Flights & Shuttle


Arrivals Before Friday, September 13

You can choose to arrive sooner than Friday, September 13 and explore Rome. 

However, as an "earlybird," you must be at the Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (also known as Leonardo Da Vinci Airport) the morning of September 13 no later than 11:00 am for your complimentary shuttle service to Arcidosso, the retreat site! Details of where to meet at the airport (and other things) will be sent in a final email.

If you are not there, you are responsible for your transportation to the retreat; a shuttle costs $350.00, one way.

Arrivals on September 13

Most international flights departing the day before will arrive on Thursday, Friday, September 13 between 8 am and noon. We'll be there to happily meet you, gather luggage, and enjoy a coffee or nibble, while waiting for other arrivals. Then, it’s off to Arcidosso!

Photo: Inside the airport terminal

Traveling from the Airport into Rome BEFORE the retreat?  Here is a great video for instructions how:

Video Here

Rome Accomodations


Sleep’n Go Hotel 

Michele and Herb recommend this B & B  and often stay there. Best of all, the staff speaks English. RESERVE EARLY! Please make your own reservation and payment using sites like Booking,com.

Located in Fiumicino, the nearest airport is the Rome-Fiumicino International Airport, 2.5 miles from the property. The Sleep'n Go Hotel includes a garden, terrace, shared lounge, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. 

All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a desk. A buffet or Italian breakfast is available every morning on site. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.5 for a two-person trip.

Address: Via Redipuglia, 25, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy

Phone: +39 349 299 0404

Hotel Mercure

This is another hotel that I've stayed in both coming and going if Sleep & Fly is full.  It is clean, but not especially fancy.  They have a free shuttle to and from the airport and reasonable rates.

Website: Click here.

Via Portuense, 2470, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy•

+39 06 99935

Passport & Insurance



One must be obtained in advance. Each participant is responsible for determining their specific passport requirements and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure. Non-U.S. citizens must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. 


Please note if you currently have a passport that your expiration date must be at least DECEMBER 20, 2019. 

If it is not, you need to renew before you depart for the retreat.

Medical Insurance

Each person is responsible for checking with their current health insurance provider and insuring that they have adequate medical coverage. 

Participants must carry medical insurance documentation while on the retreat and will be asked to share copies in advance with the hosts.

Benvenuto ad Arcidosso!  

Welcome to Arcidosso!

(Prounounced Arch (like parch)-ih-doe-so)

This quaint medieval village of only 4,295 in southern Tuscany is renown for the best-preserved medieval castle in Europe. It's also close to where Merlin is said to have lived in a cave--perhaps he'll revisit as a muse while you write.

Arcidosso is nestled at the base of Mount Amiata, the tallest mountain peak in Tuscany; get ready for spectacular vistas sure to inspire your writing!

This stunning jewel is located between Siena and Rome and two hours to Florence. In one day, you can both ski Mount Amiata and enjoy the beach in the Maremma di Grosseto for dinner.

Tuscany's rich history, architecture, countryside, and vistas are sure to inspire your writing, creativity, and transformation!


Rome's Fuimicino Airport Tips

How to Get to Arcidosso on Your Own

Rental Cars:  There are numerous rental car companies at Fuimicino Airport. They are accessible in a building attached to the airport, so there is some walking involved.  Finding the tunnel to the rental cars is always a little confusing, even for me after all of these years, so I'm including a map of the airport and some written instructions to help.  Most international travelers will find themselves arriving to  Terminal 3 and directed to customs on the ground floor. No matter what  terminal you find yourself in, Terminal 1, 2, or 3, you will want to  make your way to the second level of the airport. There will be covered  walkways on the top floor leading passengers over a roadway to the  airport parking garages where the car rental desks are located on the  fourth floor. 

The car rental desks are located in Office Tower 2, or Torre Uffici 2.

If you happen to have questions while traveling through Fiumicino  Airport, you should direct your questions to the information desks that  are located in each terminal. Staff members at these locations will be  able to help travelers who are looking for specific airport information,  as well as individuals looking for information about currency  conversion and driving rental cars in Italy. These attendants can also point you towards the counter for your Fiumicino Airport rental car, should you get lost.  

Trains to Grosseto From Rome

Grosseto is the closest major hub to Arcidosso (approximately a 50 minute drive), and if for any reason you have delays and miss the shuttle, make your way to Grosseto and we'll make sure pick here.

Video Instruction for Train to Rome From Airport