Knitalia - A Knitting Escape in Italy

with Anniken Allis

11th - 18th April 2025

Join Anniken for a fabulous week in Italy.


As well as exploring the local area, local crafts and delicious Italian food, we will have lots of time for knitting and relaxing.


Anniken will design a retreat project that you can work on during the week if you wish or you can bring your own knitting.  


The retreat project will include options for different experience levels and workshops will be taught around the project which will focus on lace knitting.


You will get a gift bag containing yarn and pattern for the retreat project plus other knitting goodies.

Rhossili Bay 9
Sweethearts 4

About Anniken

Anniken grew up in Norway but lives in the UK. She is passionate about empowering knitters through her workshops and patterns. She has been designing knitting patterns and teaching knitting workshops around the UK & online since 2005 and is mostly known for her fabulous lace designs.


She has written two books, Beaded Lace Knitting and Easy Lace Knits and she has designed for a variety of knitting magazines & yarn companies in the UK & US, including Vogue Knitting, Debbie Bliss Magazine, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, The Knitter, Let’s Knit, Knitting, Knit Now and several more.


She has also designed for several British and international yarn companies. She’s well known as a patient, friendly and knowledgeable teacher.




















Included in the price:

All tuition fees 


 7 nights accommodation in luxury  air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with:   see our rooms here


   – Luxury bedding

   – High quality, 100% natural, Italian toiletries:  shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and hand gel

   – Daily servicing of the rooms

   – Mid-week linen and towel change
   – 100% cotton waffle robes and slippers


All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu


A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel


Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal


Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)


Enjoy an eco-printing workshop at the farm of a family of weavers nestled in a small village in the Sibillini Mountains


wine tasting lunch at a local, family-run vineyard


Experience an unique hunt for truffles followed by a gastronomic lunch all based around the truffles you have found


Delight in a hands-on pasta making masterclass with three generations of the same family – Nonna, her son and her grandaughter – who will all teach you how to make tagliatelle and ravioli from scratch


Visit a local “Bottega” (potters) for a tour and to learn about the traditional techniques they still employ


Excursion to the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, a Renaissance town full of history as well as fabulous boutique shops, charming cafes and one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas (lunch not included)


Private transfers for all excursions


Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio


Full-time staff on site including concierge service

Prices start from €2899 per person based on two people sharing a room.



To secure you spot on the retreat please click on the Retreat Booking button above, complete the form, select your preferred room type and pay a non-refundable deposit of €350.


Travel / Transfers


The group pick up is at 2pm from Ancona airport and 3pm at Pedaso train station or bus stop. 


On the day of departure we will leave for Ancona airport after breakfast at 9.30am.  Hotel Leone is about one hour and a quarter from the airport so you should arrive just before / around 11.00am your ideal return flight should be later than 12 noon.


If you’d like to arrive a day or two early and stay in Ancona or Pedaso, below are the hotels we normally recommend:


Grand Palace Hotel, Ancona


Albergo Cantina, Ancona


Villa Ricci, Pedaso

For more information, including pricing per room type, please fill in your details below

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