The zen room is a small quiet space, available to serious Yoga practitioners. A balcony looks over a peaceful garden, and silence, broken only by birdsong, is everywhere. It is on the third floor of my Yoga studio, situated in a cul-de-sac near the centre of Florence.


The room can easily accommodate one, though another mat could be added for a second occupant. There are no cooking facilities other than a kettle; however, many cafes and restaurants are nearby. The space is meditative, as is the studio, and only dedicated students are welcome. There is only a fan, no air-con.