8 Days Etruscan Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Horse Riding Holiday Italy

Il Cornacchino invites you to experience a combination of riding-outs at Cornacchino and a little bit of Etruscan trail. During this riding, you will explore the ancient paths of the Etruscans, the early inhabitants of Italy long before the age of the Roman Empire. This is your chance to travel through a world's unique landscape on horseback. With the guides' professionality and experience, this is an excellent package for those who are curious about trying a full trek on horseback.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western tack

Highlights

  • Ride-outs at Cornacchino
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2-6 hours
  • 3 times 2-hour rides and 3 days of trail riding
  • Riding through Etruscan Necropoles, Vie Cave, and medieval villages
  • Use of horses trained in Western riding
  • Tuscan breakfast, picnic, and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in Italian
Spoken languages: English, French, German, Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer available:
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$293 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$293 per person)

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Il Cornacchino and country houses along the Etruscan trail.

Il Cornacchino

Cornacchino is a wonderful place nestled in a natural kingdom, full of fascination and emotion that will reawaken your senses. Cornacchino is an organic farm and composed of six buildings, horse stables, and several outbuildings, all surrounded by 110 hectares of terrain. There are 13 guest rooms, a camping area of 5,000 square meters, and three dining halls which can be used for conventions and meetings.

A cafe room, two public spaces for relaxing that can be used for meetings, a public space with a fireplace that contains an internet point for guest use, and bathroom with facilities for the physically challenged are also available. The additional buildings, united by a garden and outdoor staircase, form a quaint village completely immersed in nature. The principal agricultural activity is horse breeding and training.

The six buildings include Casa di Quinto, Casa della Miniera, l'Officina, Casa della Fonte, Podere Nuovo, and The Villa. Casa di Quinto is an old rural building built in rock with an external staircase. The dining hall and kitchen are on the ground floor, while the second floor contains five guest rooms.

Casa della Miniera is a rock building with two floors that look out on the garden below. It houses seven guest rooms. l'Officina looks out on the garden and inside you will find the bar, the office, the lounge with fireplace, a large room for music and games, the projection room, the internet point, restrooms, a public telephone, and Ezio's home.

Casa della Fonte takes its name from the mountain spring pool in its garden. Besides being the summer home of Giulio and Letizia, it is also the latest building to be restructured. Podere Nuovo is located 400 meters from the community in the middle of the valley and is surrounded by horse pastures. Its ground floor continues its role as the main stables with an added space for the saddle and workrooms, while the upper floor is the home of Fabio and Rossana.

The Villa is a two-story structure that remains in its original state. Its stately presence and gardens are beautifully striking. The camping site lies in its own oasis of acacia trees. Although it is just a few steps from the rest of the farm, its location, nestled in this green space, guarantees the utmost tranquility and quiet.

Riding facilities are located in the valley between the new house and the rest of the community. The riding ring is currently sized 20 x 30 meters. It has a drained foundation in sand and bedding. Adjacent to the ring is two round pens designed to accommodate horse training and vaulting activities and a huge natural arena of 100 x 60 meters with trail difficulties in the valley.

Il Cornacchino Italy Horse Riding Holiday Program

Overview

  • Main gaits: walk, trot, and canter where possible
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Riding experience: safe rider
  • Terrain: mountain paths, ancient Etruscan roads cut deep into the tuff rock, country roads, and dirt roads
  • Altitude: 860 meters (maximum) and 250 meters (minimum) above sea level
  • The stages: about five hours shared between the morning (longer ride) and the afternoon

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive, have dinner and stay in your accommodation at Cornacchino.

Day 2

You will enjoy the first two-hour ride in the woods and hills that surround Cornacchino. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. You may want to visit the region or simply relax in the garden.

Day 3

On the program is another two-hour ride.

Day 4

There will be another two-hour ride. Il Cornacchino assigns the horse for the trail and prepares the equipment.

Day 5 - 7

On the three-day trail, you will ride through beech woods, Etruscan Necropolis, Etruscan roads - Vie Cave - cut deep in the tuff rock more than 2,000 years ago, Etruscan villages, hills, and beautiful countryside. You sleep in country houses along the road. In the evening of Friday, you will come back to Cornacchino where you will enjoy your final dinner together.

Day 8

You will have breakfast and then depart.

Notes: The program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Horses

Cornacchino hosts more than 60 horses which live in small groups outdoor on 100 acres of pasture land, completely according to their natural needs of socialization and movement. All the horses are trained in Western riding and particularly suitable for trails. The experience of many years, the large number of horses at work, and security of the Western riding allow, even to those who are beginners, to begin a journey, starting from the first lessons in a horsemanship and going through walks and the trek’s tasting, to the real trek, the final destination for nature lovers and horses. Everyone is at one‘s own times and needs.

The horse training is personally overseen by Fabio with his the method called natural Western. The initial training consists of teaching the horses to trust humans and subsequently to carry out all the necessary movements in the countryside such as 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

Il Cornacchino considers the 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 yourselves 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 the mass is lower, making it easier both for the horse and the rider.

Transfer

The luggage will be carried by minibus which may also be used for some of the transfers.The belongings together should not be too bulky since there is limited space on the transport vehicle and in the saddlebags. Please avoid suitcases with a hard surface.

Instructors

Flavia
Flavia is an equestrian guide graduated in "tutela e benessera animale" (safeguard and animal wellbeing). After being a guest for many years (her first time at Cornacchino was in 2007), she now works as a guide and helps Giulio and Alessio with the trails.
Rico
Rico learned horsemanship with Il Cornacchino in 1988, but then dedicated himself to painting and sculpture productions. In 2003, he decided to work again with Il Cornacchino and now accompanies excursions and treks. He speaks Italian, German, and English.

Location

During this riding holiday in Italy, you will ride around Il Cornacchino and take a short ride along the Etruscan trail. Il Cornacchino is a wonderful place nestled in a romantic secluded valley, surrounded by woods and meadows. 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.

Il Cornacchino farm lies three kilometers from the town of Castell'Azzara and partially inside the Monte Penna Natural Reserve at an altitude of 825 meters above sea level. Situated at the intersection of the provinces of Grosseto, Siena, and Viterbo, the farm is in a strategic zone with respect to natural, archeological, thermal, and landscape interests. You can see, on clear days, the sea and the Giglio Island, the Apennines Mountains, Lake Bolsena, and sometimes the Montecristo.

Castell'Azzara and Monte Penna Natural Reserve

In the heart of the reserve, the town dominates a vast horizon. At its feet stands Villa Sforzesca by the architect Fontana, in the deep valley of the Fiora River. On the other side of the mountain, rises the Rocca Silvana, a powerful and complex medieval war machine which Il Cornacchino recommends that you visit. A group of mounds on the southeast foothills of Amiata makes up the reserve. The main ones are Poggio della Vecchia (1,086 meters) and Mount Civitella (107 meters).

This protected area makes the northern border with the Pigelleto Natural Reserve of the county of Piancastagnaio (Siena). The protected territory is over 1000 hectares. From a geological standpoint, it is an area rich with caves (populated by bats) that, although near the volcanic mountain of Mount Amiata, it is completely different. In the watersheds, there are woods of ash, beech, oak, and chestnut.

For a naturalistic interest, there’s the font wood on the Poggio Vecchia, made up of various species of maple trees. The reserve is almost completely woodsy, with the exception of small areas that surround small farmhouses. Near Selvena, you can find chestnut trees of extraordinary sizes. In the reserve, there are bird populations of falcons and owls. The wildlife also includes mammals such as the fox, porcupine, wild boar, roe deer, deer, weasel, skunk, and marten.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage

General

  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

Food

Il Cornacchino is an organic farm born in respect of the environment and for love of the region or land. Their philosophy tells their chefs to use vegetables directly from the farm’s garden and high-quality Tuscan products produced in the region. Traditional Tuscan dishes with influences from the cuisines of Umbria and Lazio are prepared with a lot of love by Il Cornacchino's chefs who always find new ways of combining flavors.

The varieties of food served makes a menu list unnecessary and a lot of the products have been grown in their garden. Thus, it's easy to fulfill special wishes of the guests. Special menus for vegetarians, vegans, celiac, and different intolerances are available. During the holiday, you will be provided with picnics, breakfast, and dinners. The picnic is prepared in the morning and is taken to the destination by minibus or carried in the saddlebags. Dinner and breakfast are served in the farmhouse using typical local products. All the meals include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • 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

What's included

  • 3 times 2-hour rides
  • 3 days of trail riding (5-6 hours on horseback per day)
  • Use of horses trained in Western riding
  • Riding-outs at Cornacchino
  • Riding through Etruscan Necropoles Vie Cave, and medieval villages
  • Delicious typical Tuscan breakfast, picnic, and dinner with wine
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transfer to Cornacchino
  • Personal insurances
  • Other beverages

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) is 170 kilometers from Cornacchino while Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) is 200 kilometers from Cornacchino. There will be a collective transfer on Saturday from / to those airports. Price per person one way is 130 EUR while round trip costs 250 EUR.

Arrival by train

You can take a train from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) to Chiusi-Chianciano Terme (along the route of Firenze-Roma). Group transfers will be organized on Saturdays for 35 EUR. An alternative transfer is possible on request for 70 EUR. A taxi will cost 80 EUR.

Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer available: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$293 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$293 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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