Fitness holiday

Question: I’m keen to try a fitness holiday but don’t really know what to expect. I have average fitness that I would like to improve – would this type of holiday be too hard for me? What sort of exercise will be on the itinerary?

We offer two types of fitness holidays: boot camp and mature fitness. Don’t be put off by the names. Our fitness holidays are designed around you, your desires and more importantly abilities. In plain English you can work as easy or as hard as you like. You don’t have to attend all the exercise sessions, but can if you want to.

Question: I’m keen to try a fitness holiday but don’t really know what to expect. I have average fitness that I would like to improve – would this type of holiday be too hard for me? What sort of exercise will be on the itinerary?

We offer two types of fitness holidays: boot camp and mature fitness.  Don’t be put off by the names.  Our fitness holidays are designed around you, your desires and more importantly abilities.  In plain English you can work as easy or as hard as you like.  You don’t have to attend all the exercise sessions, but can if you want to. 

Some guests go sightseeing in the mornings and pick up the later exercise classes.  Others do the morning classes and then gone off sightseeing in the afternoon.  Some guests come to the first class of the day and then do their own thing.  Others blast through every class.  Our basic philosophy is we want you to get the best out of your holiday in your way.  Relax and have a good time.  That’s why our vacations are always as unique as you are.  

We’ve learned not to look at someone’s age but the person.  We’ve had many mere mortals and our share of superhuman fifty, sixty and seventy something’s enjoying fitness and wellness holidays with us.  We have adapted holidays and retreats for those with any health condition you can think of.  The core to our success is the holistic approach we take to fitness and wellness.

We know “holistic fitness” sounds like something a bunch of hippies might do with shovels.  It’s actually a hard-headed acceptance of the needs and stresses of life.  It combines the management of aches and pains with the attainment of peace of mind, health, wellness and unashamed beauty.  What’s better is it actually happens all in one programme, time and place in Southern Italy. 

You’ll take part in a range of sessions, each with a specific purpose and benefit.  These include, functional circuit training, running and interval load training, absolute skipping, skip and core stretch, Neo yoga and seated meditation, walking and hiking, boxing, Ki-boxing and moving meditation.  All these sessions are popular with guests but the most popular is “The Green Workout”. 

The Green Workout is taken outside come rain or shine.  Luckily enough the weather around Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast is generally “Shine”.  It combines the satisfaction of a job well done, education on good body movement with rejuvenating effects of manual work, moving mediation and the sun.  In addition to the group sessions above we offer personal programming, support and advice sessions, all included in the price of a holiday. 

But we offer more than just fitness and wellness retreats and holidays.  You can learn to cook real Italian cuisine, enjoy eating your efforts and work off the results of amazing food on your waist line by joining a few fitness sessions each day.  Go walking and hiking with us and finish the day with a yoga and meditation or rejuvenation session aimed at getting rid of aches and pains each evening.  We are happy to accommodate your style of holiday at a great price, guaranteed. 

“Put on your walking shoes and discover the Italy of your dreams”

Believe or not, the real Italy of your dreams still exists. Away from hordes of tourists that drive you crazy, with food and wine that tastes how you think food and wine should. With some of the most beautiful walks, scenery and places for you to visit in the world, let alone Italy. Where is the place of your dreams? The Campania region of Southern Italy.

Believe or not, the real Italy of your dreams still exists.  Away from hordes of tourists that drive you crazy, with food and wine that tastes how you think food and wine should.  With some of the most beautiful walks, scenery and places for you to visit in the world, let alone Italy.  Where is the place of your dreams?  The Campania region of Southern Italy. 

As a guest on one of our all inclusive guided walking holidays you will experience 7 days of stunning views, mountain walks, visits to un-spoilt Italian villages, swimming in Roman Baths, seeing some of the most beautiful churches Italy has to offer and visiting the Royal Palace of Southern Italy with its famous English gardens.  The added bonus is after a day’s walking you’ll build up an appetite and thirst ready to sample some of the best homegrown food the region has.  All cooked in an authentic Southern Italian style by a real Italian cook. 

The secret to youth

Have you ever wondered what the secret to youth is? We have developed a unique holiday experience which combines good food, wine, fun company with a little bit of exercise.  Our special walk and dine programme combines walking and stretching exercises in stunning surroundings in a small quaint village near Naples, Amalfi Coast and Sorrento.  The programme is created to help you to stay young, subtle and physically fit well into your nineties.  

Unique experiences

Question: You mention that your holidays are unique experiences – what do you mean by that?

Answer: Well our holidays are unique experiences because they are not run of the mill. Yes you get the fitness, walking, cooking or spiritual sessions which you might find on other holidays of the same name. But what I mean by unique experiences is you won’t be surrounded by tourists, expensive gift shops or busy tourist attractions.

Question: You mention that your holidays are unique experiences – what do you mean by that?

Answer:  Well our holidays are unique experiences because they are not run of the mill.  Yes you get the fitness, walking, cooking or spiritual sessions which you might find on other holidays of the same name.  But what I mean by unique experiences is you won’t be surrounded by tourists, expensive gift shops or busy tourist attractions. 

It is very rare if not completely unheard of to see another person who is not Italian.  The region that our holidays are based in are typically Italian.  Not Italy of today though but Italy of maybe 20 years ago.  They are based in a little village called Faicchio which has a medival castle but also is surrounded by agricultural fields, olive groves and vineyards. 

People in this region live well into their 90s if not 100s.  It is not unusual to see Italians outside of their houses gossiping, men in the local Piazza playing cards in the shade or young children running around playing happily.  On a Sunday after church the bars are full with people chatting, having coffee or just relaxing.  People walk up and down the main road through the village.  Especially the young girls and boys looking for love.  Many a romance has been started with these walks.  If young people are courting (which they still do in this part of Italy), then it is not unusual to see a chaperone walking along with them.  It is all very old fashioned but beautiful in its innocence. 

This area of Italy is also great for olive oil, wine and is renowned for its good quality, fresh food.  Now you might think the majority of Italy is renowned for its food, yes it is.  But where does that food come from?  It comes from the region of Campania where Faicchio is situated.  So the food is really fresh and home grown.

Our holidays are also unique because you end up in strange places.  Not strange in a negative way but you have experiences.  For example, one of our guests hired their own car and decided to take a drive around the region.  Well they ended by going through some incredibly small back roads with lots of older Italian women and men swearing at them and just looking at them in strange ways.  They thought this was hilarious.  We have also heard of guests visiting Matese (National Park of Beauty) and ending up having a wonderful picnic with an Italian family whilst looking at the wild horses. 

Another guest told us of an experience they had visiting a local farm.  They were taken on a tour of the farm seeing the animals and then sat down to what they thought was a light lunch.  Well this lunch took about three hours and they ate fresh homemade Italian sausage with vegetables and cannellini beans, Linguini with mushrooms (picked that morning from their woods), roasted breast of chicken with ham and mozzarella and fresh vegetables.  They topped all this with, apparently, lots of wine and rolled back to the hotel thoroughly happy and content.

These are the sort of unique experiences which just happen.  They are not planned and can surprise you and leave you with memories that will stay with you forever.  Yes you get the fitness sessions, walks, cooking classes and spiritual retreats but what really stays with you is the region, the experiences you have on the walks and the people you meet along the way. 

Corrie & Steve

The villa was a great base from which to explore the region and we thoroughly enjoyed our trips to Telese, Rome and Sorrento, as well as Faicchio itself and the morning spent at Arenella Farm was a fantastic experience which we will always remember.  We were really impressed with how well resourced and maintained Casa Sofia was, and we very quickly came to regard it as ‘home’ during our stay.  It was always nice to return to the peace and tranquility of Casa Sofia at the end of each day/adventure.  The local restaurants you recommended were excellent and we particularly liked the local pizzeria, where we were always well looked after and continually shocked by the small bill at the end of each evening!

We have already recommended Casa Sofia to friends and family, and hope to return again ourselves at some point in the future.