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Beautiful Tuscany Horse Riding Holiday

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Hotel Rifugio Prategiano invites you to take part in this short getaway holiday in the magical country of Italy. This holiday is specially designed for you who have no experience of riding on horseback, as well as those with excellent horse riding skills. During the holiday, you will be amazed by the beauty of Tuscany in a special and close-up way on a horseback. This holiday will be a fantastic experience with amazing horses, friendly new friends, great trails, and spectacular views of Tuscany!

Key information

  • Tack Type: English and Trekking tack
  • Horse Breed: Maremma horse and other breeds

Meet the instructors

Caja & Andrea
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  • 2-half-day trail rides in the experienced rider package
  • 2 lessons or trail rides of 1-hour each in the beginner package
  • Use of Hotel Rifugio Prategiano's sturdy Maremma horses
  • Picnic lunch opportunity during half-day trail rides
  • Delicious breakfast each day
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

On a large field with serene yet scenic meadows and woods around, Hotel Rifugio Prategiano stands tall. Maremma, located in Tuscany, Italy, offers you the most beautiful classic views over its stunning hills and valleys that you can enjoy. If that's not enough, you may try to visit the tranquil medieval town of Montieri with only a short seven-minute walk. Hotel Rifugio Prategiano is a small three-star hotel, but its terracotta statues, red marble stone walls, swimming pool with terracotta floor tiles, and porphyry stone-work that can give you a warm and rustic Tuscan agriturismo appeal.

Upstairs, there is a spacious lounge with a wood-beam ceiling, fireplace, and windows that show a picturesque view of the mountains. Moreover, when you sit there, you may smell the delicious meals cooked directly from the nearby kitchen. The smell is so mouthwatering that you will keep wanting to wait by the kitchen door. In addition, below the hotel terrace, not only there are covered and uncovered car parking lots, but there is also a swimming pool, and table tennis area. You can find Hotel Rifugio Prategiano's horse stables at about 300 meters from the hotel.

There are 24 rooms, restaurant, bar, small meeting room, and large living area at Hotel Rifugio Prategiano. During your stay at the hotel, you will get complimentary internet points and big television facilities. The Wi-Fi has a fast connection and it is available almost in every corner of the hotel. When you go outside, you can find a garden that is not very big but can be the perfect place for a sundowner. Moreover, whenever it is sunny, you may have a marvelous view from Maremma to San Gimignano that is 55 kilometers away.

The hotel rooms

The rooms here have Italian style decoration which is homely and comfy. The facilities are similar to a three-star or B&B hotel. Each room has a bathroom with shower, telephone, television, security safe, electric kettle, as well as fast Wi-Fi connection. You will find 14 rooms in the hotel's main building and 10 other rooms in the villa by the pool. If you bring a friend or children, you can add a bed or two in some large double or twin rooms in the hotel.

Moreover, some of the smaller rooms have a beautiful panorama over the pool, trail riding center, and Maremma valleys. The main building's bathrooms are special as they are mostly tiled with antique Amalfi hand-painted tiles. A partial restoration has been undergone by Hotel Rifugio Prategiano to conserve these tiles. In addition, the bathrooms of the villa by the pool have also been refurbished recently.

The outdoor swimming pool

The outdoor swimming pool is open from mid-May to mid-September as these times are the months a hotter temperature of the year. The swimming pool sized 18 x 5 meters with sunbeds and umbrellas on the patio by the pool. You can enjoy a refreshing swim, relax, or sunbathe in this unique shaped outdoor swimming pool area. Hotel Rifugio Prategiano does constant filtering so the water will always be clear. However, as the hotel is situated in the middle of nature, you may find fallen leaves and pollen on the pool sometimes. When you do, please don't make nature touch discourages you to take a fun dip in the swimming pool.

Pet information

Furry guests are just as welcomed as human guests in Hotel Rifugio Prategiano. These furry guests will find the hotel's surrounding to be very friendly for them. If you do bring your four-legged friends, please don't forget to bring him / her blanket or bed as well. By "four-legged" friends, Hotel Rifugio Prategiano doesn't only mean dogs. You can also request to bring cats and other animals including your own horses. Hotel Rifugio Prategiano can accommodate private horses, sheep, goats, etc. in their stables' horse boxes. So, as you can see, any animals is (nearly) possible to come as part of you. However, please send an inquiry to Hotel Rifugio Prategio and inform them if you plan to bring your pet with you during your stay.


Beginner rider week discovery

Sitting on a horse for the first time will be an exciting experience. It can be something special as you will form a strong relationship to understand the amazing animals, horses. During this horse riding holiday, you will be guided by Hotel Rifugio Prategiano teams until you feel comfortable to experience your first step into the equestrian world.

There will be basic rules of horse riding lessons after you completed a few hours of riding lessons. It is expected that the lessons will boost your self-confidence so that you'll be prepared for your first trail ride. By enjoying this trail ride, you will easily get used to knowing the quiet temperament of the horse.

Experienced rider half-day trail ride participation

Hotel Rifugio Prategiano welcomes you who already have experience in horse riding. During the trail ride, you will explore the most enchanting places in Tuscany, specifically Maremma. You will enjoy this trail ride for two days with a chance to enjoy the picnic lunches.

Some possible trail ride destinations


While you're on the way to the picnic location, you will go through the geothermal steam sites. The sites have green energy for 30% of people in Tuscany. The steam has vents that become Tuscany unique characteristic. After that, you will go back to the hotel and enjoy beautiful Travale on the bird's eye view on your way.


You will follow a path through nature, go down into the neighboring valley, and ride up to the next mountainside. The picnic place in Gerfalco has a wonderful view until the sea and over the beautiful region Maremma.


You will rider over a mountain ridge through green fields. After that, you need to go down to the river Cecina where there is running water through a shady forest that you will follow. Then, you will arrive at the place where the picnic will be held. It is near the abandoned hotel of Galleraie that you will get to discover.


This Prata ride offers the paths of the old trade and animal through the native forests. Wild animals such as foxes, deers, wild boars, or porcupines in the area of Alta Maremma of Toscana can often be seen. At "Poggio di Prata" you can see a 360-degree view of Tuscany such as the Maremma coastline and the island of Elba. The picnic will be full-course lunch near the mining village of Prata.

Merse River

On the way to the river Merse, you will get many chances to try some juicy local fruits from trees all along the trail. During this Merse River trail ride, you will pass the river's crystal waters and enjoy how nature recreated this agricultural land over the years. You will have the picnic lunch nearby the river. When the days are warm, you and the horses will get the possibility to go for a swim in the river.

The horses

Hotel Rifugio Prategiano has 15 horses which consist of typical Maremma warmblood horses, Maremma cross-breeds, and other breeds. The Maremman horses are typically brighter or darker bays and very strong, sure-footed, calm, beautiful and simply perfect for trail rides.

The horses at Hotel Rifugio Prategiano stay outside all year long, they can make friends and have an organized hierarchy which are all important details for the trail riding. The lovely horses are normally ridden with english or trekking saddles with longer reins.

The weight limit for our trails is 95 kg. On request we might also be able to organise horses for heavier riders.


Caja Schaefer

Andrea Paradisi


Hotel Rifugio Prategiano is located on a large building of meadows and woods which stand on 750 meters above sea-level on the slopes of the Poggio di Montieri. This hotel can be reached only a ten-minute walk from the medieval village, Montieri. At this hotel, you may enjoy a panoramic sight of magnificent landscape of Alta Maremma. In this place, a variety of animal and plant life can also be found including the thick native chestnut and oak forests, typical Tuscan olive groves, vineyards, pine and cypress trees, as well as the Mediterranean evergreens.

Located in the vast middle and well-signed footpaths network, this place becomes a haven for horseback riders, mountain bikers, cyclists, or holiday walkers. There are also beautiful places in the area which can be reached on shorter walks. Moreover, the region around medieval Montieri does not only offer the beauty of nature but also historic and cultural places. One of the examples is that you may see many beautiful historical Tuscany landmarks which become ideal places for outings.

In addition, Hotel Rifugio Prategian has is situated near amazing places - 95 kilometers from Florence, 65 kilometers from Volterra, 22 kilometers from Massa Marittima, 55 kilometers from San Gimignano, 50 kilometers from Castiglione della Pescaia, and 50 kilometers from Siena. Other interesting places are Etruscan excavation sites and ruins and a number of small medieval villages in the immediate vicinity which includes Chiusino (12 kilometers away) and Radicondoli (15 kilometers away).

There is also a natural park which has deserted white sand beaches. This place is good for you who want to have a rest or relax after enjoying trips like visits to Roman churches, abbeys, noble estates, archeological sites, and museums.There is a "dog beach" which is located only a few kilometers from the hotel. This beach suits for your dog to swim in the small Merse River or just play in the sand. There is also another nearest pet-friendly sea beach. The place is situated in the south of Follonica in the direction of Castiglione della Pescaia in front of the Puntone harbor or known as "Kite Surf" beach. Please do not worry as from the hotel, there are miles of trails where your dog can run freely. However, this does not mean that you free your dog. There are some restrictions applied in the cities and villages such as keeping the dog on a leash and not allowing dogs enter most beaches in Italy during the summer months.


  • Avioclub Chiusdino flying club, 15 kilometers
  • Castiglione della Pescaia, 50 kilometers
  • Chiusino, 12 kilometers
  • Massa Marittima, 22 kilometers
  • Montieri - 10 minutes on foot
  • Radicondoli, 15 kilometers
  • Siena, 50 kilometers



  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis


  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Pet friendly


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot


Daily breakfast will be served each day. After the half-day trail rides, you will have a chance to join picnic lunches. The food at Hotel Rifugio Prategiano is Tuscan style and made from simple and traditional ingredients. The continental-style buffet breakfast will consist of coffee, bread, yogurt, cheese, meat, cereal, pastries, and more. Moreover, small snacks are available by request at the bar. There are two rooms at the hotel restaurant. One is a light room which has panoramic windows while another one is a rustic room. Here, the fantastic view over the pool, the equestrian center, and famous San Gimignano towers which are located 55 kilometers far can be seen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional horse riding (35 EUR per hour for the trail ride / lesson, 70 EUR half day tour, 140 EUR full day tour)
  • Cycling
  • Excursions to Borghi, Città D'Arte, Natura e Parchi, Mare e Costa, Terme, or Enogastronomia
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Motorbike tours
  • Trekking tours
  • Visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano
  • Visit to ruins of antique constructions in Galleraie
  • Walking to Montieri and its surroundings

What's included

  • Package for experienced riders: 2 half-day trail rides of 2 to 2.5 hours per person
  • Package for inexperienced riders: 2 hours of trails or lessons for inexperienced riders per person
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All taxes
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Additional meals (dinner menu: Euro 30)
  • Lunch in the restaurant (a la carte)
  • Drinks in restaurant and bar
  • Additional horseback riding: Euro 35/ hour, Euro 70/half day ride (2-3 hours), Euro 140/full day ride around 5 hours in the saddle)
  • Picnic lunch opportunity Euro 30 (full meal warm served picnic with drinks)
  • Transfer from and to train station

How to get there

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Driving directions from Florence

  • Surround Florence on the highway in the direction to Roma / Siena
  • Take the exit of "Impruneta"
  • Take the fast road direction to Siena
  • Take the exit of "Colle Val D’ Elsa Sud" (not "Colle Val d’Elsa Nord") after driving for about half an hour
  • Drive straight ahead in three circles direction to Radicondoli at the next crossing right to the direction of Radicondoli / Follonica
  • Leave the main road 10 kilometers after Colle Val D‘Elsea at the crossing right direction to Radicondoli / Grosseto
  • Climb up following the indicators to Massa Marritima / Grosseto until one kilometer before Montieri
  • Turn right to the direction of Massa Marittima after 500 meters in the left direction
  • Turn right to climb up to the hotel after 50 meters

Driving directions from Pisa

  • Drive in the fast road direction to Rome / Follonica / Grosseto
  • Take the exit "Follonica est"
  • Drive another 40 minutes on small roads afterward
  • Go to the left direction to Massa Marittima
  • Surround Massa Marittima on the main road in the direction to Laderello
  • Go left to Laderello / Montieri at the crossing after Massa Marittima (do not go to Siena / Florence)
  • Turn right to climb up to the hotel after you find the indicator for Montieri at every crossing (one kilometer before Montieri)

Driving directions from Rome

  • Drive on the fast road (Aurelia) in the direction to Grosseto / Follonica
  • Take the exit "Scarlino / Massa Marittima"
  • Drive another 40 minutes on small roads afterward
  • Drive in the direction of Massa Marittima
  • Surround Massa Marittima on the main road in the direction to Laderello
  • Go left to Laderello / Montieri at the crossing after Massa Marittima (do not go to Siena / Florence)
  • Turn right to climb up to the hotel after you find the indicator for Montieri at every crossing (one kilometer before Montieri)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR), Pisa International Airport (PSA), G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), or Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

Florence Airport (FLR) is the closest international airport to Follonica with only 95 kilometers in distance. If you decided to fly there, then renting a car is recommended. You can arrive at the hotel from Florence Airport (FLR) with a two-hour drive. You can also book your flight to Pisa International Airport (PSA). It is further with 140 kilometers in distance, but it has more convenient flights.

From Pisa, you can easily reach Follonica by either traveling on a train or rent a car and drive for two hours. Other options are Ciampino - G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) or Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) that are located not far from Rome. However, Rome is the furthest city compared to the other two. It is 250 kilometers away from Follonica, but you can also easily reach the hotel by traveling on a train or rent a car and drive for three hours.

Arrival by train

You can travel by train to Follonica from either Pisa or Rome. Hotel Rifugio Prategiano can pick you up there on request. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This holiday is available from May to October (August minimum stay 5 nights). Please select an arrival date below.


Low season
  • October 1 - 31


Mid season
  • May 4 - July 13
  • September 15 - 30


High season
  • July 14 - September 14


Beginners package: includes two hours of trails or lessons for inexperienced riders per person
Experienced package: includes two half-day trail rides of 2 to 2.5 hours per person

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