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3 Day Weekend Horse Riding Holiday in Lombardy, Province of Brescia

Toscolano-Maderno, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Horse Riding Holiday in Italy

Scuderia Castello invites you for a regenerating break on their horse riding holiday in Italy. This holiday has been designed in a flexible manner to give you the best in the shortest time at your disposal. If you want and time allows, the day on horseback can end up at the hut, Campei di Fondo. Here, you can enjoy an evening in nature, in a cozy and old-fashioned house, but equipped with all comforts!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 - 242 pounds / 100 - 110 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 16 hands
  • Horse breed: Maremmano

Highlights

  • 1 2-3 hour-walk on horseback
  • 1 day on horseback in a trekking
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 hours
  • Enchanting landscape of the Alto Garda Park
  • Use of young and reliable horses
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Lunch during the holiday

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this holiday, you can stay at Scuderia Castello or, if you want, at Campei di Fondo.

Scuderia Castello

Scuderia Castello has eight rooms furnished in a rustic style. They have four quadruples with double bed and bunk beds, one triple, and three twins, all featuring a private bathroom and shower. Each room has a balcony or a terrace with spectacular views of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo.

Although Scuderia Castello suggests you to limit the use of technology during your vacation that you often abuse during your daily life, the place has Wi-Fi internet connection in each room. Also, there is no television in order to make you appreciate the magic of the place.

Campei di Fondo

Campei di Fondo is nestled in the heart of Parco Alto Garda Bresciano, at a few kilometers from Toscolano-Maderno on Lake Garda, at 780 meters above sea level, has been renovated and transformed by Scuderia Castello into the homonymous alpine shelter. They are in the Madonna di Campiglio, an enchanting valley in the municipality of Toscolano Maderno, near the unspoiled wilderness area of the park, a location of an important flora and wildlife restocking programme between Mount Pracalvis and Mount Vesta.

The farmhouse is an ancient building dating back to the 17th century that offers accommodation and a cozy dining room, where during the day, you can relax and read. It is run by Agriturismo Scuderia Castello, that applies the same philosophy of familiar welcome towards their guests.

The complex is best suited to accommodate both horses and riders, being in fact equipped with a large stable with fixed items and a wonderful lawn of approximately two acres with chestnut. The strategic and favorable location allows you to make a good stopping point for both horse trekking, being a transition zone between Lake Garda, Valle Sabbia, and Valvestino, both for hiking in the area.

The structure will host hikers, mountain bikers, birdwatchers, small groups of friends, sport or ecological associations, and above all, people interested in a relaxing holiday, away from the frantic rhythm of city life in a simple but comfortable milieu in contact with nature. It will also be an ideal place for a break on long distance excursions or a good base for touring the area on daily walks or rides or simply enjoying a quiet rest and doing nothing all day long.

The rooms are well-maintained and simple with a great view of the mountains and meadows around. They have a double bedroom with French bed (suitable for a couple or a single person), a double bedroom with possibility of extra bed, and a twin bedroom with possibility of extra bed.

The water supply to the house is granted by a small aqueduct that takes water from a nearby stream. Thanks to its constant flow and position, it will be possible to use a microturbine that will provide enough electricity for the house needs. The exceeding energy will be conveyed to warm water. Fireplaces and stoves will be fuelled by wood wastes in winter.

Campei di Fondo offers their passionate work and a simple but accurate service in full respect of the environment. There are expressly no television sets nor telephone. In some areas, you can use your own mobile phone.

Program

Horse riding

Horse riding in close contact with nature is a particularly intense and unforgettable experience, no matter if you ride for one hour or for many days. The steep trails of the park are always a challenge for both horse and rider. For years, Scuderia Castello has been one of the best horse riding holiday location in Italy for experienced riders. But also, novice and beginners have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn the art of riding from the basics.

Trekkings

Giovanni knows his park like the back of his hand. He’s always exploring new trails through woodlands and along hill slopes. Nothing can stop horses and riders. He guides them through enchanted valleys, crosses old romantic villages, rides up steep slopes to the peak of the mountains. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking views, the blue waters of Lake Garda on one side and the peaks of the Lombardy Alps on the other, offering the visitors some views of rare and spectacular beauty. And you wish your ride would never end.

Horses and equipment

The horses, mostly Maremmano horses, are specially trained for riding in extreme conditions. You’ll think to be riding mountain goats, though bigger, more powerful and fortunately, without horns. The horses will take you safely to the most hidden and unexpected places. The equipment is compatible with the degree of difficulty of the excursion and the characteristics of the territory to be explored.

Every year, Scuderia Castello trains young, reliable horses for the tranquility and safety of their guests. From time to time, Scuderia Castello is pleased to give these well-trained young horses into private hands.

Notes: In Italy, horseback riding is prohibited for children under the age of 14! Scuderia Castello asks you for your understanding if they do not allow your children, even with some experience, to take part in excursions.

Location

Scuderia Castello is located in the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano (Upper Garda Park) and precisely at Gaino, a tiny old village on the hills overlooking Lake Garda and the village of Toscolano-Maderno. It is located in one of the most beautiful and charming areas of the western side of the lake and for years, Scuderia Castello has been running a farmhouse and they dedicate themselves to equestrian tourism. The farmhouse is immersed in a spectacular landscape stretching over 40 hectares of olive groves, chestnut woods, and pastures in several plots of land in the Toscolano-Maderno area.

The main house is the Scuderia Castello Farmhouse, with stables, horses, and paddocks, immersed in a large olive grove with spectacular views of the Garda Lake and facing the spectacular and imposing Monte Baldo, at about 350 meters altitude and about three kilometers from the beaches of Toscolano. The place hosts 20 horses, 15 of which are available for guests. All are well-trained for day rides or multi-day treks.

The farmhouse is born from Giovanni’s dream to create a place where you can convey the values of a genuine life, in contact with nature, simplicity, friendship, and hospitality. Open in both summer and winter season, Scuderia Castello guarantees their guests a cordial hospitality, to make it an ideal place to spend active vacations or in complete relaxation.

Toscolano Maderno

The earliest remains of ancient settlements that are still visible in Toscolano Maderno go back to the Roman times. The lake was a holiday destination for wealthy patrician families as evidenced by the remains of the Catullus caves at Sirmione and the Roman villa at Desenzano del Garda.

Parco Alto Garda Bresciano

The park was founded in 1989 with the aim to safeguard the natural environment and to promote the development of the communities within its territory. With its 38,000 hectares, it extends over nine municipalities from Salò to Limone sul Garda and its area ranges from Lake Garda to an altitude of about 2,000 meters.

The park is interesting for its geological and environmental features, for its endemic flora and fauna, and for its mild climate. Scuderia Castello suggests you to visit the Limonaia Pra de la Fam in Tignale, where you’ll find more interesting information about the natural and cultural aspects of the park.

Food

Cuisine at Scuderia Castello

The staff at Scuderia Castello devotes special attention to traditional local cuisine, mainly with the use of products primarily from the company. In fact, the vegetable garden provides in season. The vegetables that accompany the dishes are flavored with the aromatic herbs that they cultivate, thanks to the Mediterranean climate that Scuderia Castello enjoys.

In this regard, they have decided to enlarge the garden in order to meet the growing number of requests in the catering sector. From 2013, the crops will be transferred to the farms in Sostaga, a site that is most suited to the needs as it is served by unresolved chlorinated spring water and with the sun exposure to the required result.

They also produce an excellent extra virgin olive oil and a lot of fruit that they transform into a breakfast jam or cakes served to their guests. The meat is not directly produced by them. It comes from the local breeding where the selected cattle are fed with fodder and maize flours that are systematically controlled to offer high-quality culinary products. The traditionally poor cuisine offers tasty dishes that are based on the wise use of the cattle in all its parts.

The restaurant also offers lake fish bought by local fishermen operating on the Lake Garda. However, their shopping cart is always provided by farms, cheese shops, and wineries, as close as possible to their place in order to maintain the principle of the kilometer zero, of which they are convinced supporters. They are always happy to be able to use the products to meet the growing demand for vegetarian dishes. By having their vegetables available, this task becomes a pleasure and a passion.

Lastly, they emphasize the proposal in season or by booking their Brescian spiedo. Already ranked first in 2011's and second in 2012's Best Spiedo Bresciano championships, Scuderia Castello does not fear comparisons. They are convinced of serving a unique product and linked to the best tradition.

Cuisine at Campei di Fondo

The cuisine is centered on local ingredients and draws inspiration from typical dishes and uses products grown on Campei di Fondo farm, such as vegetables, olive oil, seasonal fruit (apples, cherries, pears, and plums), and berries. Since they also grow their own meat, they have created delicious recipes using all cuts in respect of the culinary tradition of the region: boiled meat, chops, tenderloin stew, and of course, the Bresciano spiedo (Brescian spit), which is traditionally served with polenta.

They also serve lake fish they buy from local fishermen. The products that they don’t grow on their farm are only purchased from local reliable farmers. Moreover, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for the guests and for all gourmets who wish to taste their specialties. They serve a light lunch with delicious, quick dishes prepared with fresh products, depending on the season, from their vegetable garden at an excellent quality-price ratio. They also recommend the best local wines of the nearby Valtenesi.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

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)

You can go for a hike among hundreds of trails and panoramic routes.

What's included

  • 1 day on horseback in a trekking
  • 1 walk on horseback (approximately two to three hours)
  • Enchanting landscape of the Alto Garda Park
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Lunch

How to get there

Driving directions from Brennero

  • Exit the Rovereto sud.
  • Follow the direction to Brescia.
  • When you arrive in Toscolano-Maderno, turn right before a bridge following the road sign Gaino.
  • Drive for three kilometers following the road signs to Scuderia Castello.
  • Drive down the access road for about 100 meters.
  • Turn right in front of the complex of terraced houses.
  • Keep to the left down to Via Camerate.
  • Then, you turn right into the homonymous valley.
  • Drive and always keeping along the left side of the river up to the iron bridge that crosses the river.
  • Continue up to the locality Maernì (already vie che spart).
  • Turn right along the valley up to locality Ponticella (where you find a small bridge).
  • Here, you have to stop and park.
  • Continue on foot to Campei di Fondo.

Driving directions from Milan / Venice

  • From motorway A4, exit at Brescia Est.
  • Follow the direction Salò, Riva del Garda.
  • Drive along the SS45bis.
  • Drive past Salò.
  • You’ll arrive in Toscolano-Maderno.
  • Cross the bridge.
  • Turn left.
  • Follow the road sign Gaino.
  • Drive for three kilometers.
  • Follow the road signs to Scuderia Castello.

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.

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This horse riding holiday is available all year round, with arrival on Friday.

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