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Horse Riding and Wine Tour Holiday in Italy

Unforgettable rides through the woods and along the lakes in the morning, explore surroundings and enjoy wine tours in the afternoon. You can’t say that you have truly know Tuscany and Umbria without having tasted their wines!

That’s why they are sure you will love this new amazing programme: Horse riding and wine tours in Tuscany and Umbria!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Various, including Italian Maremmano and Murgese, German, Dutch, French, Anglo Arab, and cross horses

Meet the instructors

Zuzana & Kate

Highlights

  • 3 hacks (2 hours duration) and 1 full day riding excursion
  • Riding equipment
  • Wine tasting at Castello Banfi, Cantine Neri, and Fattoria Aldobrandesca Antinori
  • Guided tour of the 17th century Castle
  • 7 nights accommodation + breakfast
  • Free access to the swimming pool and tennis court (from the 1st of June till October)
  • Transfer services from and to the airport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court

The recently renovated ancient stone farmhouse just below the castle will be your home during this holiday. Your accommodation will be in a double room in the restored farmhouse (twin share with an en-suite bathroom).

There are 14 B&B double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the restored farmhouse below the castle. The apartments are furnished with original antique pieces and infused with the traditional rural style of the Italian countryside.

Beautifully embellished with wooden trusses, these rooms with elegant bathrooms capture the fairytale atmosphere of Santa Cristina Castle. Each apartment is enchantingly lit with spectacular views that you will find incredibly relaxing. Wi-Fi is free at the reception, inside the breakfast room of the castle, and at the restaurant area

Program

Ride in the morning and explore in the afternoon the unique surroundings in the area with the drivers. Visit 3 regions, 3 vineyards, and enjoy the best italian food!

The old trails used by the "Brigands" (outlaws) to escape from the law 200 years ago provide a fantastic opportunity to explore this beautiful area on the horse, just as they did! Santa Cristina Castle's beautiful horses and their experienced guides will lead you every day on a fantastic ride across one of the less inhabited Italian countrysides. Beautiful nature and also a lot of history surround you with castles and archaeological sites framing the view.

After riding, the drivers will guide you to Tuscany and Umbria to explore the unique surroundings and stop in the most famous vineyards of the area!

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Pick up at FCO airport 
  • Transfer to Santa Cristina
  • Check in and welcome drink 
  • Dinner at the restaurant 

Day 2

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • 2 hours riding
  • Lunch at the restaurant
  • Afternoon pick up and transfer to famous Fattoria Aldobrandesca Antinori. Wine tasting and guided visit of the vineyard. Visit of Pigliano town, Tuscany
  • You will come back at the castle in time for dinner

Day 3 

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • 2 hours riding
  • Lunch at the restaurant
  • Afternoon pick up and transfer to famous Cantine Neri. Wine tasting and guided visit of the vineyard. Visit of Orvieto town, Umbria 
  • You will come back at the castle in time for dinner  

Day 4

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • Transfer to Montalcino, Tuscany to discover this wonderful town and to enjoy wine tasting at Castello Banfi
  • Lunch on your own in Montalcino
  • Dinner at the restaurant             

Day 5

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • Full day riding 
  • Lunch at a nice restaurant on the Lake 
  • Wine tasting at the castle today 
  • Dinner at the restaurant  

Day 6

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • Transfer to Montepulciano, Tuscany to discover this wonderful town and to enjoy wine tasting at  Cantina del Redi
  • Lunch on your own in Montepulciano  
  • Dinner at the restaurant  

Day 7

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • riding 2 hours
  • Lunch at Santa Cristina
  • Guided tour of the castle 
  • Dinner at the restaurant

Day 8 

  • Breakfast in the old stables of the castle
  • Transfer to FCO airport 

Location

The castle is a quiet retreat in the heart of Italy at the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. Here, you can explore on horseback a land full of history and rich in natural beauty.

At the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio, in a strategic location halfway between Rome and Siena, you will find a fascinating region with beautiful nature and rich in history and mystery. Santa Cristina Castle will offer a natural base for exploring this beautiful land in many ways since "adventure, history, and nature" is their motto.

Other ways to explore the area may be on horseback, renting electric or non-electric mountain bikes, or by renting a boat to explore the beautiful Lake Bolsena at an additional cost. But, if sports are not for you, then just hop in your car and drive through this incredible territory.

Distances:

  • Etruscan culture - 40 kilometers
  • Lake Bolsena - 9 kilometers
  • Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, Civita di Bagnoreggio - 30 minutes
  • Tuscania, Lake Bolsena, Acquapendente, Orvieto - 30 minutes
  • The sea, Capalbio Beach - 45 minutes by car
  • Tarquinia, Capalbio, Pienza, Saturnia Spa - 1 hour
  • Viterbo, Bomarzo, Vico Lake, Vulci - 1 hour

Food

The breakfast will be served buffet style in the vaulted ‘taverna’ during the cold months or at the castle in the ex-horses stables in a large room of great charm in the good season.

The farm's products, such as eggs, jams, and homemade cakes are available for clients to start a day full of energy Picnic lunch is served when necessary and lunches will be served either in local restaurants or at the castle. Dinner will also be served at the castle. You will receive a welcome drink and all meals have fixed menu, they ask for a reservation one day in advance.

The cuisine produced at the restaurant of the riding club is the result of the passion for the traditional Italian cuisine with delicious dishes made with local products. The restaurant only offers a set menu for each meal. As an alternative for your meals, Santa Cristina Castle has an updated list of local restaurants that they recommend you and available at the reception desk.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

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)

  • E-bike rental half day (30 EUR per person)
  • Guided cycling excursion bike rent included (90 EUR per person, minimum 2 people)
  • Bolsena lake boat rental (150 EUR with petrol included)

Spa treatments

A 50-minute massage: 85 EUR per person.

What's included

  • 7 nights from with breakfast included (in a nice room in the restored farmhouse below the castle)
  • 3 hacks (2 hours duration) and 1 full day riding excursion
  • Transfer service from and to the airport
  • Transfer service to Montalcino, Tuscany and wine tasting at Castello Banfi
  • Transfer service to Montepulciano, Tuscany and wine tasting at Cantine del Redi Transfer service to Orvieto, Umbria, and wine tasting at Cantina Neri
  • Transfer service to Pitigliano, Tuscany and wine tasting at Fattoria Aldobrandesca Antinori
  • Free access to the swimming pool and tennis court
  • Welcome drink
  • Guided tour of the 17th century castle
  • Riding equipment
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Extras bar
  • Lunch in Montalcino

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.
 

Low season
  • March 12 - June 15
  • September 17 - November 12


High season

  • June 16 - September 16
  • Bank holidays and Easter

 

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