Technology detoxes are gaining momentum, but while leaving your phone at home for an afternoon might do the trick, Tuscany offers spectacular opportunities for more ambitious off-the-griding.
There exists a place, in the province of Arezzo, where quiet reigns supreme. It’s an unusual place, far from anything and only visited by those who have made it their intention to spend the day away from the real world. There are no accidental tourists here. Camaldoli is a medieval monastery and hermitage deep in the woods, with a small but active religious community whose life is centered on the monastic rule established by Saint Romuald, the 11th-century monk.
Spending time at Camaldoli is a reprieve from everyday life. Literally in the middle of nowhere, there are only a few buildings and even fewer shops, all immersed in an immense forest endlessly crisscrossed by walking paths. You’d be better off leaving your cell phone in the car because there is little service here. No messages, no email, no Facebook or Instagram: you are separated from the world in this silent green bubble. Most visitors who come to Camaldoli do so for this very reason, seeking out a place to detox and take in the freshest of air.