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5 Days Long Weekend Horse Riding Holidays in Latium at the borders of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy

Santa Cristina Castle, Grotte di Castro 01025, Viterbo, Latium, Italy

Horseback Riding Vacations Italy

The castle offers a perfect location for an authentic country holiday in the south of Tuscany, where you can explore the neighboring historic towns of Orvieto, Sorano, Pitigliano, and Bolsena. Santa Cristina Castle offers traditional Italian cuisine and fantastic cooking courses in their home-style restaurant.

The castle is also an ideal place for a horse riding or cycling holiday. Excursions travel as far as Proceno Castle, Lake Bolsena, and to the beautiful natural reserve of Selva Del Lamone. There is a new wellness center onsite providing a range of holistic and Ayurvedic treatments with a qualified physiotherapist.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Mix of thoroughbred and warmblood crosses, Anglo-Arabian, ponies


  • 4 horse riding days
  • Guided tour of the castle
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 5 hours
  • For beginners: 10 hours of lessons or easy treks
  • Moderate riding pace with trot and canter
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Half or full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

You will be accommodated in a double room or twin room in the restored farmhouse. Just below the castle stands a handsome 18th-century farmhouse, the original center of the estate’s farming activities. The farmhouse has been skillfully converted with careful attention to conserving authenticity together with comfort and privacy, in a pleasant combination with communal living.

The large farm now contains eight charming apartments and 14 bedrooms furnished with original pieces. The ground floor of the farm house opens onto the main terrace, which overlooks the swimming pool. On the ground floor, there is a large “taverna” with brick vaulted ceilings. Space is divided into three main areas: dining room, billiard room, ping-pong room, plus a large kitchen available for all the guests and equipped for cooking courses.


Day 1

Arrive today. You will be staying in converted buildings around the castle, taking breakfast each morning in the castle itself. After checking in, you will be served with a welcome drink and then you will meet with your guide / instructor who will be looking after you throughout your stay. Today, your riding program will begin, choose from a lesson (compulsory for beginners) or for experienced riders, you can start with a ride out in the countryside that surrounds the castle.

Day 2

Experienced riders will today ride from castle to castle, a fabulous excursion that will take you through the most unspoiled of the Tuscan countryside. The trail will take you through magical scenery offered by the towering Tuscan mountains. Along the way, you may spot pheasant, fallow-deer, and wild boars.

You will ride around the vicinity of Onano, a fortified town boasting a medieval castle. You will continue through old tracks once used by farmers and open fields passing a delightful medieval church. For less experienced riders, a lesson and a shorter hack are available.

Day 3

This morning, experienced riders will be heading out along The Brigands Trail towards the picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fantastic spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other side.

On a clear day, you can see the sea 40 kilometers away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back along this ancient ‘outlaws highway’ you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock. If you are a beginner, you can choose between a lesson and a shorter ride out or a longer ride out if you are safe and secure in the saddle.

Day 4 (full day, 32 kilometers)

You will ride through farmland on the Brigands Path into the wooded hills which surround Onano, you will glimpse stone pine trees atop an ancient Etruscan site, and arrive on the flat plain of the Mezzano crater. You can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake. After a delicious meal, you ascend through ancient chestnut woods to arrive back at the castle.

Day 5

Sadly, today it is time to bid farewell to your castle home as you come to the end of your riding holiday. If time allows, Santa Cristina Castle can offer you another ride out this morning, or if you would prefer, a lesson in the arena (not included in the price).


On the border of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio, in a strategic location, halfway between Rome and Siena, you will find a fascinating region that has beautiful natural surroundings, is rich in history and mystery. The Castle of Santa Cristina will offer a natural base for exploring this beautiful land in many ways.

Ways to explore our area include horse riding, renting the electric or manual mountain bikes or renting a boat to explore the beautiful Lake Bolsena. If sport is not for you, then just hop in your car and drive through this incredible territory. Tuscia, as it is called, is a land of nature and wonderful art, but it is still unknown and untouched.

You can explore the territory in a very relaxing way and definitely without feeling like a typical tourist. A definite destination is a visit to Civita: the dying town. Just like an island connected to the mainland by a long bridge Civita is holding on to a hill of volcanic rock that is slowly collapsing through erosion.

This incredible town has remained frozen in time since the middle ages with its churches and buildings. Next stop is, of course, Orvieto and its famous Duomo only a few kilometers away. Within 40 kilometers, you will discover archaeological sites of the Etruscan culture (pre-Roman), admire the wonderful palaces of the Italian Renaissance that Farnese family left in each town of the area, visit castles, or decide to relax in nearby thermal baths.


  • Acquapendente - 30 minutes
  • Capalbio Beach - 45 minutes
  • Bomarzo - 1 hour
  • Civita di Bagnoreggio - 30 minutes
  • Firenze - 2.30 hours
  • Lake Bolsena - 30 minutes
  • Orvieto - 30 minutes
  • Pitigliano - 30 minutes
  • Rome - 1.45 hours
  • Saturnia Spa - 1 hour
  • Siena - 1.5 hours
  • Sorano - 30 minutes
  • Sovana - 30 minutes
  • Tarquinia - 1 hour
  • Tuscania - 30 minutes
  • Vico Lake - 1 hour
  • Viterbo - 1 hour



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace


  • Wedding


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

Activities at the castle

  • Cycling
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Playing tennis
  • Swimming

Activities close to the castle

  • Guided treks
  • Boat rental
  • Wine tasting in Tuscany
  • Thermae and spa
  • Archaeology at Grotte di Castro

What's included

  • 4 nights from Wednesday till Sunday with breakfast
  • Welcome drink and guided tour of the 17th century Castle
  • 3 riding days: 2 hacks + 1 full day lunch included
  • Riding equipment
  • Daily room cleaning and towels
  • Swimming pool and tennis court entrance
  • Free wi-fi

What's not included

  • Insurance (it is mandatory)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from Rome and Florence

  • Go the motorway A1, exit Orvieto.
  • Follow the signs for Lago di Bolsena - Castel Giorgio - S. Lorenzo Nuovo - Grotte di Castro.
  • Exit towards Gradoli / Valentano.
  • Take the first street on your right where there is a sign that points toward Castello di Santa Cristina.
  • Continue for 3.5 kilometers.

Driving direction from Siena

  • Go from SS 2 Cassia to S. Lorenzo Nuovo.
  • Turn right to Grotte di Castro.
  • Exit towards Gradoli / Valentano.
  • Take the first right street where there is a sign that points you toward Castello di Santa Cristina.
  • Continue for 3.5 kilometers.

Driving direction from Rome’s airport

  • Go through motorway A12 until the end.
  • Then, go north on SS 1 Aurelia.
  • Take the exit at Montalto di Castro.
  • Turn right to Canino - Valentano towards Grotte di Castro, right before entering Grotte di Castro.
  • There is a street on your left with a sign that points towards Castello di Santa Cristina.
  • Continue for 3.5 kilometers.

Driving direction from Rome (via Cassia)

  • Go from SS 2 Cassia to Bolsena.
  • Turn left to Grotte di Castro.
  • Take the exit towards Gradoli / Valentano.
  • Take the first right street where there is a sign that points you toward Castello di Santa Cristina.
  • Continue for 3.5 kilometers.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Ciampino - G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA).

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.
5 days / 4 nights
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10% discount for groups of 6 and more.

10% discount for returning guests.

Low season
  • March 12 - June 30
  • September 12- November 14


High season
  • June 30 - September 11

Bank holidays will be considered as high season.


Pricing information

Non-rider guests are welcome in this holiday for a half-board price of 360 EUR per person in low season and 535 EUR per person in high season.


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