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4 Day Weekend Horse Riding Holiday in Lombardy, Toscolano-Maderno

Toscolano-Maderno, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Regenerating Horse Riding Holiday in Italy

Take a regenerating break from the busy weeks and enjoy a weekend on horseback with Scuderia Castello in Italy! This package has been designed in a flexible manner to give you the best in a short time. If you want and time allows, the day on horseback can end up at Scuderia Castello's hut of Rifugio Campei di Fondo. Here, you can enjoy an evening in nature, in a cozy and old-fashioned house but equipped with all comforts. Come and Scuderia Castello will give you the opportunity to spend a holiday of well-being, relaxation, and fun!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 or 243 pounds / 100 or 110 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 16 hands / 160 centimeters
  • Tack Type: Classic with track saddles
  • Horse Breed: Maremmano

Meet the instructors

Giovanni
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Highlights

  • 1 ride on horseback for 2-3 hours
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 - 7 hours
  • 1-day trekking on horseback in the Alto Garda Bresciano Park
  • Use of well-trained Maremmano horses
  • 1 lunch on the day of trekking
  • 3 nights' accommodation

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2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

Scuderia Castello

Scuderia Castello farmhouse has eight rooms furnished in a rustic style where wood gives it a master and with him the warmth of a warm and familiar embrace. 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 terrace, with spectacular views of Lake Garda and Mount Baldo. The house also has Wi-Fi internet connection in each room. To limit the use of technology and make you appreciate the magic of the place, there is no television. They also offer a shuttle service that takes you back to Scuderia from your daily hiking destination. Thus, you will be sure not to miss the dinner with the tasty dishes of their cuisine.

Rifugio Campei

Rifugio Campei di Fondo, nestled in the heart of Alto Garda Bresciano Park, 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. It is in the Campiglio Valley, an enchanting valley in the municipality of Toscolano-Maderno, near the unspoiled wilderness area of the park.

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. 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 and trekking.

The rooms are well-maintained and simple with a great view of the mountains and meadows around. They have a double bedroom with a French bed (suitable for a couple or a single person), a double bedroom with the possibility of an extra bed, and a twin bedroom with the possibility of an 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 micro-turbine 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. There are expressly no TV sets nor telephone. In some areas, you can use your own mobile phone.

Program

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 Alto Garda Bresciano 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. Novice and beginners also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn the art of riding from the basics.

The horse rides can be arranged to start from Scuderia Castello with lunch at the refuge or you can use Campei as a step to get to other places in the park riding expert horses. During this holiday, you will enjoy a one-day trek scheduled for five to seven hours. From the peak of the mountains, you can enjoy breathtaking views, the blue waters of Lake Garda on one side and the peaks of the Lombardy Alps on the other offer visitors some views of rare and spectacular beauty and you will wish your ride would never end. After that, you will recover at lunch with traditional dishes.

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

Horses and equipment

Scuderia Castello's horses, mostly Maremmano horses, are specially trained for riding in extreme conditions. There are 20 horses, 15 of which are available for guests, all well-trained for day rides or multi-day treks. 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, they train young reliable horses for the tranquility and safety of the guests.

Instructors

Giovanni Zambiasi

Location

This riding holiday will take place in Toscolano-Maderno, Italy. Scuderia Castello, your place of stay, is immersed in a spectacular landscape stretching over 40 hectares of olive groves, chestnut woods, and pastures in several plots of land in Toscolano-Maderno area. The main house with its stables, horses, and paddocks is immersed in a large olive grove with spectacular views of Lake Garda and faces the spectacular and imposing Mount Baldo, at about 350 meters altitude and three kilometers from the beaches of Toscolano.

Scuderia Castello is also located in the heart of Alto Garda Bresciano Park (upper Garda park), in a privileged position, and precisely in Gaino, a tiny old village on the hills. It overlooks the village of Toscolano-Maderno, in one of the most beautiful and charming areas of the western side of the lake. It is the ideal starting place for exploring charming routes and interesting itineraries for all needs and skills.

Due to the temperate Mediterranean climate, interesting excursions are possible all year round. You can choose from hundreds of trails and panoramic routes. You can walk for hours along valleys, hill slopes overlooking the lake, or you can explore the woods and climb to the highest peaks, up to 2,000 meters above sea level. The region offers thousands of possibilities both for hikers and riders.

Alto Garda Bresciano Park

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 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, its endemic flora and fauna, and its mild climate. Scuderia Castello suggests you visit the park museum in Tignale where you’ll find more interesting information about the natural and cultural aspects of the park.

Toscolano-Maderno

Toscolano-Maderno offers much richness of the historical beauties you can admire. Some of the places in the municipality that are really worth a visit include:

  • The earliest remains of ancient settlements that are still visible in Toscolano-Maderno go back to the Roman times
  • The Roman villa which is a relatively recent finding (found in 1967)
  • The Romanesque church of Sant'Andrea in Maderno
  • Olive tree cultivation
  • Lemon greenhouse at the port of Toscolano and Prà de la Fam
  • The parish church of Toscolano

Food

Scuderia Castello

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

They also produce an excellent extra virgin olive oil and a lot of fruit that they transform into breakfast jams or cakes served to the guests. The meat not directly produced by Scuderia Castello comes from the local breeding where the selected cattle are fed with fodder and maize flours that are systematically controlled for them to offer high-quality culinary products. Their 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 Lake Garda. However, their shopping cart is always provided by farms, cheese shops, and wineries as close as possible to them in order to maintain the principle of kilometer 0. They are always happy to be able to use their products to meet the growing demand for vegetarian dishes. Having their vegetables available, this task becomes a pleasure and a passion.

Scuderia Castello offers dinner that includes an appetizer, a first course, and a second course with vegetables, desserts, coffee, mineral water, and home wine (half a bottle per person). For children, there is a soft drink included. By reservation, the Scuderia Castello’s kitchen is happy to prepare some tasting menu and seasonal dishes including spiedo bresciano, pizzoccheri and salty meat, trout or coregone with polenta, amatriciana pasta and saltimbocca, and many others on request.

Rifugio Campei

Rifugio Campei's cuisine is centered on local ingredients and draws inspiration from typical dishes and uses products grown on their 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 including boiled meat, chops, tenderloin stew, and of course the spiedo bresciano (Brescian spit) traditionally served with polenta.

Rifugio Campei also serves lake fish bought from local fishermen. The products they don’t grow on the farm are only purchased from local reliable farmers. The restaurant is open at lunch and dinner for the guests and for all gourmets who wish to taste their specialties with a previous booking. They serve a light lunch with delicious, quick dishes prepared with fresh products, depending on the season, from the 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)

  • A walk around Via Valle delle Cartiere
  • Brescia tour
  • Day trips to Verona and Mantua
  • Enjoying market days on Lake Garda
  • Excursion to Giardino Botanico Fondazione André Heller
  • Exploring the countryside and its small interesting villages with cultural traditions and local products
  • Exploring the historical and charming lakeside with its beaches and art treasures
  • Hiking
  • Riding lessons
  • Short and panoramic walks in the midst of olive groves or through small villages
  • Toscolano-Maderno tour
  • Tour of Valvestino
  • Traveling to Gargnano and the Italian Social Repubblic
  • Visit to Desenzano del Garda and Sirmione
  • Visit to Salò
  • Vittoriale degli italiani visit

What's included

  • 1 day on horseback in a trekking in the enchanting landscape of Alto Garda Bresciano Park
  • 1 walk on horseback (approximately 2-3 hours)
  • Use of well-trained Maremmano horses
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Lunch during the trekking

How to get there

Driving directions from Brennero

  • Exit Rovereto sud.
  • Follow the direction to Brescia.
  • When you arrive in Toscolano-Maderno, turn right before a bridge following the road sign for Gaino.
  • Drive for three kilometers following the road signs to Scuderia Castello.
  • You are advised not to use TomTom but only road signs during the last three kilometers.
  • Once you have reached Scuderia Castello, it is possible to reach Rifugio Campei di Fondo (if you choose to stay at Rifugio Campei di Fondo)
  • Starting from Scuderia Castello, you drive down the access road for about 100 meters.
  • Turn right in front of the complex of terraced houses.
  • You keep to the left down to Via Camerate.
  • Then, turn right into the homonymous valley.
  • Drive on, always keeping along the left side of the river up to the iron bridge that crosses the river.
  • Continue up to the locality Maernì (Vie che Spart).
  • Turn right along the valley up to the locality Ponticella (where you find a small bridge).
  • Here, you have to stop and park and continue on foot.
  • It is possible to arrange a transport with Scuderia Castello’s staff for the last part of the road by their authorized car.

Driving directions from Milan / Venice

  • From Motorway A4, exit Brescia Est.
  • Go in the direction of Salò - Riva del Garda.
  • Drive along the SS45bis, past Salò.
  • You’ll arrive in Toscolano-Maderno.
  • Cross the bridge and turn left following the road sign of Gaino.
  • Drive for three kilometers.
  • Follow the road signs to Scuderia Castello.
  • You are advised not to use TomTom but only road signs during the last three kilometers.
  • Once you have reached Scuderia Castello, it is possible to reach Rifugio Campei di Fondo (if you choose to stay at Rifugio Campei di Fondo).
  • Starting from Scuderia Castello, you drive down the access road for about 100 meters.
  • Turn right in front of the complex of terraced houses.
  • You keep to the left down to Via Camerate.
  • Then, turn right into the homonymous valley.
  • Drive on, always keeping along the left side of the river up to the iron bridge that crosses the river.
  • Continue up to the locality Maernì (Vie che Spart).
  • Turn right along the valley up to the locality Ponticella (where you find a small bridge).
  • Here, you have to stop and park and continue on foot.
  • It is possible to arrange a transport with Scuderia Castello’s staff for the last part of the road by their authorized car.

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 vacation is available all year round with arrivals on Thursday.

 

 

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