For those who literally want to get away from it all to unify body, mind and soul -- while immersing themselves in the Italian countryside, check out these Italian yoga retreat centers in Le Marche and Lazio.
The best part of this special report - a listing of over 50 agencies, apartments and villas that we've tried and like - from apartments rentals in Rome to villas overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
In 1957, author Guido Piovene wrote, "Italy, with its range of landscapes, is a distillation of the world; the Marche is a distillation of Italy." International visitors are only now beginning to discover this charming and affordable region.
Tourists looking for pristine beaches in Italy would be wise to head south this year. Legambiente rates Italy's best beaches including Tropea in Calabria, Otranto in Pgulia and Cinque Terre in Liguria.