Yoga lessons at Bar Italia

The newly renovated Bar Italia in Ponte a Serraglio is now home to yoga lessons held by Heather Newmarch.

Bar Italia

Heather is a qualified personal trainer, yoga instructor (Hatha and Ashtanga), qualified in sports nutrition and is a Reiki Master. She specialises in rehabilitation after injuries. She owned and ran a gym in the U.K. before moving to Bagni di Lucca. She enjoys helping people reach their health and fitness goals.

Heather says that yoga is great for flexibility, strength, stress relief and general wellbeing. She prefers to teach small groups to enable personal attention and to allow freedom of movement.

Yoga classes are held in the large room above the bar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00am and each session is one hour. Yoga mats are provided. All levels are catered for and beginners are welcome.

Yoga at Bar Italia

After classes people are welcome to stay on and socialise at the bar and enjoy a coffee or tea. I would certainly add one of Annalisa’s delicious pastries or sandwiches.

Bar Italia

Please contact Heather at if you wish to enquire about lessons. Each lesson costs €10.

Yoga retreat

Tuscany Arts and Healing is organising a yoga retreat day on 26th May. Joann Connington will conduct the retreat at the very beautiful I Romiti del Torrente in Fabbriche di Vallico. It is a former Augustinian monastery high above the River Torrite.

Tuscany Arts and Healing

The class will be taught in English and is suitable for all levels of ability. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served on the terrace (weather permitting)

The cost for the day is €75 which includes yoga instruction, all yoga props, vegetarian lunch and resfreshments.

For more details please email

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Yoga Retreat Day

Joann Connington, renowned yoga teacher, in conjunction with Tuscany Arts and Healing, is conducting a Yoga Retreat Day on Saturday 24th October, at I Romiti, in Fabriche di Vallico.

Yoga Retreat Day

Yoga Retreat Day

The autumn fires will be lit and a delicious autumn themed lunch will be served.

The Yoga Retreat Day will be conducted in English and offer a gentle flow of postures with consistent attention to the breath.

The emphasis in the morning will be on more dynamic postures that provide a strong foundation for the day. In the afternoon the focus will be on restful and restorative poses that will relax the body and still the mind. The day will finish with a short meditation.

Yoga retreat day

The cost for the day is €75, inclusive of yoga instruction, props, lunch, and all refreshments.

For more information please look at

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A day of yoga

Jane Parkinson from Tuscany Arts and Healing is organising a Yoga Retreat Day at the beautiful I Romiti del Torrente in Fabbriche di Vallico on Saturday 13th June. The day begins at 10.00am and the programme ends at 5.00pm.

The experienced instructor, Joann Connington, will help you to enjoy a restorative day of Hatha Yoga. The cost for the day is €75, which includes the yoga, lunch and all refreshments.

I Romiti del Torrente is a 13th century Augustinian Monastery in a beautiful setting.

I Romiti del Torrente

Fabbriche di Vallico

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Jane at…

Or call (39) 3453140844