I wanted to pop and quickly chat about an upcoming trip I’m headed on and I figured I should write a little post about my travels before I head out.
Soon, I’ll be off to Italy where I’m headed on a culinary/yoga retreat with a group of amazing people: some chefs, some yogi’s and some who are just looking for a getaway. We will be staying in Umbria: an Italian region bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche. Often called the country’s green heart, it’s known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines. So clearly, it’s the perfect spot to retreat, get into some good cooking and downward dogs.
If you don’t know, I’m a newbie to yoga – regardless of how I currently train and my personal strength, yoga is new to me so I’m looking forward to spending a week really trying to get the most of out it.
L’anima, is being run by two people I truly admire: Rob Gentile, the amazing Chef behind the Buca Restaurants and his stunning wife Audrey who is a phenomenal yoga instructor and wellness expert; essentially they are the dynamic duo.
I’m going on this trip with a fellow lady chef friend of mine (aka the workwife) and I don’t think this could have come at a better time! I’m looking for a little mental reset, some new inspiration and a little passion rejuvenation. I’ve never been to Italy (shocking I know) and this is something I’ve wanted to do for years – and now that it’s happening I can’t believe it’s real.
I plan to eat ALL THE FOOD, no restrictions or hesitations because I want to embrace all the beautiful food this country has to offer. We have a pretty awesome itinerary laid out consisting of wine tours, farm tours, truffle hunting, cooking classes and yoga. In our free time we can do whatever we wish (including the spa and shop!) We ended up booking a couple extra nights in Rome so we can have a slightly extended trip and squeeze in bit more of this amazing country….and pizza + wine.
In terms of exercise, no gym BUT we start every day with 90 minutes of Vinyasa yoga and end the day with 60 minutes of restorative yoga. So there will be plenty of movement, plus I’m sure walking/hiking.
This will be one of most inspiring weeks I’ve had since New York and I really can’t wait to soak up every minute. I will not be blogging while I’m there, but I will do a 2-3 part series when I return to recap the adventure, I need to turn my brain off for a little while!
However I’ll be posting on Snap Chat (Cheftucci) and Instagram (StephanieTucci) mainly, so you can follow along as I attempt to speak Italian, forage amazing food, explore and eat…obviously.
I’ll catch you guys on Social Media 🙂
~ Chef Steph