SOOTHING YOGA, DETOX AND FOREST BATHING AT CASTELLO DI CAFAGGIO
Buongiorno! My name is Sandrine.
I’m a Parisian in love with Tuscany and Florence has been my home for 19 years.
I’m a Certified Nutrition Coach & Yoga Instructor (registered with Yoga Alliance International) and founder of FiloCIBOsofia Slow Life.
If you’re curious to know more, please visit my website: www.filocibosofia.it/en In addition to English, I speak fluently French, German, Russian and of course Italian!
ENJOY A MOMENT OF GENTLE YOGA RELAXING YOUR SPINE AND YOUR FEET
How about enjoying a moment of soothing yoga during which I will guide you through gentle exercises and a beautiful meditation. At the end of the session, you will feel rested, reenergized, taller and sturdier. After this calming moment, we will continue our relaxation by tasting some comforting or refreshing teas (depending on the season). When you return home, you will have some concrete ideas regarding how to practice the Slow Life and la Dolce Vita in your daily life.
DETOX DAY WITH YIN YOGA & HEALTHY FOOD
My focus is to help my clients use yoga to slow down and improve their relationship to food. The first part of this special day will start with a session of soothing yoga (YIN & Restorative Yoga) during which I will guide you through gentle exercises and a
beautiful meditation. As a Nutrition Coach, I have a profound love of food and you will enjoy a healthy and delicious buffet that I prepared for you. I promise you that we will not talk about diets or calories, (you are on vacation, after all!) but rather I will show you some strategies and tricks to eat less and to eat with pleasure that you can use during your holidays and also when you are back home. By the end of this relaxing “detox” experience, you will feel refreshed, recharged, “cleaned” and inspired!
MAGICAL EXPERIENCE FOREST BATHING IN THE PRIVATE WOODS OF CASTELLO DI CAFAGGIO
I have a deep love for the nature, more specifically I’m a tree lover and I enjoy sharing about how trees communicate, and why healing in nature (“forest bathing” or Shinrin-Yoku) is vital to humans. This experience is wonderful for children too.
I will guide you through sensory exercises that will enhance and deepen the forest experience. The techniques I use are specifically designed to open the mind to fully receive the healing benefits of the woods.
By the end of this beautiful sensory walk, you will feel revitalized like a tree!
CASTELLO DI CAFAGGIO
BELOW YOU WILL FIND SOME OF THE SERVICES THAT OUR LOCAL CHEFS
ARE ABLE TO SUPPLY WHILE STAYING AT CASTELLO DI CAFAGGIO
Buffet breakfast with a selection of local cheeses, jams, breads, a baked cake, cereal and local pastries.
To drink: fruit juices, milk, tea, coffee and cappuccino.
Alternatively, we can offer a simple version of coffee, tea, milk and cake.
This is no ordinary pizza. We prepare it in the ancient wood over with local ingredients produced by the farm.
SCHIACCIATA WITH HERBS
A selection of 4 different pizzas (exact kinds can be tailored to your group’s needs)
MIXED SALAD FROM OUR GARDEN
A fruit tart, jam tart, or seasonal fruits with gelato.
LOCAL WINE, WATER, SODA, JUICES
THE TUSCAN DINNER WILL
BE SERVED IN OUR PRECIOUS
TUSCAN RUSTIC DINNER AT THE CASTLE
Selection of local cold meats and pecorino cheese served with homemade focaccia with rosmary and salt
Crostini (chicken liver pate, sausages and stracchino cheese caramelized tomatoes).
Pappa al pomodoro
(a choice between)
Nonna Gabriella’s Lasagne
Crespelle (thin crepes) with red chicory and stracchino cheese sauce.
(a choice between)
Pork loin in bread crust
Local range chicken cooked on the stove with olives and tomatoes (“alla cacciatora”)
Roasted potatoes and vegetables
Water, Cafaggio “Perenrico” IGT (our locally produced red wine).
€ 75 PER PERSON
KIDS UNDER 10 YEARS OF AGE € 50 PER PERSON.
A number of delicious and elegant recipes typical of these parts were found among the ancient papers of the Castle. Some of these had fallen into disuse, but when rediscovered they always enjoyed enormous success among our friends, and so we decided to make them better known. The cookery courses consist of lessons of theory and practice held in the Castle kitchen by the owner Gabriella Benci and her valued assistants. In addition to the Castle’s own recipes, the typical dishes of traditional Tuscan cuisine are also prepared, with certain small variations inspired by other regions of Italy. The ingredients consist of the organic produce grown on the farm, which – based on the season – we gather in the kitchen garden before starting the lesson: extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggs, salad greens, cauliflowers, Tuscan black cabbage, Savoy cabbage and aromatic herbs …
Lessons are held in either Italian or English, in the mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. or afternoons from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The lesson ends with a tasting of the dishes that have been prepared, washed down with our very own wine, in the stunning art nouveau dining-room of the Castle with the table beautifully laid for the occasion.
Tasting and Lunches on the Estate
The visit to the Castle’s ancient olive press, complete with its huge millstone, ends with an oil tasting session. Here we provide interested visitors with a detailed explanation of pressing processes, both ancient and modern. During November, when the olives are picked and pressed, we are delighted to offer our guests the chance to observe first-hand the production of our award-winning Cafaggio extra virgin olive oil. Joining the pickers in the olive groves to observe the harvesting methods, we also provide an explanation of the characteristics of the olive, after which we go on to visit a modern olive press nearby.
The tasting sessions also include our own Chianti wine and chunky slices of toasted Tuscan bread served with a generous trickle of olive oil, a snack known as fettunta.
From the Benci and the Piccioni families we have inherited a great passion for all forms of artistic expression. For this reason we are delighted when we are asked to organise artistic and cultural initiatives at the Castle and are very happy to make available not only our accommodation but also our skills. We consider it of primary importance that physical and spiritual wellbeing go hand in hand. With the help of maestri and professionals we are extremely happy to arrange weeks devoted to the practice of meditation, yoga and healthy nutrition, during which guests can also benefit from the wellness itineraries in the woods.
Activities in the vicinity
SPORT IN THE HILLS
The Florence Golf Club of Ugolino is just 6 km away and is one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world, set amidst hills dotted with cypress trees, pines and olives. There are several riding stables which organise lessons for beginners as well as trekking routes along the numerous unmade roads of Chianti, winding through vineyards and passing alongside ancient churches. It is also delightful to explore the local countryside by bike, and customised tours can be arranged alternating the cycling with cultural visits and food & wine highlights.
DELIGHTS FOR THE PALATE
We shall help you to discover the best little restaurants and trattorias in the local countryside where you will be able to savour sophisticated and flavoursome variations on the classic dishes of Tuscan cuisine and taste the finest wines produced in this area, with Chianti Classico enjoying pride of place. Guided tours of wine cellars and tastings.
We can advise you on how to buy the very best local food & wine produce and articles of local craftsmanship, and also tell you how to get to the outlets of the most famous high-fashion brands, including Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.
We organised our wedding at the Castle of Cafaggio, an absolutely splendid location for the most wonderful day of our lives.
It was a unique and unforgettable experience! The consummate professional expertise of the entire staff made our event truly special.
Maria & Antony
An inspiring and fun cookery course.
Thanks to a really super cook and teacher, Gabriella, I learnt a lot of the secrets of Tuscan cooking, and about the oil, wine and typical ingredients of this area.
I also met a lot of great people … but more than anything I ate, drank and learnt heaps!
My company organised a working weekend at the Castle of Cafaggio, and I have to say it was a real eye-opener. The atmosphere was perfect for both concentration and relaxation. Combined with the magnificent setting of the estate, a work engagement was transformed into a wonderful holiday too! It’s an experience I strongly recommend.