Tuscany Retreat and Pilgrimage

Sept 20 – 30, 2022

This journey will start with a 3 day retreat followed by a 7 day pilgrimage through Tuscany on the Via Francigena (an ancient pilgrimage route from England to Rome). The retreat will be held at a breathtaking 150 acre property near Florence, Italy and will include daily teachings, discussions, workouts, gourmet meals plus plenty of time to get to know each other and relax.

After the retreat we'll set out on our 7 day Pilgrimage where we'll walk between 5-19 miles each day with a rest day in the middle at the beautiful, historic city of Siena. Each night we'll gather for slow paced dinners, drinks and great conversation. We will also offer stretching / yoga most evenings so our bodies will feel their best.

We (Jeff & Michelle Spadafora) are leading this retreat because in our combined 30+ years of experience in guiding individuals and groups through spiritual growth nothing has been more transformational than this “retreat + pilgrimage” format.

If you're longing to step off the hamster wheel and step into a space where you can deeply examine your life so you can discover all that God has for you, then this trip is for you!


This experience is limited to 20 people — single, married, solo or couples

Email Michelle@FaithfulWorkouts.com to reserve your spot – This will fill up soon!

Included In Your Trip:

10 Nights Lodging In Luxury Accommodations

Transfers from Florence to Retreat

All Meals Except 1 Dinner & 1 Lunch

Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Wine & Beer

Trail Book

Exercise Band, Loop & Ball

Foldable Yoga Mat

Teaching Sessions & Handouts

Cost Per Person In Double Occupancy: $3,295

Cost Per Person In Single Occupancy: $4,445

Not Included In Your Trip:

Airfare

Transfer from Airport to Florence

Hotel Night in Florence

Transfer after Pilgrimage to your next Destination

Daily Plan


Sept. 20

Your trip of a lifetime begins at 11am when we pick you up in the lobby of the hotel PALAZZO SAN NICCOLÒ in Florence, Italy. We will shuttle you from here to the retreat location in Gambassi Terme.

If you flew in the night before you can choose to spend the night at this hotel or you can just meet us here at 11am.


Sept. 20-23

The 3 day retreat will be held at Tenuta Sant’Ilario in the hillside of Tuscany. The property includes 150 acres of vineyards, olives and centuries-old woods. 

You will stay in one of their 2 bedroom apartments with a private bedroom and bathroom and a small kitchen. Our group will have access to a private pool where we can cool off during the day and where we will serve pre dinner drinks in the evening.

Your stay includes daily teachings, discussions, workouts and plenty of time to relax.

Gourmet Meals

Breakfast: fresh fruit, prosciutto, fresh baked breads, yogurt and cappuccinos to order.

Lunch: Salads, pastas, paninis

Dinner: Multi course Italian inspired meals. Wine from their vineyard and other cocktails


Sept. 23

After a satisfying breakfast you will begin your your pilgrimage on the Via Francigena. As you walk you will be blown away by the beauty that surrounds you. The 10 mile hike to San Gimignano will take you over gentle hills that offer non stop views of the Tuscany countryside.


San Gimignano, a Medieval walled city full of unique shops, cafes and history, is where we will stay for the night. The group will dine together on typical Italian foods and wine.


Your hotel accommodations are at Hotel la Cisterna in the heart of this beautiful city. We’ve reserved you a special room that includes panoramic views.


Sept. 24

Breakfast will be served in the hotel and then you will have 3 hours to explore the city & have lunch on your own. We will meet at 12:30 to begin our 7.5 mile pilgrimage towards Colle Val d’Elsa.


You will spend the night at Palazzo Pacini, a boutique hotel in the historic city. Each room is uniquely & beautifully designed. The evening includes an olive oil & wine tasing as well as a gourmet dinner.


Sept. 25

After a lovely breakfast you will begin your walk along the Via Francigena. We will have a picnic lunch in the fields during our walk. Today’s walk is a bit shorter (5.5 miles) so you will have time to enjoy the beautiful estate of Borgo San Luigi. The pool, peaceful grounds and sitting areas offer space to relax.


After some much needed stretching and yoga on their beautiful grounds you will be served a gourmet dinner poolside. Each sleeping room is designed to give you the comfort and quiet so you can have a wonderful sleep.


Sept. 26

Your walk to Siena will be filled with beautiful sites and history. You will walk down the white streets of the Sienese hills towards Cerbaia, an abandoned ancient medieval village. Your next view includes castles followed by a path along a river.  The walk is about 17 miles but we will take some snack breaks and you can give your feet a rest during lunch.


We will enter this spectacular city and arrive at our destination which is Hotel Athena. After a shower and some rest we will meet for a delicious dinner and discussion. Then you can go explore the city or head to bed.


Sept. 27

After breakfast in our beautiful hotel we will meet as a group for teachings and small group conversations. We will finish off our time together with an upper body, core and stretching workout. From 12pm on you free to discover the cafes and shops of Siena, rent an ebike or to curl up with a good book and relax.


Sept. 28

You’ve got a big day on your Via Francigena pilgrimage. This will be your longest walk but your legs should be fresh after your day off. All along your 19 mile journey you will see unforgettable views which will make you so grateful for the beauty God created.


You will arrive in the ancient city of Buonconvento.  Our Hotel  Ghibellino, is in the center of this old city. We will dine on a multi course meal at the restaurant in the hotel.


Sept. 29

As you head out for your final day of your pilgrimage you may be caught off guard by the strong emotions you feel. There is something unexplainable that happens when you walk into your final destination of a pilgrimage. There is a part of you that doesn’t want the rhythm of your days to come to an end. The unhurried pace, the beautiful scenery, the conversations, the time to just be, is something you won’t want to end. You may also feel a huge sense of accomplishment because you did something hard. Complete Joy!!


After your hearty breakfast you will walk the final 14 miles into the city of San Quirico. Here you will finish your pilgrimage and celebrate!! We will be staying at the grand Il Miraggio in Val d'Orcia Relais & Spa (a 5 star Relais property). The group will dine in their gourmet restaurant and share stories of what God has done in their hearts during this 10 day journey.


Sept. 30

After a lovely breakfast it will be time for good-byes, but the memories made will never leave!

You can choose to stay longer at this hotel, travel somewhere else, or head back to Florence. We can help coordinate this for you but this cost is not included in our package.


To reserve your spot email Michelle@faithfulworkouts.com

Your Hosts:

Jeff & Michelle Spadafora