Join Good Housekeeping health editor Julie Powell in the Italian countryside for our first-ever four-day fitness break
Tuscany has a beauty all of its own, with its emerald hills,
lush vineyards and olive groves, and it benefits from long sunny
days well into autumn. This makes it the ideal setting for an
autumn health and fitness break, so we've partnered with Flavours
Holidays to offer Good Housekeeping readers just that.
We know that doing Pilates is one of your favourite ways to keep
supple and in shape, and so we've designed a holiday catering for
all ages and abilities. You'll be met at Pisa Airport and then
taken by private transfer to one of the beautiful historic Flavours
Holidays villas, which have outdoor pools and gorgeous grounds for
you to relax in, full of almond and olive trees.
Flavours Holidays has a team of professional Pilates teachers
who'll lead daily group classes, as well as a one-to-one session at
the villa, with all the equipment you need provided. Plus, you'll
be treated to healthy, home-cooked Italian food made by excellent
local chefs and enjoy dinner at a trattoria on one evening,
Good Housekeeping health editor Julie
Powell, a keen Pilates fan herself, will be your host at
the villa on the September 28 departure. She'll take part in an
informal Q&A session with you and join you for some of the
classes. For October departure,
please see here.
You will also have spare time to explore the local area, with
highlights including the Palazzo Pubblico and Siena Cathedral. This
is a great opportunity to improve your core strength and tone your
body, as well as relax and make new friends in the Italian sun.
Expert Pilates classes
Pilates classes will be led by experts who teach the Body Control
technique, a method of Pilates that helps people get fit and toned.
In most classes, you'll be part of a small group and you will also
get one-to-one tuition, as well as a personalised programme to take
With the cooking taken care of, you'll have time to sit back and
enjoy the views from the terrace of your villa. It's a great base
from which to explore the Tuscan countryside or Siena's narrow
cobbled streets and vibrant squares.