Get Ready for Your Retreat Experience
Our private Villa is close to Forte Dei Marmi, on the Etruscan Coast of Italy. Your home for the retreat is nestled amidst the rolling hills and has all you need for a comfortable stay.
In Forte dei Marmi, the summers are short, warm, humid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 4°C to 29°C and is rarely below -1°C or above 32°C.
Your Retreat weather looks set to have an average of 23°C during the day and 14°C through the night.
Your detailed itinerary will be explained upon arrival so you have plenty of time to prepare for the activities each day.
The Retreat starts at 2pm on September 19 and finishes at 11am on September 24.
We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time after the Retreat ends for integration and to continue on your journey either home or elsewhere.
If you would like us to arrange your transfer, please contact email@example.com. Please make sure that your arrival time to FLR is no later than 11am so that you can arrive at the Retreat for the start time of 2pm.
If you would like to arrange your own transfer, we will transport you from Forte Dei Marmi to the Villa. Please be ready for pickup in Forte dei Marmi by 1:30pm. The precise pick-up location will be sent to you 1 week before the retreat.
Rental Car: There are many rental car agencies available from the airport. Economy cars for the duration start at around AU$450.
Train: Catch the train from Florence to Forte dei Marmi.
AIRPORT to FIRENZE:
- Take the TRAMVIA – TRAMWAY LINE T2 from FLR Airport into Firenze.
- Hire a Taxi – the minimum fare is EUR22 + small additional fee per luggage item
FIRENZE to FORTE DEI MARMI:
- Firenze Santa Maria Novella > Forte Dei Marmi. The fare is EUR11.90 Book your tickets direct with Trenitalia
Private Transfer: Private transfers are available for one or more travelers. Companies like Connecto can help you with these.
If you are traveling from outside of Europe you may need a power adaptor. When looking for an adapter, choose one with 2 round pins. This type of adapter is common in Europe and also in South East Asia.
The Euro (EUR) is the local currency in Italy. (i.e. €1,23 is 1 Euros & 23 Cents)
1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 are in the form of coins.
€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 are available in notes.
All EU / EEA nationals will only need to present an identification document to enter Italy due to the common travel area of the Schengen Zone, part of which Italy is.
In the meantime, if you are a non-EU/EEA traveller wishing to visit Italy, San Marino or the Vatican, you will need to present the following at the Italian port of entry in order to be permitted to enter:
- A valid passport or travel document. Valid for at least three more months beyond their planned date of Exit from Schengen and issued within the last ten years.
- A visa – if they are subject to the Italian visa regime.
Other documents, such as an invitation letter from an Italian host, proof you have the financial means for a trip to Italy or a round-trip ticket, may be required from you. For more information in this regard, contact the local consular services of Italy in your country of residence.
Moreover, the Italian border officer may ask you a few questions related to your trip to Italy, i.e.:
- What is your purpose for visiting Italy?
- How long do you intend to stay in Italy?
- Where are you going to stay in Italy? Etc.
Note that the Italian border police hold the final decision if you shall be permitted to enter Italy or not. If the Italian border officer concludes that you are at no risk for Italy, upon checking your documents, you will be permitted to enter Italy.
Please, make sure that the Italian border officer stamps your passport when you enter Italy. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained in Italy.
You will need a short-stay visa to enter Italy and any other member country of the Schengen zone if you belong to one of the following categories:
- You are the national of a third country that has not reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states
- You are the national of a third country that has signed a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states, but you were previously rejected from entering Italy or any other Schengen country.
If you are unsure of Visa requirements, please contact the Italian Consulate in your country at least 2 months before you depart to ensure that you can safely enter the country.
Fy in/out via Florence airport, Italy (FLR) for your Retreat.
Florence Airport, Peretola (IATA: FLR, ICAO: LIRQ), Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola and formally Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is the international airport of Florence, the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany.
Scroll down for a sample packing list to help with a smooth experience. Please feel free to use this as a base for your preparation.
Sample Packing List
Things you will need on your journey to and from:
- Ensure you have luggage: a suitcase or bag/s to carry everything in
- Pack enough to be underweight for your airline carrier
- Pack just enough food for your travel. Airline and airport food is not always ‘you’ friendly
Ideas to make your journey more comfortable:
- Suitcases, backpack
- Itinerary, maps and directions
- Language guide, travel guide
- Travel pillow, sleeping mask, earplugs
- Luggage tags
- Pens and paper, journal
- Snacks, drinks
- Clothes that are comfortable
- Wrap, sarong, or something dual-purpose that will keep you warm if needed
Be sure to keep your documents secure and with you at all times!
- Passport (with necessary Visa if required)
- Tickets for airline, train, bus
- Copies of passport, tickets, etc
- Boarding pass
- Drivers license
- Health insurance card
- List of medications, letter of prescription
- Travel insurance
Although during your Retreat you will have very few expenses (your itinerary at the experience is covered, except for things you choose to spend your money on like souvenirs or gratuities) you may need local currency before and after.
- Local currency
- Emergency money
- Credit card, debit card
- Money belt
Be sure to keep your cords nice and tidy to avoid delays through security screenings at airports!
- Power adapter (if you need it)
- Cellphone, charger
- Photo camera, memory card, charger
- Laptop, iPad or tablet, e-reader, chargers
- Travel adapter and converter
Bring clothes with you that are suitable for your upcoming climate and only enough for what you think you will actually wear. Remember, comfort is key during a Retreat!
- Swimsuit, sarong
- Shirts, polos
- Jeans, trousers, shorts
- Dresses, skirts
- Shoes, sneakers (good walking shoes)
- Flipflops, slippers
- Jackets, coats, raincoats
- Belts, ties
- Scarves, hats, gloves
Having everything you feel you need can help make your Retreat more comfortable but if you do happen to forget something, most countries have the basics readily available.
- Toothbrush, paste, dental floss
- Tweezers (not in carry-on though)
- Soap, shampoo, conditioner
- Face wash cloth
- Nail care
- Feminine hygiene
- Makeup, makeup remover
- Shaving supplies
- Skin products
- Brush, comb, hair products
- Glasses, contact lenses & supplies
Pack the following to make sure you can fully enjoy your Retreat:
- Swimsuit and big towel
- Sarong (if you prefer one)
- Yoga/Exercise mat
- Walking shoes
- Bug Repellant
- Books, e-books, magazines
Additional info and items you may want to include to maintain comfort and health during your trip:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract (pills or capsules): This strong antibacterial extract helps ward off any unfamiliar microbes that could cause cramping or gut imbalance
- Senna Leaf tea, Triphila herb, or Smooth Move tea: To alleviate constipation
- Probiotics (any variety that doesn’t need refrigeration): Helps support the gut during travel
- Hand Sanitizer and/or wipes: Handy when on outings and after handling money
- Tissue packs: Handy for off the beaten track outings where toilet paper isn’t provided
- Use Packing Cubes: Available on Amazon with mesh pockets so clothes can breathe: Divide into Active wear, winter wear, summer wear, underwear
- Pack lightweight clothes that dry quickly
- Pack layers instead of bulky items
- Pack an old pillow case for dirty clothes
- Roll clothes, fill shoes with socks
- Pack heavy items on wheel-side so the bag is not top-heavy
- If planning to check bags, pack one as if it’s a carry-on in case only 1 bag is allowed
- Pack for overnight travel in your carry-on in case luggage goes missing
Make Travel-Life Easier with Travel Accessories:
- Backup phone charger
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs