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Italy Horse Riding Holiday in Tuscany

This part of Tuscany is known for its landscapes shaped by nature and man, its thousand-year history, and the production of some of the most famous Chianti wine in the world. With this experience, S A Ranch wants to share these "wonders" by combining them with the ancient and slow rhythm of the journey on horseback. The places that can be admired are along the Via Francigena, the ancient medieval road, or riding the paths along the vineyards on the Chianti hills with farms with a centuries-old history where Chianti Classico wines are produced, the almost lunar landscapes of the Crete Senesi with the inevitable skyline of the city of Siena.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 90 kg / 190 lb.
  • Horse height range: 1.50 / 1.60 mt .
  • Horse breed: Quarter horse, Italian breed, Arabian
  • Tack type: English and Western saddles

Meet the instructors

Sergio
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Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Ride through lakes and various attractions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with wine provided
  • Ground transportation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$ 196 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$ 196 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Agriturismo La Selva is located in the splendid natural setting of Pian del Lago, a green oasis just five kilometers from Siena. It is a closed-end estate of 38 hectares, in a panoramic position overlooking the whole valley and the green Montagnola Senese full of hermitages and castles where it is possible to make excursions on foot and horseback.

Agriturismo La Selva is ideal for people who love nature and tranquillity, it offers its guests accommodation for both couples and families, in rooms with bathrooms and apartments equipped with everything necessary for an independent holiday.

Program

Sunday

Meeting at the Equestrian Tourism Center for accommodation assignment and dinner.

Monday

Departure from the equestrian center at 9.30. The first part of the route crosses Pian del Lago, where until the mid-18th century there was a lake (or rather a swamp) called Verano which was completely reclaimed at the behest of the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo.

This stretch of the Via Francigena will lead you first to the Chiocciola Castle with its cylindrical tower located on the eastern side which contains a beautiful 'spiral' helical staircase and then to the Monteriggioni Castle built between 1214 and 1219.

After the lunch stop and still on the Via Francigena, you pass through Abbadia Isola. “Abbadia” stands for abbey, the church being a Cistercian foundation, while “Isola” reminds you of the fact that it originally stood on the marshy Lake Verano. After passing Castel Pietraio, you reach the horse-stopping point of this first stage.

Tuesday

The Via Francigena will lead you in the territory of Castellina in Chianti to Villa Trasqua whose first records date back to the year 1001. Since then the link between this farm and the territory has never been broken, continuing the production of Sangiovese and Chianti wines today 100% organic, which will accompany your lunch. The journey proceeds along the vineyards of this part of the Sienese Chianti, crossing oak and holm oak woods, to reach the horse rest point.

Wednesday

Today's route will be on the hills of the Chianti Senese north of Siena. A rural landscape with woods, vineyards, centuries-old olive trees, and sown fields will lead you to the Monaciano estate, and along the dirt roads of the estate, you reach the Villa di Monaciano dating back to the 18th century.

After lunch, which will be accompanied by the wines produced on this estate, you set off again to reach the horse stopping point in Mociano. This location is important for the Siena people because the selection and training activities for the horses of the Palio di Siena are carried out.

Thursday

Today from Chianti you move to the Crete Senesi area south-east of Siena. The name “Crete” derives from the clay present in the soil formed when between 2.5 and 4.5 million years ago this entire area was covered by the sea.

The landscape, depending on the seasons, can have a grey-blue color, almost lunar or green, with gently rolling hills, oaks, cypresses, and isolated farms.

After the lunch stop, you cross the territory of San Rocco a Pilli, an area already inhabited in Etruscan and Roman times, to then reach the horse rest point in Rinidia, home to an important farm that produces organic products.

Friday

Today is the last day of the trip. To return to the equestrian center, you travel along part of the Via Francigena on the Sienese Montagnola. Having crossed Ponte allo Spino, an early medieval village, the paths will lead you to the Villa Cetinale built in 1676, to the Romitorio di Cetinale, an eighteenth-century religious building, and to the Parish Church of Pernina, a church whose first records date back to 1078.

After the stop lunch, the route continues on the Montagnola Senese, until reaching the Hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago whose first certain information dates back to the year 1112. The Via Francigena will lead you to the equestrian center passing through the Pyramid, an obelisk in memory of the reclamation of Lake Verano.

Saturday

Breakfast and departure.

Note

Arrival on Sunday – departure on Sunday; seven days – six nights in a double room in full board formula.

The journey doesn’t have any particular difficulties. It lasts five days with approx. 4-6 hours in the saddle per day. In case and if possible we can modify the gait.

A shuttle service will take care of all guests transfer.

The itineraries may vary if circumstances require it. Lunch stops along the routes (picnic or in structures) and dinners include water and wine.

Upon booking, riders must complete the equestrian ability form to be able to entrust the most suitable horse to your abilities and provide information on particular dietary needs.

Instructors

Sergio Aldieri

Location

This holiday is based just five kilometers from the city of Siena in the La Selva estate surrounded by places of great historical, cultural, and environmental interest that you reach during your treks: the Ancient Via Francigena, the castles of Chiocciola and Monteriggioni, the Montagnola Senese with its parish churches, the hermitages of San Leonardo al Lago and Lecceto, the Chianti with its vineyards.

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, and wine every day included in the price. S A Ranch offers typical Italian food with genuine products of the territory.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

What's included

  • Horse riding for 5 days
  • 6 nights accommodation in a double room in full board formula or apartment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinks (water and wine)
  • Helmet and short chaps
  • Shuttle service for transferring guests to and from the meeting point (arrival and departure)
  • Shuttle service for the transfer of guests during the trip on horseback (to and from lodgings, horse stops, dinner, and wine tasting)
  • Insurance
  • VAT and taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Shuttle service to and from airports
  • Tickets for museums, exhibitions, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$ 196 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer available: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$ 196 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Saturday August 31, 2024
(7 days / 6 nights)

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