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Italy Ranch Horseback Riding Holiday

Enjoy a glimpse of a cowboy's life in this "Working Ranch Week". Learn how to work with a horse as your partner and how to overcome seemingly difficult tasks together. At the end of the week, come together with Il Cornacchino to move a group of foals into a new pasture at the "Horse Drive".

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse breed: Maremmano, appaloosas, many mixed breeds, Haflinger. Il Cornacchino can't tell in advance which horse they will use for a particular programme.
  • Tack Type: Western tack

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  • 5 half-day courses with practice and theory
  • Experience all-day horse riding with a picnic
  • Drive together one of the herds to their new grassland
  • You will be guided personally by Fabio Tascone
  • Daily full board meals are included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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  • Horse riding
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

During this holiday you will be staying in double rooms.

The village of Cornacchino

The village is made up of several buildings that house rooms and halls.

  • House of the Mine

Here, they have seven guest rooms, a common room, and a terrace.

  • House of Quinto

Casa di Quinto houses five guest rooms on the first floor, the restaurant, and the kitchen on the ground floor.

  • Source house

An independent room on the ground floor for guests.

In the "Officina of Cornacchino", you can find:

  • Reception
  • Office
  • Cafe
  • Relaxation room with fireplace
  • Free Wi-Fi, internet point
  • Didactic room
  • Massage room
  • Meeting room


Ranch work

What does that actually mean? This week, Il Cornacchino would like to give you an understanding of the basic works at a horse ranch. At Cornacchino, they are keeping, breeding, and training horses for more than 20 years. The land consists of more than 100 hectares and is home to about 50 horses in small droves in broad meadows with natural streams, small forests, and scattered rock formations.

The youngest ones were just born last year and the oldest horse counts already 34 years. These surroundings are a perfect setting to show you the daily chores, as well as the special works at a horse ranch. During this week, you will, amongst other things, learn how to supply and saddle your workhorse, practice one-handed riding, open and close gates from the horseback, drive horse herds, and learn how to manage a "hand horse" also in rough terrain.

At the end of the week, go together on the "Horse Drive" where you drive together one of the herds to their new grassland with your "hand horse", whichever is carrying the supplies for the BBQ.

Estimated course of events

Please note that the program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Day 1: Saturday

  • Arrival and dinner

Day 2: Sunday

  • Informal meeting and theory lesson (et al. Horsemanship, herd behavior)

Day 3: Monday

  • One-handed Western riding
  • Neck reigning
  • Firm control of your horse with only one hand

Day 4: Tuesday

  • Trail riding
  • Opening gates, moving your horses sideways over obstacles, etc.

Day 5: Wednesday

  • Team penning with horses

Day 6: Thursday

  • Riding with other horses beside

Day 7: Friday

  • "Horse Drive"
  • Day trip with BBQ

Day 8: Saturday

  • Breakfast and departure

You will be guided personally by Fabio Tascone. Fabio is one of the owners of Cornacchino and has been breeding, training, and working with horses for over more than 30 years. He made a name for himself with the training of colts and the correction of so-called horses with problems. He is specialized in outdoor western riding.

Experience required

This week has a medium difficulty; you should be able to manage trot, gallop, and canter outside.


The horses in Cornacchino live in complete accord with their natural needs.

  • The horses are safe partners for Il Cornacchino and for the riders

Il Cornacchino hosts more than 60 horses, who live in small groups, outdoor on 100 acres of pasture land, completely according to their natural needs of socialization and movement. The horses will amaze you with the docility, trust, and spirit of collaboration they have. For them, they are "collaborators they take care of", trying to keep the essence of animals intact and to satisfy their fundamental needs.

  • A training based on trust and mutual respect

Il Cornacchino specializes in western riding. The horses are trained by Fabio using the "Natural Horsemanship and Western Riding" method. The initial training consists of teaching the horses to trust humans, and subsequently, to carry out all the necessary movements in the countryside, walk, jog, trot, canter, gallop, back, side passes, gallop changes, transitions, jumping, and water crossing. The horses carry out much of their training in the countryside, learning while having fun and at the same time increasing their level of experience.

  • Western riding

They consider Western riding to be the most comfortable and convenient for traveling. With a well-trained and responsible horse, the Western saddle allows you to enjoy yourself in the countryside and overcome difficult passageways with the utmost security. Riding with a Western saddle requires a minimum physical effort. The horse's gaits are more comfortable and as a result, the rider doesn't feel exhausted at the end of the day, but satisfied and happy.

The weight of the rider is distributed over a surface larger than that of the English saddle and the center of mass is lower, making it easier both for the horse and the rider.


Fabio Tascone


"The Cornacchino" is nestled in a secluded valley in the natural park of "Monte Penna". The pasture is surrounded by vast forests of chestnut, oak, beech, and pine trees where you can meet roe, wild boar, porcupines, badgers, and sometimes, even deer. On the surrounding hills are grazing sheep, Chianina cows, and a herd of wild horses.

You can see, on clear days, the sea and the Giglio island, the Apennines mountains, Bolsena lake, and sometimes the Montecristo isle. The horses live in small herds on 100 hectares of pasture land, in complete accord with their natural needs. They have particular attention to respect for nature and horses which they consider partners and colleagues in their adventure.

Serenity and unspoiled nature

Il Cornacchino is a wonderful place nestled in a natural kingdom, full of fascination and emotion that will reawaken your senses. They invite you to share this amazing place and their love for horses. Il Cornacchino is a little farm situated in a romantic valley, surrounded by woods and meadows.

Monte Penna Natural Reserve

We gave Cornacchino the structure of a farmhouse because we think it is the form of hospitality that best allows guests to enjoy nature and get in touch with the true roots of the area in which we live.

Agriturismo for us means much more than cultivating the products we cook and serve to our guests: it means entering our wooded valley reducing our impact to the minimum, respecting the nature of our horses and offering our guests a genuine holiday.


  • Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 170 kilometers
  • Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), 200 kilometers



  • Massage


  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room


During this holiday, daily full board meals are included.

Typical Tuscan kitchen

The flavors of rural traditions of Tuscany, Umbria, and Latsio are melded with the personal tastes of the cooks. There is not a fix or daily menu. Every day, you'll eat based on seasonal availability or following the guests‘ tastes. This is where passion integrates with the chef's cuisine.

The menu is composed of a series of appetizers, two first courses, a second course and three side dishes, fruit, and dessert. Thus, it's easy to fulfill the special wishes of all guests, vegetarians or not. The only ingredients are enthusiasm and the loving care of the cooks in every dish. Wine is genuine, always present in flasks. It is included in the price and it comes from Montepulciano’s vines.

The restaurant

The restaurant perfectly represents their philosophy of life: good, natural, and for everyone. Il Cornacchino is an organic farm born in respect of the environment and for the love of the region or land. The philosophy tells chefs to use vegetables directly from the farm’s garden and high-quality Tuscan products produced in the region, as well as using as many as possible “KM 0 products“. Special menus for vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, and different intolerances are available.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the tables are prepared for guests, people stopping in, and Cornacchino’s staff. Each has lunch together with the guests, sharing experiences, and memories of the day. The natural ingredients combined with the passion for traditional cooking, the chefs bring to the table a healthy and delicious meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Optional extras include a full service bar and extra riding hours. In the afternoon, you may also take part in the riding-outs (not included) at extra costs. For more information, please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • 5 half-day courses (practice and theory)
  • All-day riding with a picnic
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board service

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Afternoon riding-outs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

  • From Cassia road SS 2 at KM 146.5, exit for Castell'Azzara.
  • From Castell'Azzara, follow the road signs "Cornacchino" (3 KM).
  • Set the satellite navigator on Castell'Azzara via Petrarca and follow the directions.

Arrival by train

Train station Chiusi-Chianciano (along the route Firenze-Roma) transfers (roundtrip) of groups will be organized on Saturdays for 40 EUR. Alternative transfers are possible on request for 80 EUR or a taxi for the same price.

Transfer from Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station (one hour by van)

  • Saturday collective transfer per person: 40 EUR (Chiusi-Cornacchino-Chiusi) - Arrival time at Chiusi train station 9-10 a.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. The price per person is 80 EUR for all other arrival schedules.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% 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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8 days / 7 nights
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Arrival: Saturday August 20, 2022
Departure: Saturday August 27, 2022

Special discount

Discounts for children on full or half board:

  • Up to two years: No charge
  • From two to six years: 50%
  • From seven to nine years: 30%

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