Our base centre is in the picture-perfect village of Casperia, situated in the heart of the Sabina mountains. It is totally pedestrianised, with fewer than 350 inhabitants, and is one of the last villages of Italy untouched by mass tourism.
All of the houses in which Sunflower Retreats' guests stay are within a couple of minutes walk from each other and from our yoga studios, breakfast lounge and treatment rooms. Your walk will take you through the winding cobbled streets of castle-like medieval centre of Casperia.
The medieval structure and atmosphere of the village give you a unique feeling of being in a historic place in time-gone-by. A place of natural beauty surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forest-covered mountains, Casperia is a hilltop village where you can watch the changing scenery from every angle. The night sky is a star-covered phenomenon not to be missed!
Casperia is beautiful and it literally took my breath away… truly a magic environment for yoga. I didn’t want to leave!
A Jordan, 202
Our location in central Italy
The map of central Italy shows Casperia, where our retreats and yoga holidays are held. Casperia is in the Italian region of Lazio, close to Umbria and Tuscany and includes all the best features of these regions.
Our location is very convenient with easy access to Rome, the capital of Italy (1 hour) and Rome airport (90 minutes) by frequent bus and train services running from Casperia. Rome is the centre of Italian culture and art offering historic sites, cafes, restaurants and fashion, as well as good transport links to the rest of the world.
Casperia is in the province of Rieti where the valley of Saint Francis of Assisi lies, with his four main hermitages set in the mountains. This is where the saint gave his teachings to the world. We are 2 hours from Assisi and 1 hour from Orvieto, famous for its wine, ceramics, architecture and art.
From sitting on the balcony looking at the beautiful sunset beyond the horizon, to hearing the gentle sounds in the village in the morning… Casperia is a delightful place.
Local specialities and food
Casperia and its surroundings are famous for:
- Wild mushrooms
- Fresh organic seasonal fruit and vegetables
- Local bread, bruschetta, panzanella and real Italian pizza
- Many varieties of fresh pasta
- Local cow, sheep and goats cheeses, and delicious organic ice creams
- Our local Sabina Biological Olive Oil is recognised as amongst the best in the world.
- Santa Lucia and Ratto di Sabina are good local red and white wines.
- Pure mountain spring drinking water
Local Restaurants and places to eat in Casperia
The Sabina area has a selection of excellent restaurants providing an atmosphere of the real Italy and a good range of delicious dishes and wines. We organise group transport to local restaurants in the countryside for people wanting to sample Sabina cuisine. In Casperia itself, there are two restaurants where guests can eat in the evenings