About – Italy Country Stay

Via Piana is located just down the hill from the small village of Pescosolido, at the foot of the mountains of Abruzzi National Park. The area around the guest house is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Italy; mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, wildlife and many interesting ruins, churches, castles and abbeys. Unlike most beautiful areas in Italy, this one isn't filled with tourists.

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The guest rooms are in an old traditional stone house that has two beautiful terraces with views of the mountains and the valley. The house is in a very small Italian village, you'll be immersed in a kind of Italian lifestyle, that you can only see in the quiet, non touristy countryside. You will see our neighbours walking by tending to their vineyards and olive groves, or ambling through the fields with their sheep.

Enjoy real Italian countryside!

Forcella, Lazio, Italia
Sick of big cities and stressful sightseeing?This places offers peace and tranquility and a taste of the untouched Italian countryside.This area is not touristy (even though very close to Rome) so...
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The surrounding area offers many activities for you to enjoy, such as hiking up the mountains or exploring nearby villages. There is a day hike to a waterfall in the mountains of Abruzzi National Park, or you can walk into the lively town of Sora. We will give you a detailed description of all the things you can do in the area during the check in and of course you can always ask us for further advice on what to do and see while you are here. Besides all the things you can do without us, we also offer organized activities such as horseback riding, a cooking class, a visit to a traditional cheese making shepherd and much more.

Our location gives you the best of both worlds: staying in the peaceful countryside, waking up to birds singing; without sacrificing the advantages of being close to a town. Sora is a bigger town (approx. 35,000 inhabitants) and has lots to offer in terms of restaurants, gelaterias, coffee shops, bars and shopping. It is accessible on foot (though it is steep to walk back up) or by bus, the distance from the guest house is 6 km (3.7 miles). There is a beautiful river that runs through the town and a historic centre where you can wander around.

Every Thursday morning there is a large outdoor market in Sora, which is a great way to get fresh local goods and to experience local culture. For people interested in hiking there is a shorter hike of about 45 min up to a castle ruin overlooking the town.

The place is quiet and authentic and it will be ideal after you have been travelling through big touristy cities. It allows you to experience the beautiful Italian countryside and really relax in a safe community.

Castle in Sora - Italy Country Stay

What distinguishes our project, is that we are the only ones in the area that work with international tourists. Here you can meet people from all over the world that come stay in the beautiful non-touristy Italian countryside. A real undiscovered gem where you can bask in the beauty of Italy.

We have years of experience working with groups up to 50 people. We are highly adaptable to satisfy specific needs and interests based on the type of group. We already arranged workshops before. In the past years we have come more in contact with Yoga related projects and we planning to set up Yoga Seminars. Our place offers the perfect ambience to relax and forget about your everyday problems. Another workshop we are planning is a permaculture course. 

Read our Reviews : 


Review by Anonymous

November 12, 2019

"A little paradise"
It was the perfect Yoga-retreat! The guesthouse is a nice old house that lets you feel beeing really in italy. The rooms are rustic with a lot of charm. Anna is very friendly and helpfull and made me feel like beeing at a families place. And she is a great chef! I loved the incredible dishes!!! The yoga was amazing. The location is just perfect. Away from all the hustle of the city, but still quite near to have a coffee or buy some stuff you need at a supermarket oer the market. And there a lot of activities in the area: hiking, horse-riding, cooking-classes... just everything you need to have a relaxing time!


Review by Dagmara Sygulla from Germany

September 6, 2019

We had a wonderful time at Anna’s place. She and Michael made the stay very special and magic.


Review by Léa Barbisan from United States

August 26, 2019

"Super relaxing week at Anna's!"
The location is very beautiful and quiet, the rooms are simple but large and clean, the beds are comfortable. It's a minor point, but we would have loved to have some cushions for the deck chairs as well as parasols in order to be able to relax and read on the beautiful terrace during the hot summer afternoons. Anna's food is simply amazing, delicious and healthy, she is the nicest host! The yoga lessons with Alina and Jenny were great, they were absolutely worth waking up at 7am :)!


Review by Anonymous

August 3, 2019

"Un stage vraiment à la carte?"
Pratiquer à notre rythme. Dépasser nos limites. Apprendre de nouvelles postures une nouvelle approche. Aller vraiment au plus profond. Tout cela dans le cadre d’une profonde écoute de nos besoins et d’une grande sympathie.


Review by Johanna Pollet from Germany

July 24, 2019

"Wunderbare Woche in der Via Piana"
Für eine Woche bezogen wir das Studio in der Via Piana und hatten täglich jeden morgen 90 min Yogaunterricht. Frühstück und Abendessen war in unserem Paket ebenfalls mit drin. Für uns war es ein absuluter Wohlfühlurlaub. Sehr ruhig und ja, friedvoll:). Besonders toll war das köstliche Essen, auf das wir uns jeden Abend noch mehr gefreut haben und der schöne Yogaunterricht. Das Studio ist super ausgestattet und angenehm kühl. Wir haben die ganze Woche über sehr gut geschlafen. Wir würden empfehlen mit dem Auto anzureisen um die tolle Region selbststendig erkunden zu können. Außerdem ist es ratsam ordentlich Mückenschutz dabei zu haben. Insgesamt sind wir immer noch ganz beglückt von diesem schönen Urlaub! Liebe Anna, tausend Dank!


Review by John Wisse from Netherlands

July 22, 2019

"What a unique place to stay."
The unforgettable hospitality of Anna who runs the place. Great yoga of Brigitte and the nice mindful people I met.



Review by Nina Lehti from Finland

July 9, 2019

"Perfect holiday at Via Piana"
I had the perfect stay at Via Piana! Anna was super nice and flexible too. I rented a car and went for a hike in Abruzzi, she provided me with maps and checked something for me by calling a friend and organized an evening yoga class instead of the morning class. I also did a couple of other hikes closer to Via Piana but they were still more accessible by car. I loved the food and the location. Wasn't hard to get there, just took some time. Definitely recommend this holiday for everyone and especially Finns and Scandinavian people, you need to experience this Italian dream!


Review by Rana Nazih from Egypt

June 29, 2019

"The best escape from the city "
Anna is the best host and the place is very relaxing, clean and filled with nature all around. The found Anna prepared was heart filling and you also can’t miss the organic wine. The daily trips and drives to the cooking school were also something I looked forward too. Learned so much about basic Italian cooking and ate the wonderful meals prepared daily in the amazing national park where the school is located.


Review by Walter Kmet from Australia

June 1, 2019

"A wonderful experience"
We loved the hospitality and Caterina’s cooking classes followed by a lovely long lunch eating what we cooked. The area is so rich in scenery and hilltop towns to explore by car. The accomodation was comfortable and very clean. Anna our host was always available to help for whatever we needed. We really enjoyed our stay and would come to the region and stay again.


Review by Liz Fox from Italy

May 24, 2019

"Life changing experience"
I loved everything about this stay. First of all the area is extremely beautiful. Surrounded by nature and mountains. The rooms are decorated with lots of love and care. We had amazing dinners every night. It was a lot of vegetables which I loved. Not just Pasta and Pizza. Overall there is a very warm and sincere atmosphere at the place. It is a very small place with only few guests at a time, so it is very personal. Anna, the owner, makes her best efforts to make your stay comfortable. I felt so welcome there. And then the Reiki of course, was my highlight. Linda, the Reiki teacher, introduced me to it and slowly and carefully guided me into Reiki. I loved every moment of it and I think it has made a lasting impact on my life. I see certain things changing and improving thanks to Reiki. Thank you so much for that. I definitely got the best out of this experience.


Review by Marta Reis from Portugal

May 21, 2019

"Hidden Gem!!"
This area is a hidden gem! I came to Via Piana with a car and that allowed me to explore this amazing region. The landscapes here are unbelievably beautiful, for sure something I was not expecting! Anna's place is very rustic and simple and at the same time it surrounds you with a warm, cosy atmosphere. I had a cooking class and it was totally worth it, I really liked it! It was very basic, well explained, it was a real Italian experience 🙂 I had a yoga lesson every morning and it was something that I would not dismiss at all. I felt like it was a great way to start the day. I know that there where also several types of massages available but unfortunately I did not have time to book one. It was an amazing experience that I will not forget and I for sure recommend it to anyone who likes nature, healthy food, pure fresh air and astonishing landscapes!!! 😀


Review by Carolin Strecker from United States

May 17, 2019

"Erholsame Tage im Grünen"
Die Gastgeberin Anna hat am Rande der Abruzzen ein kleines Paradies geschaffen und teilt dies glücklicherweise mit ihren Gästen. Die Zimmer in den kleinen Steinhäuschen sind ansprechend gestaltet und mit allem ausgestattet, was man braucht. Anna kocht selbst- gesund und lecker- und serviert dazu ihren eigenen Wein. Die Atmosphäre ist durch die kleine Gruppengröße sehr familiär. Alles ist grün, die Schafe blöken beim Frühstück und der Start in den Tag mit Yoga ist perfekt.



Review by Susan Gorman from Australia

April 29, 2019

"Rejuvenate mind and body"
The serene location, opportunities for solitude as well as our daily yoga practice provided rejuvenation of body and mind. Our host, Anna and her helpers were welcoming and the food delicious.


Review by Alex Cutts from United States

April 21, 2019

"Peaceful, nourishing stay at Via Piana."
Anna has created an environment that feels as if you are coming home when you visit Via Piana. My room was incredibly comfortable and had amazing views of Sora. Anna's food is amazing. It was always nourishing, plentiful and always appreciated after a days walking in the hills! The yoga was fantastic. I had been interested in hatha for a while. The teacher made it accessible and interesting guiding you through the asanas with instruction and background information. Consequently, everyday was started with a boost of energy! I can see myself going back to Via Piana!



Review by Rebecca Jensen from Sweden

October 31, 2018

"A perfect retreat at the right time in life"
I loved the tranquillity of the retreat, the lovely surroundings, the peace and quite. The food was amazing and my room was more of an apartment with private kitchen, sleeping room and bathroom. The sun deck provided a great place to sit and eat, read or just enjoy the sun and peacefulness. Anna was very helpful when I needed anything. I also enjoyed talking to Dalma, who was helping out at the retreat. The yoga instructors were also very friendly and excellent at providing yoga at the right level. My overall impression is definitely very good and although this retreat was booked ahead of time, I realized that the timing couldn´t have been better. I really needed a break and some peace and quite in life and thats exactly what I got.



Review by Rosie Trachtman from Italy

September 8, 2018

"A wonderful and relaxing retreat in a beautiful place"
The yoga vacation at Anna's place was perfect, just what I needed to relax. The place is located in a small village in Italy, in a gorgeous area surounded by nature. The yoga lessons were well taught by a friendly and warm teacher. My room was clean and welcoming. The food was amazing, despite my dietary restrictions (I am a vegan), and Anna made sure to always prepare lots of local vegetable dishes. I found the fact that the place was small and that there weren't always lot's of people around to be really relaxing. That meant that I was able to build nice relationships with the few other guests, and I had a lot of time to be on my own and relax. I would highly recomend this vacation option to anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful place to relax and practice yoga. Thank you for everything Anna! I will definately come back for more!



Review by Anonymous

September 2, 2018

"Yoga and Italy...just wonderful"
I had a wonderful time at Anna's place. The area is completely undiscovered by tourism and it's so much fun to be out there in the untouched Italian countryside. I loved taking walks from the house between the olive groves and vineyard. The yoga with Elaine was really fantastic. She made sure the class was tailored exactly to my personal needs and was always there to listen to me after class. One of the highlights definitely was Anna's delicious home cooked food. Every night we get a two course vegetarian wholesome menu. The place convinces you not because it's fancy or polished but you can feel the love and care behind everything. The rooms are very charming too with lot's of cute little details. I also loved that our group was very small and for a couple of days it was just me and one other person. It was a special time to be alone by myself without any distractions. I highly recommend this place.



Review by Caroline Dengler from Germany

August 30, 2018

"Wunderschöne Erholung "
Die Lage ist traumhaft schön! Anna kocht ganz fantastisch und ist eine wunderbare Gastgeberin. Die Yoga Stunden bei Eileen im morgen waren sehr erholsam und sie ist eine fantastische Trainerin. Es war alles in allem eine ganz bezaubernde Woche und tolle Zeit bei Anna!


Review by Lisa Erlewein from Germany

July 31, 2018

"Erholsam und Kräftigend"
Ich bin am Flughafen Fiumicino in Rom angekommen und man muss schon ca 5 Stunden einplanen um über das Land zu reisen (mit den Öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln). Dabei bekommt man aber schon vorab viele Eindrücke der Landschaft und die Gastfreundlichkeit der Italienischen Kultur zu spüren. Vor Ort konnte ich mich direkt fallen lassen und war in tiefen Entspannung. Die Räumlichkeiten sind mit viel Liebe und Sorgfallt minimalistisch ausgestattet. Man kann sich auf das Sein Konzentrieren. Die tägliche Yoga Einheit ist kräftigend, Energie füllend, mit vielen tollen von Tag zu Tag abwechslungsreichen Flows und Entspannungseinheiten mit Meditationshintergrund. Das Essen war herausragend. Zum Frühstück eine leichte stärkende Kost durch eine kleine Auswahl von Obst, Müsli und Brot. Das Abendessen mit vielen verschiedenen variationen von gedünstetem Gemüse und Salat, vorab Pasta oder Kichererbsen oder Kartoffeln uva. Perfekt abgeschmeckt mit Gewürzen und Kräuter. Zum hineinlegen. Dazu kann man einen sehr feinen Rose genießen der vor Ort selbst zubereitet wird. Es gibt tolle Wanderstrecken wie z.B. die 7-8 Stundenwanderung zum Wasserfall. Ich habe den Pasta Kurs mitgemacht und war begeistert. Rundum ein sehr erholsamer ruhiger Ort zum abschalten sehr gut geeignet. Lese ein Buch, beobachte die Eidechsen und andere Tiere, lausche der Natur und der Italienischen Kultur.



Review by Bettina Delert from Germany

July 20, 2018

"Eine wunderbare Zeit"
Am meisten hat uns das unbeschreiblich gute Essen, die sehr gut angeleiteten Yoga-Stunden und der weite Blick gefallen. Das war wirklich unfassbar schön. Wir haben uns richtig gut erholt und hatten eine tolle Zeit. An manchen Tagen sind wir stundenlang durch die Berge gewandert und an anderen Tagen lagen wir auf dem Bett, haben den Grillen gelauscht und uns gegen Abend eine Massage gegönnt. Dieser innere Frieden, den man dort erfährt, ist eine Erfahrung, die man jedem Menschen wünscht. Die Betreiberin der Unterkunft ist eine ausgesprochen liebenswerte Person, an die wir uns noch gern erinnern und der wir für die Zukunft von ganzem Herzen alles Gute wünschen.


Review by Sylvia Richter from Germany

July 19, 2018

"A beautiful place and beautiful people"
Everything- the yummy yummy homemade food, the yoga with Elaine- my best yoga class ever!- the incredible scenery and stunning views, my lovely room and the lovely Anna who is a perfect host. I will definitely be back!


Review by Lisa Holdsworth from Australia

July 17, 2018

"My perfect Italian holiday"
Anna has her place beautifully set up, it is tranquil and she goes out of her way to ensure her guests have a wonderful. All of us who stayed at the same time decided we wanted to go back!



Review by Jan Draper from Great Britain

July 10, 2018

"Fabulous hospitality in a beautiful part of Italy"
This was one of the best holidays I have had in a long time! Anna's hospitality was second-to-none. Via Piana is beautiful and set in stunning countryside, off the beaten track and far away from the hustle and bustle of busy towns and tourists. The rooms are quaint and delightful and Anna's cooking is fabulous! Yoga with Elaine was restful and restorative but also included some strength and core work. She is a great teacher and I learned a lot. I will definitely return to Via Piana as it is such a magical place. Thank you Anna!


Review by M Van Dijk from Netherlands

June 29, 2018

"A little paradise"
This place is so peaceful and quiet. Amazing dinners and stunning environmen


Review by Claire Manuel from Germany

May 16, 2018

"Fantastic place to enjoy delicious food and beautiful nature"
My stay at Anna's place was absolutely fantastic, I loved everything about it. Anna is a lovely person, and a great cook. We got along really well and she taught me how to make a delicious risotto, among other things. The houses are beautifully renovated, the area surrounding it absolutely stunning. I took some cooking lessons with Catharina, a yoga class with Antonello, a wine tour and a cheese tour, and everything was great. I had so much fun and everyone I met was so nice. This is the perfect place to get away from hectic life, eat the the freshest, most regional food and learn more about it, take hikes, yoga classes... Also quite important, it's really easy to get there and there is even a bus to take you to the other villages and to the bigger town, S


Review by Liz Fox from Italy

May 1, 2018

"Very peaceful stay"
I really enjoyed my stay at Via Piana. The atmosphere created by the staff is so positive and welcoming. Everything they do is done with love and care for the guests. It's a small place and not a fancy place, but they treat the guests like friends staying and go out of their way to take care of them and fullfill all their needs. Food was delicious and healthy cooked by the owner Anna from Austria. I am so glad I picked this place, and not a big high profile establishment. The countryside is also very bubolic, little vinyards, olivegroves and fields take turns in the surrounding. From time to time you see a flock of sheep passing by. I was glad to have car there, as everywhere else in the countryside it's easier. A great experience I will remember for a long time and I am sure I will be back .


Review by Eveline Burkhalter from Switzerland

April 16, 2018

"Erholung pur"
Mir gefiel das Zimmer sehr gut. Der Yogalehrer, Santiago, war sehr freundlich, ging auf die Bedürfnisse seiner Schüler ein und gestaltete einen sehr anspruchsvollen, herausfordernden Unterricht. Das Essen von Anna, der Besitzerin, war exzellent. Sie hat sich sehr um mich gekümmert und mir Tipps für Wanderungen oder sonstige Sehenswürdigkeiten gegeben. An diesem Ort kann man sich richtig erholen und die Natur, Yoga und gutes Essen geniessen.


Review by Ekaterina Cherneyko from Great Britain

November 2, 2017

"Pieceful stay"
Rooms are newly renovated. Location is amazing- beautiful nature and amazing view from terrasse



Review by Petra Krupp-arp-stapelfeldt from Germany

October 19, 2017

"Das beste das mir passieren konnte :-)"
Das gesamte Ambiente, sich wie zu Hause fühlen zu dürfen,die Yoga klasse, die yogalehrerin,einfach alles war perfekt !


Review by Susanne Becker from Germany

September 27, 2017

"Ruhe und Bewegung"
Via Piana ist ein wunderschöner Ort mit wunderbaren Menschen, an dem man mit gutem Essen, tollen Yogakursen und weiteren spannenden oder entspannenden Aktivitäten inmitten einer atemberaubenden Landschaft verwöhnt wird. Gleichzeitig kann man auch hervorragend allein sein und z.B. stundenlang auf der Terasse sitzen und die Aussicht in der Stille genießen.


Review by Anonymous

September 25, 2017

"Awesome experience "
Peaceful location. Amazing food! Wonderful people



Review by René Van Lieshout from Netherlands

September 2, 2017

"Good yoga, Good food, Good rooms, nice terras,nice people"
The yoga lessons in the morning were very good. Nice breakfast and diner on the terrace. I also liked the hike to the waterfall, but also to Pescosolido. Also all the other gasts that stayed at Anna's were so nice, this made it a special experience for me.


Review by Sinja Brauns from Germany

August 31, 2017

My stay at via piana was just beautiful. Started with a beautiful place right in nature, amazing food (Anna is cooking/baking everything by herself and uses local and super fresh ingredients) and beautiful people from in- and outside. You should definitely go there to get into that magical peaceful mood! I will come back for sure! Especially I couldn't say goodbye to Anna :)!


Review by Anonymous

August 6, 2017

Ana was extremely kind and welcoming and Anneli's yoga classes were excellent. Ana's home cooked food and homemade wine were delicious! A really relaxing place to be.


Review by Patience Pohjala from Denmark

July 30, 2017

"Nice stay"
There food was great and there were lots of activities to choose from. I was lucky because I had great company that happened to also be staying they're at the same time. My favorite thing was the vineyard tour.



Review by Stefanie Breuning from Germany

July 10, 2017

Italy countrystay ist ein perfekter Ort um Ruhe und neue Energie zu tanken. Der idyllische Ort zwischen Olivenbäumen,Weinreben und Wiesen ist ideal für alle Naturliebhaber und Individualreisende. Die Unterkunft liegt am Hang. Von hier hat man einen wunderbaren Ausblick ins Tal. Die Zimmer sind ist sehr gemütlich eingerichtet und sauber. Der Yogaunterricht wird von ausgebildeten Lehrern gehalten. Der Unterrichtsinhalt richtet sich nach den Bedürfnissen der Teilnehmer und findet in Kleingruppen statt, daher ist die individuelle Betreuung hervorragend. Die Gastgeberin ist eine ausgezeichnete Köchin, die jeden Abend mit Ihren aufwendig und liebevoll zubereiteten Speisen Ihre Gäste verzaubert. Warum es so gut schmeckt liegt nicht zuletzt daran, dass die Speisen ausschließlich aus regionalen Produkten von Bauern aus der Umgebung und aus biologischen Erzeugnissen stammen. Die unberührte Umgebung lädt zu Wanderungen ein. Auf Anfrage steht ein Vielfältiges Programm zur Verfügung, z.B. ein Besuch in der heimischen Käserei, eine geführte Walking Meditation etc. Ein großes Dank an die Gastgeberin und die vielen lieben Menschen Vorort.


Review by Aileen Mcleod from United States

June 15, 2017

"Via Piana"
I very much enjoyed my stay in Via Piana, Anna was most welcoming and did all in her power to make my stay enjoyable, the accomodation was just perfect as was the food and wine! Martina the yoga and bread making teacher was lovely and I enjoyed her classes and massage! This a very nice place to relax in the beautiful Italian countryside, there are lots of things to do if you wish, or just relax and enjoy the fabulous views! The company round the table was always interesting and I met some lovely people! Highly recomended