LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats - Sicilian Splendor

96100 Syracuse, Free municipal consortium of Syracuse, Italy

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16 reviews
Sep 15 - 21, 2024
Group size: 15 - 25
LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats - Sicilian Splendor
96100 Syracuse, Free municipal consortium of Syracuse, Italy

  • Facebook verified
16 reviews

Sep 15 - 21, 2024
Group size: 15 - 25

About this trip

Mark and I are excited to present another Italian adventure next summer in sensational Sicily.

“Sicilia,” Italy’s largest Mediterranean island, is famous for its beautiful beaches, charming villages, medieval cities and ancient ruins and archeological sites.

Sicily is also the place where some of my ancestors come from, making it an extra-special trip for us. In fact, Mark and I just visited my family here this past summer, delighting in all Sicily has to offer.

Now we are thrilled to be sharing some of these Sicilian splendors with all of you this next September!

Highlights of our trip

• Our retreat center is located between Siracusa and Catania, just 15 minutes from the airport.

• Spend a week in an Italian agriturismo—an authentic farmhouse converted into a rustic resort.

• Get fit and energized with our daily fitness classes, including, Pilates, qi gong, and Fit Longevity          

• All classes taught in our fitness studio and on the rooftop patio.

• Cool off in the swimming pools or enjoy a game of tennis.

• Rejuvenate by treating yourself to a massage.

• Indulge in an Italian wine tasting, featuring Sicilian wines and hors d'oeuvres.

• Explore the ancient Greco-Roman city, Siracusa, with its archeological ruins, stunning Duomo, charming cobbled streets, markets and beaches.

• Visit the hilltop city of Taormina and its famous ancient Greek theater with some of the most breathtaking vistas of the crystal-blue Mediterranean and sandy beaches below.

• Enjoy a leisurely hike on the amazing lava lined landscapes of beautiful Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. 

Why you should come

-Mid-September is still summer, but pleasantly less touristy, cooler and more peaceful.

-Make new friends by exploring Italy with a fun, supportive group.

-Our lifestyle retreats offer a little bit of all the good things in life: travel, culture, history, fitness, leisure and recreation.

-There is truly something for everybody. You can participate in as much, or in as little as you like, it’s your holiday.

-We have built a small community of happy travelers who enjoy fitness, great food and good company.

-We are always pleased to meet and have new people in the group. All are welcome—men, women and families.


Set in a citrus grove a couple of miles from the Mediterranean Sea, the agriturismo offers rustic, comfortable accommodations featuring cool stone floors and beamed ceilings.

All rooms are simply furnished and have private en-suite bathrooms, A/C, television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Choice of private single room, or shared double or triple room.


Three delicious meals a day are provided, with the exception of two meals out.

Enjoy healthy, regional Sicilian food. Several ingredients come from the farm or are locally sourced.

House wine is included with dinner. All other alcohol may be purchased separately.

Special diets are accommodated—vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, peanut-free, etc.


Fitness: Improve your health, strength, flexibility and mobility.

▪ Option of 3 daily fitness classes featuring:

▪ LindaFit Pilates, Mark's Fit Longevity, qi gong, yoga, and strength and mobility.

▪ Classes are modified for all levels.

Wellness: De-stress and clear the mind.

▪ Mark's daily gratitude sessions promote positive thinking.

▪ Meditation sessions cultivate inner peace and calm.

Athletics: Swimming and Tennis

▪ Choose from two outdoor swimming pools—one large lap pool and one smaller pool.

▪ Private patio and whirlpool. 

▪ Enjoy a game of tennis* on a grass court.

*Tennis Rackets and balls provided.

Spa Services

▪ Delight in an array of relaxing and therapeutic massages.

Schedule these a la carte treatments at the agriturismo.

Wine Tasting

• Indulge in an Italian wine tasting, featuring Sicilian wines and hors d'oeuvres.

3 Excursions

o Half-day hiking trip to Mount Etna.

o Half-day trip to Siracusa and its remarkable beach.

o Full-day trip to hilltop Taormina and one of its beautiful beaches.

Transfer from Airport

Our retreat center is only 15 minutes from the airport. You may take a cab from and to the airport on arrival and departure, respectively. 

Transfers are not included in your retreat price.

Car Rental

You do not need a car, as we have transport for all our excursions.  

If you would like to rent a car for the week, car rentals are easy, cheap and plentiful—we rented one last year through Sicilybycar. 

Renting a car will give you the freedom to explore more of Sicily on your own if you desire.

You will find the car rentals at the Catania–Fontanarossa Airport, also known as Vincenzo Bellini Airport.

Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable $500 deposit is needed to secure your spot.

Final payments are due by May 15, 2024.

If you cancel by June 15th, 2024, you will be refunded the cost of the trip less the non-refundable $500 deposit.

No refunds after June 15, 2024, but you may sell your spot on the trip.

Insurance Policy

A travel insurance policy is recommended, including trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, accident, emergency assistance and medical assistance.

Subject to change

All details are subject to change in order to improve our clients’ experience.

Applications and Waivers

Applications and waivers must be received and signed.

Service Fees

All fees will be absorbed by the participant.

Payment Plan

The We Travel platform offers a payment plan option.

Feel free to email if you need assistance.

What’s included

  • 6 nights, 7days
    6 nights and 7 days at the Agriturismo Badiula, located between Catania and Siracusa, Sicily
  • Rooms with private bath
    Rooms include private ensuite bathroom, AC, TV, WI-FI and outdoor patio or balcony.  
  • Meals at agriturismo
    Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. *Dinner includes house wine  
  • Daily Fitness classes
    LindaFit Pilates, Mark's Fit Longevity, qi gong, yoga, strength and mobility  
  • Wellness sessions
    Daily gratitude and meditation sessions
  • Swimming pools
    Two outdoor swimming pools and whirlpool
  • Tennis court
    Grass tennis court, balls and racquets
  • Wine tasting
    Sicilian wines and hors d'oeuvres
  • 3 Excursions
    Mount Etna, Taormina and Siracusa
  • Beach time
    We will visit two beaches during the week on our excursions to Siracusa and Taoramina.
  • Personal time
    Every day there is time to swim, sunbathe, read, relax or explore the grounds
  • Airfare
    Airfare not included.
  • Transfers from airport
    Transfers between the Catania airport and the Agriturismo Badiula, on arrival and departure.
  • Alcohol
    Beer, spirits and any wine that is not house wine, which is included with dinner only!
  • 2 meals out
    There will be two meals out during the week

Available Packages

Available until May 15, 2024

Single room with private en-suite bathroom, wi-fi and a/c

Deposit: $500
Available until May 15, 2024

Double room with private en-suite bathroom, wi-fi and a/c

Choice of one double bed or two.

Deposit: $500
Available until May 15, 20245 left

Triple room with private en-suite bathroom, wi-fi and a/c

Choice of one double bed and twin, two double beds, or three twins.

Deposit: $500


Monday, Sept 16th
Half-day trip to Mount Etna

Mount Etna is one of the most monitored volcanoes in the world and we will be visiting only if weather conditions permit!

The Mount Etna park features amazing lava lined landscapes, nature trails, woods and verdant orchards. We will be doing a gentle hike—no mountain climbing. Be sure to bring closed shoes and a windbreaker as it gets windy. If weather conditions do not permit, we will include another excursion instead.

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16 reviews
LindaFit Lifestyle retreats make for the perfect holiday getaway. Visit exotic places, taking in the local art, architecture and topography. Add some personal pool and spa time, plus delicious healthy meals and work it all off in our first-rate fitness classes. The best part-you get to do it all with an amazing group of people. We are delighted to plan all the details and be your hosts. Won't you join us?


The trip was a wonderful experience. Linda and Mark worked so,hard to make sure everyone had a wonderful time. All the people who attended were friendly, interesting and grateful to be a part of the trip. We had wonderful guides for the day trips to Siena and Perugia. The farm was very peaceful and provided excellent meals.
By Fredda B for LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats: La Bella Vita (copy) on Sep 06, 2023
We had such an incredible time on this trip. Mark and Linda fostered a welcoming and fun environment. The trip itself was the perfect blend of fitness, relaxation, and sightseeing. Everything was so thoughtfully organized. The group meals were also a highlight of the trip.
By Jessica C for LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats: La Bella Vita (copy) (copy) on Sep 06, 2023
I had a wonderful trip thanks to LindaFit’s wonderful and careful planning of each day. The written directions she had sent and kept updating until the last minute were clear and helpful, the accommodations were comfortable, the yoga/ Pilates and Qigong activities were fantastic, the planned group excursions were interesting and educational, and the food at the retreat was unbelievably good. I truly enjoyed every minute of this trip thanks to Linda and Mark who researched and planned this wonderful vacation for a diverse group of people who enjoyed being together and are still connecting through a group chat. It was one of my best group traveling experiences. Highly recommended!
By Orna M for LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats: La Bella Vita on Sep 05, 2023
The trip is an enriching mix of unwinding in a unique Umbria location, interesting guided tours, making wonderful new friends, and, of course, a full dose of pilates and other physical/health/meditation experiences. Mark and Linda research and plan the site and tour options, and commit themselves fully not only to offering pilates but to making it a comfortable and fun experience for everyone. I can't think of how this experience could be better.
By Jeffrey D for LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats: La Bella Vita (copy) on Sep 04, 2023
What a fantastic experience and adventure in Italy. Linda and Mark did an outstanding job of coordinating a trip that truly fed mind, body and spirit. I traveled with my daughter, and we both enjoyed all aspects of the trip: the company, the excursions, the meet and greet in Florence and the serenity and beauty of the Umbrian countryside at yeh Locanda. Would not hesitate to travel with them again in the future.
By Julie L for LindaFit Lifestyle Retreats: La Bella Vita (copy) (copy) on Sep 04, 2023
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