Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy
Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy

Pilates, Photography & Cooking holidays in Italy 

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Life Holidays is an experienced holiday specialist, unique to Italy and Sicily. We provide bespoke retreats/ holidays using only the best experts in their field to deliver the impeccable holiday experience. All our holidays are all inclusive, excluding flights, so no currency exchange rates to worry about.

Take a little time to indulge yourself in one of our carefully crafted retreats/ holidays. We specialise in creating the perfect environment where you can enjoy the very best of Italian life with the top experts in Pilates, Photography and Cooking. Our bespoke holidays have been created using many years experience to provide exactly what our clients want. For 2018 we are offering our wonderful holidays in two beautiful villas on the island of Sicilyan equally stunning villa and location in the Le Marche region of mainland Italy and a rustic farmhouse/villa in the extraordinary countryside of Val D'Orcia in Tuscany, with no single supplement on any holiday. The perfect opportunity to experience the true flavour of Italian life.


Why have we chosen Italy? Quite simply it's one of the most beautiful and stunning countries in Europe, where else would you want to go!

Pilates retreats and holidays in Italy.

Our villas and locations in Italy are perfect for your Pilates break. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an experienced Pilates student. We will show you all the right techniques and lessons from our Body Control Pilates experts. With daily lessons and a 1-1 private session you will feel the benefits straight away.

Photography holidays in Italy.

A true photographers paradise, Italy will provide every opportunity for the budding or expert photographer. Under the guidance of our professional photographer you will soon discover some hints and tips to turn your images into award winning photographs. Early morning shoots, late evening shoots and trips to fantastic locations will inspire you to take some memorable photographs to cherish forever. 


Cooking holidays in Italy.

Our recipe for the perfect cooking holiday is quite simple. Provide the best fresh local ingredients, the best villa and facilities and of course the best chefs. When you arrive you will soon be inspired to start your cooking experience and enjoy the company of other enthusiasts whilst making some fabulous recipes.

Why we are different.

At Life Holidays we want you to have an experience, not just a holiday. Many of our guests are singles and its one of the main reasons why we don't charge a single supplement on any of our holidays. Included in every holiday is private accommodation, lessons, all meals, drinks, excursions and activities, private minibus transport both to and from the airport and during your holiday. It's fair to say that if you are not tempted by the local shops you don't need to spend a single penny during your vacation.

One guest said she could not believe the quality of the villa, the food and the drink on offer. Everything was made using fresh locally sourced produce, Gourmand she called it!

Life Holidays is fully insured with Tour Operators & Travel Agents Combined Liability Insurance.


What our guests have to say...

Dear Candice and David. A friend who had been to Partanna last year told me that if I didn't enjoy the experience in Sicily there was something wrong with me !! How right she was. What an amazing experience everything was perfect. The villa with its antiques and art work was breathtaking,  the food that Lucca served up was very special as was his hosting. What a professional all round young man and so personable. Ilse I've been a client of hers for years but she cleverly picked our group and it was a success from the start. You are right about making life friends we did. She was the glue that held us all together.  Honestly I could not fault anything every day was full of surprises.  I will come to Modica next year and cant wait. Cant stop singing your praises.  Thank you Janice L.

August 2019



I had a fantastic time in Italy thank you and I have already thoroughly recommended the pilates holiday to my friends.  I came back fitter, relaxed and looking forward to coming again!


The villa was lovely, food delicious and Candy and Daniel were super hosts where nothing was too much trouble. 

My pilates came on well and I surprised myself with some of the exercises and I enjoyed our sessions with yourself and Paula.

There was a great balance of pilates, excursions and some lovely relaxing time spent in the villa enjoying the surroundings and cookery classes.

It was really well organised and best of all was the friendly group that brought it all together. 

Hope to see you next year!

Thank you so much.


September 2018





Just spent a Pilates week in Le Marche:  what a memorable experience. 

Great attention to detail to make it special including warm hospitality from Daniel and Candi who served delicious food and excellent wines every day on the terrace, and who gave so much of themselves to enhance our experience.  Beautiful countryside surrounded the farmhouse which had lots of sunny spots for our daily Pilates sessions led by the inspirational Candice - with help from Paula.  Interesting excursions too with a good mix of history and local colour, together with well chosen restaurants for occasional meals out.  A repeat visit definitely on the cards!


Pat M.

September 2018




Firstly, the holiday was great, very memorable and a great tonic. You and Paula were brilliant teachers, creating interesting pilates classes in calm surroundings, and in a caring way. I think the whole class felt their pilates improved no end, as well as feeling nurtured while we were in the classes. Organic food was a revelation to me – I don’t think I’ve eaten so well and so healthily. And I loved the discovery of new wine and the fact that the wine was an integral part to our meals. I was worried that the holiday might be a bit too healthy for me! The villa was just my cup of tea – rural, relaxed and within absolutely gorgeous surroundings, with views from every aspect. It was amazing doing pilates classes with such great outlooks and, of course, the sky above us. I would absolutely recommend the holiday as one with great teaching, an excellent balance of classes, downtime, food & wine, and cultural visits to historic and beautiful towns.


Sarah O.

October 2018





Wow. Where do I start?

The accommodation was fantastic, first class.

Luca and Paulo such lovely and knowledgeable people; really enjoyed the cooking lessons. Angela was really attentive, just great.

The excursions were brilliant - the boat trip was so personal and what a great team they are.

We really bonded with the group and everyone was so friendly.

It was refreshing to have pilates with Amanda, she made it fun and pleasurable.

Fresh  food three times a day it was awesome !




L.D. from England October 2017.





I would just like to say a big THANK YOU for hosting such an enjoyable holiday.


Not only did I eat drink and was merry ( very, on some occasions)  but I learnt a lot too.

A winning combination in my book!


I really enjoyed the Photography and felt that I got such a lot out of it even if I felt a bit like a ‘mole’ on occasions. 

It was so useful to see other people’s work and to discuss how we could all improve our submissions.

David will be sitting on my shoulder saying ‘less is more’ constantly! 

The lesson on ‘seeing’ I learnt in Erice will stay with me forever.


I am now a great fan of the ‘Zip and hollow’ mantra…..thank you Candice for letting me join the pilates classes as well.


B.G. from England October 2017.


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Life Holidays is fully insured with Tour Operators & Travel Agents Combined Liability Insurance.




International Travellers

We have many guests from all over the world and with our all inclusive holidays you don't need to worry about fluctuating currency exchange rates. Direct flights are now available from USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia to airports in Italy. If you need help or advice please contact us and we will be delighted to advise on the best options.


Learn pilates on the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia, the stunning Le Marche region of mainland Italy or the infamous rolling hills of Tuscany.


Learn new skills in photography and find out how the professionals take stunning images.


Come to Italy and cook with our fabulous friendly Italian chefs.


Sicily in 2020.  Click here to see the stunning places we visit and our magnificant villa.


Le Marche in 2020. Click here to see what's in store in this stunning region of mainland Italy


Tuscany in 2020. Click here to see what's in store in this stunning region of central Italy


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