Join us in Umbria, Italy

Take a peek behind the curtain and let us show you the authentic, peaceful, and beautiful Italian way of life.

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authentic italy

Join us for six nights and seven days in Umbria, Italy. Known as the Green Heart of Italy, this vibrant region is known for its artistic and historical treasures, friendly people, incredible wines, delicious, clean local fare, and pristine forests and valleys.. A truly bespoke, uncrowded, unrushed, behind the scenes experience of all that authentic Italy has to offer.

La Dolce Vita awaits you! 

dates available

April 15 - April 21, 2024

September 21 - September 27, 2024 

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Here are just a few of the exciting activities planned for our time in Umbria

  • A private wine tasting at one of Italy’s most exclusive wineries 
  • trips to surrounding historic hilltop villages 
  • Meals at several local farm-to-table restaurants
  • A private cooking class on a local family’s lavender farm 
  • A day trip to Florence with a visit to Michelangelo’s David
  • And the day our guests have been asking for - a full village day including a beautiful stroll through the valley below, lunch and wine under the fig tree with some of our local friends, an afternoon massage, and dinner in a local trattoria. 
  • A private wine tasting at one of Italy’s most exclusive wineries 
  • trips to surrounding historic hilltop villages 
  • Meals at several local farm-to-table restaurants
  • A private cooking class on a local family’s lavender farm 
  • A day trip to Florence with a visit to Michelangelo’s David
  • And the day our guests have been asking for - a full village day including a beautiful stroll through the valley below, lunch and wine under the fig tree with some of our local friends, an afternoon massage, and dinner in a local trattoria. 

*All itineraries will be finalized 30 days before your adventure.

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The Beauty & Tranquility of Italy Are Calling

From our beautiful lodgings in a picturesque medieval village, to pasta-making classes on a nearby farm, to evenings gathered with friends at the village bar, you’ll love experiencing Italy like a local. If you’re ready to explore beyond the big sights and crowded cities, and see what makes Italian life so sweet, you will love our Authentic Italy trip. 

  • All lodging in a beautifully restored former monastery (single and double rooms available)
  • All wine and meals - clean, delicious, and locally grown and prepared
  • All excursions, activities and entrance tickets
  • A local tour guide 
  • All transportation 
  • And much more 

  • All lodging in a beautifully restored former monastery (single and double rooms available)
  • All wine and meals - clean, delicious, and locally grown and prepared
  • All excursions, activities and entrance tickets
  • A local tour guide 
  • All transportation 
  • And much more 

Your Adventure Includes 

Starting at $3000
Airfare not included.

dates available

April 15 - April 21, 2024

September 21 - September 27, 2024 

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— Lyndsay A.

Our time in this beautiful place was like a dream. As we drove through the mountains toward the village we couldn’t believe all the livestock, vineyards, and ancient hilltop cities along the way. At one point we were driving slowly up a mountain with the windows down, and [my son] yelled, “I feel like my heart’s about to pop! It’s beautiful!!!

— Lorrain L.

We just felt so, so at home with the hosts and all the guests, it was truly like family. While we can give recommendations for activities outside of the retreat, the retreat was THE best part. It was such a local experience, that you can’t get traveling in Italy on your own, even with the assistance of the hotel or the recommendations of past guests.

— Crystal M.

The Retreat was the perfect getaway. Nothing felt hurried nor rushed but somehow we did saw and did so much. The property we stayed in was lovely with a magnificent view of the city. The gardens and former monastery were spectacular but that only scratches the surface. It was both serene and energizing. It was a beautiful and spiritual experience. Our hosts made sure we were comfortable, happy, and the dining was incredible. I have traveled to Italy several times but I had never enjoyed and experienced ‘authentic’ Italy as we did on the Retreat. Prepare to be spoiled and enjoy every minute of it.

— Sislyn C.

Upon arrival in Lubriano, the countryside of Italy with its breathtaking views, we were greeted by our hosts. Our days were filled with activities and leisurely tours of the local markets, stores and sightseeing tours. I’m a foodie, so I especially enjoyed some of the most succulent meals prepared by the chefs in the village. And I must mention our early morning walks into the village to sit and enjoy the best espressos ever. There’s something about the country air, or maybe it was the delicious wine. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys traveling and wants to indulge in a one of a kind unique experience!

— Joye M.

Truly the best trip of my life! Lubriano has my heart. Such a beautifully curated, perfectly paced, and lovingly guided experience! So wonderful to explore and savor Italy in a personal and intimate journey, we cannot wait to go back!

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Where is the retreat held?

This retreat is held in the beautiful, charming village of Lubriano. Lubriano is an ancient, historic medieval town, set in a fairy tale landscape. The locals are warm, welcoming, and proud to share their village with us.

How Do I Get To Lubriano?

We provide transfers from Rome to Lubriano at fixed times. If your schedule doesn’t line up with our transfer times, there are many trains to choose from - we’ll help you book the best one and pick you up at the train station.

Can you accommodate food allergies?

General dietary preferences can typically be accommodated. If you have severe food allergies please discuss with us before registering.

Who would enjoy this retreat?

Everyone! We’ve had college students, seniors, singles, families, couples, and everyone in between. Our youngest solo guest was 18, and our oldest was 80. We rely heavily on choosing places and activities that restore and lend perspective but feel simultaneously celebratory and uplifting.

Where do we stay?

Our restored monastery boasts several generously sized flats which we have beautifully outfitted for guests. Each flat has its own kitchen, living room, and dining space. When needed we procure flats within a short walking distance from the monastery that meet our criteria and ensure your comfort. 

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Founder of Casa Erica Travel and proud owner of the Casa Erica property in Lubriano, Heather is delighted to share the magic of Italy with curious travelers.

Heather Deyo

your trip host

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Adventure Awaits

We can’t wait to share with you the magic of Authentic Italy! Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today.

dates available

April 15 - April 21, 2024

September 21 - September 27, 2024 

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Have more questions before you book? We’d love to answer them! Fill out the form on our contact page, let us know which retreat you are interested in and any questions you may have. We’ll be happy to answer them over email or schedule a phone call. 

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