ACTIVITIES IN ITALY
There are plenty of activities to enjoy on your days off. You can choose activities from more active ones like hiking to more relaxing ones like bathing in hot springs or more cultural experiences like wine tasting.
The Sabina mountains (1200 meters) surrounding Casperia, rich in flora and fauna, are rarely visited by walkers and offer astonishing trekking and scenery. On your arrival recommended walking routes will be given and maps provided.
We highly recommend doing some cycling during your holiday in Sabina. The resort offers free use of bikes, including a mixture of racers, explorers, mountain bikes and even a tandem! We provide detailed maps of the area, as well as advice on interesting natural and historic sites to visit. There is a choice of routes, across quiet and low-traffic, hilly or mountain roads with spectacular scenery.
Horse riding is available at several stables near Casperia with a selection of horses, rides and treks in the surrounding Sabina hills and countryside. The riding is suitable for beginners and advanced riders and costs from €40.
Hot Springs/ Thermal Baths
Viterbo’s hot sulphurous spring water has been used since Roman times to draw impurities out of the skin, to stimulate skin cells to secrete natural oils and to reduce blood pressure and rheumatism. The huge pool has sun-loungers, palm trees and a bar and the water has different depths and temperature zones.
We also visit the local wild hot springs, situated in their natural environment in open fields. Here you can bathe in the sulphur-rich organic mud used in rehabilitative treatments, beauty masks and wraps.
Both the thermal baths and the hot springs are quiet, perfect places to relax, unwind and feel the tension, toxins, aches and pains being released from your body.
The all-day excursion to the thermal baths and wild hot sulphur springs costs from €40 per person (minimum 3 people) including the entrance fee to spa, visit to the springs, and transport.
Holistic treatments are a major feature of Sunflower Retreats’ path to wellness and complement the yoga we practice. We have a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, but we differ in that we use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in our sessions. A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies, which are given by our own on-site therapist and other qualified practitioners, will be given to you when you arrive and treatments can be booked each day at breakfast time.
Treatment prices range from €30 to €100 per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration.
Lounging by the Pool
There is free access to private swimming pool in the wonderful Casperia countryside, surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills, open from May to October. You can walk, cycle or use our shuttle service, available upon request.
Italy of course is known for amazing wine, so since you made it all this way take advantage of some of the best wine in the world! The Orvieto region is about an hour away and here you can tour the vineyard, learn about the winemaking process and sample some delicious white and red wine.
*pricing will be based on various wineries and number of students joining.
Join in with olive-picking in late October and November and experience the unique taste of freshly-pressed biological extra virgin olive oil. Sunflower Retreats can introduce you to local producers with whom you can pick olives and watch the milling process right through to getting your very own fresh extra virgin oil. No fancy labels; just real, genuine, honest produce by small local producers. Upon request we can arrange evening apperitivi and Sabina olive oil tasting experiences with local olive producers in the Sabina countryside. Fresh biological extra virgin olive oil can be also bought all-year-round from the local producers for about €8 – €10 per litre.
Cooking lessons can be booked on arrival for groups of three or more people and will include lunch or dinner.
Touring Historic Sites
Trips with a private driver to historic sites such as Saint Francis’ hermitage, Orvieto, Assisi and to thermal baths and other nature sites can be organised.
Prices range from €6 to €40 per person.