Your Own Dolce Vita is a different way of experiencing Italy. We’re about slowing down, enjoying life and exploring with a group of like-minded gay men. The pace is designed to help men recharge their batteries – but just as important, to inspire them to bring the good life home with them after their time away.
Produced in cooperation with Il Chiostro (www.ilchiostro.com), this week will balance seeing Tuscany, light self-exploration and time to relax around the 18th century villa’s pool overlooking a picturesque valley. We’ll have a private chef; sharing an evening of good food, good wine and good conversation is a key part of our time together.
The handsomely restored villa – located about 17 km outside of Cortona – is the perfect spot to relax and get away from it all. The rural setting is tranquil and beautiful. Comfortable guest rooms have private baths.
During part of the day we will take time for some light meditation, getting to know one another and sharing what makes for a great life. We’ll visit Montalcino, Assisi and other beautiful places, returning home for a glass of wine overlooking the valley and sharing dinner together.
Men who have travelled to Italy before will find this an opportunity to see a side of Italy most tourists rush right past. Those who haven’t traveled abroad before will find that the format provides plenty of support to make Italy comfortable – and to make friends along the way.
I know that many of us are stressed by the demands of work and daily life. This is my 11th year offering retreats for gay men in Italy. The program helps men to experience Italy as travelers rather than tourists. Instead of simply checking sites and attractions off a must-see list, we’ll go more deeply into the good life in the picture-perfect Tuscan countryside.
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