olive groves

Villa Casanova is an Italian homestead from the early 19th century with rustic, spacious interiors typical for rural Tuscan architecture. It is located in the unmistakable Chianti countryside, an area famous for its breathtaking natural scenery, and the villa is surrounded by stunning olive groves and vineyards. Outside there is a communal dining area, swimming pool and wonderful gardens to relax in.

Brought to you by

Flavours Holidays
This tour is operated solely by Flavours Holidays
Flavours Holidays is a specialist tour operator offering high-quality cooking, painting, Pilates, language and photography holidays in Italy since 1998.

To view Flavours Holidays’ supplier’s terms and conditions click here.

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Sep 28, 2019
To
Tue, Tue, Oct 1, 2019
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£999*
Sold out
* Solo travellers can stay in a double room at no extra cost. Flights based on London Stansted departure. Regional flight departures may be available at a supplement. Subject to availability. Holidays are operated by Flavours of Italy Ltd and this trip is ATOL-protected.
Call now to book 01313412878
Quote ref: GH-PILATES