A wild interlude
While traditional medical schools have always recognized the benefits of forests to human health, scientific researchers have only recently begun to look into the subject. Today a growing number of studies tend to demonstrate the positive physiological impacts derived from a proximity to nature.
These studies noted numerous physiological impacts:
Reduction of stress and irritability
Improvement of the Profile of Mood States
Reduction of Salivary Cortisol levels
Increased activity of natural killer cells
Increased immunoglobulin levels A, G and M.
These impacts affect a significant number of physical and psychological parameters. Regular and prolonged walks in the forest like Japanese « Shinrin-Yoku » would amplify these beneficial effects, while awakening your senses to the many interactions the forest can offer.
We offer a range of activities (Starting on July 2017) allowing our guests to benefit from these advantages through a total immersion in the heart of this preserved nature. Your stay will be an opportunity to strengthen your connection with the wilderness, to sharpen your senses, to learn to observe, taste, feel, and listen to nature.
Yoga sessions can be performed daily in different locations such as the bamboo grove, cork oak forest, English garden, etc.
Set on the terrace of a medieval tower, are two massage tables offering the luxury of a massage while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of this exceptional panorama.
In an intimate turret in the middle of medieval ruins, we decided to introduce you to the Furo: this traditional Japanese treatment takes place in a heated wooden bath, which can be embellished with petals or leaves known for their relaxing virtues (roses, silver lime, etc.). This treatment can be combined with a massage of the scalp for a moment of total relaxation.
Several circuits for cycling and Nordic walking can be recommended, guided or not.
The ultimate when it comes to horses, these descendants from the legendary Sbardella stables, will take you back through the centuries as well as around the domain in true "Butteri" style, the traditional Italian cowboys associated with the Maremmana cow breeding. There are more than 200 of these superb cows on the estate.
In an old drinking trough fully renovated, we propose a striking experience: a relaxing bath, in the middle of nature, where only the song of birds is perceptible.
A pedagogical journey in which our beekeeper will explain the crucial role of bees as well as the process of honey making.
The agricultural production of the domain has been organic since the 70’s, using only traditional seeds. Our four "natural gardens" offer their vegetables throughout the year. Upon request, thematic cooking classes can be arranged (cooking with wild plants, traditional regional cuisine, homemade bread, etc.).
We offer a complete range of natural herbal teas from our own production. To drink without moderation. New terraces will be set up in the heart of the ruins to allow you to benefit from the exceptional environment of Torrecchia.
These slow walks in the forest, only a few kilometers away, guided or not, will allow you to fully benefit from the magnificence of the forest: the rustle of the leaves, humus fragrance, filtered light, birdsong. Different routes will be recommended and a guide for forest-bathing will be available.
On top of the historical Torrecchia tower, an observation post provides an exceptional 360° panoramic view and invites you to experience the richness of the ecosystem through the observation of the rare birds and other raptors present on the estate. At nightfall, this observation post offers an excellent view of a star littered sky.
To disconnect from modern society gives us an opportunity to reconsider our relationship with the world, with consumerism, and realize that we have within the means to feed and heal ourselves. It is, however, essential to learn how to recognize the wide variety of plants and wild herbs that grow spontaneously around be devised catering to the interest of the participants, and a pedagogical path can be adapted for children.