Ride Overview - Valleys and Mountains of Tuscany Horseback Ride
A serene horseback riding vacation in the Orcia Valley and Cetona Mountain. Each day brings a richly different experience as your trails traverse through forests, vineyards, rows of slender cypress and shimmering olive groves. Destinations include Renaissance villages, prehistoric caves and medieval fortresses. Your evenings are filled with cooking lessons, delicious traditional meals and notable wines. Your traditional Tuscan country inn is located on a hill near the medieval town of Celle sul Rigo, between Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Your view is peerless as it spreads over Valle del Rigo, the Radicofani stronghold, Monte Amiata, and Monte Cetona. In addition to horseback riding, you can also explore country paths by foot or bicycle and visit places rich in history and art. RIDING IN ITALY
“You won’t see more beautiful fields” J.W. Von Goethe, Journey in Italy
Ride Itinerary - Valleys and Mountains of Tuscany Horseback Ride
Day 1: Sunday
Transfer from the train station or airport to your country manor. You will meet your fellow riders for an aperitif and dinner.
Day 2: Monday
Today’s ride will carry you through some of the most scenic hill landscape of cultivated fields and clay hills Along the way, you will experience the perennial erosive action of atmospheric agents that has created the startling and extraordinary slopes and ridges known as “calanchi.” It is the famous Via Francigena, the road of the ancient Etruscans and Romans, with its quite distinctive geography: the open rolling hills planted with golden wheat, the gray blaze and some of the most famous farms are located in this area.
Day 3: Tuesday
On this day, your trails will take you across Val d’Orcia area. This area is one of the most beautiful and famous in the world. The Val d’Orcia was registered by the World Heritage Committee in the list of UNESCO sites as a cultural landscape in 2004. The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional example of the redesigning of pre-Renaissance landscape, testifying to the ideals of good governance and the aesthetic research that guided its conception.
Day 4: Wednesday
A non-riding day to tour Pienza and Montepulciano or enjoy the Day Spa with thermal pools, Turkish baths at Fonteverde. Pienza is a rare example of Renaissance men’s desire to create a “utopia town” where life and government existed in harmony. Montepulciano, built in 1511 along with a narrow limestone ridge, is encircled by walls and fortifications. Inside the walls, the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palazzi and churches. A long, winding street called the Corso climbs up into the main square, which crowns the summit of the hill. The village is chiefly known for the “Vino Nobile” wines.
Day 5: Thursday
You will ride to the 9th-century castle of Radicofani occupied by the Ghino di Tacco, an Italian Robin Hood mentioned by Dante in the Devine Comedy.n the Decamerone. The structure dominates the region between the Mount Cetona, the Orcia Valley and the Mount Amiata. In the afternoon, the chef will teach you more tips for savory Italian cooking.
Day 6: Friday
Your horse will carry you across the distinct grey soil found in Crete Senesi. The region is dotted with villages surrounded by woods and hills. Next, you will ride through the Rigo Valley whom some have called a “paradise on earth” because of the peaceful landscape. Your ride ends with a visit to San Casciano Bagni, a member of the Borghi plu bell d’Italia (prettiest Italian villages) and valued by the ancient Romans for the 46 thermal water sources that encircle it. In the evening, a wine tasting of the notable regional wines awaits you.
Day 7: Saturday
After breakfast, transfer to your airport or train station.
Ride Details - Valleys and Mountains of Tuscany Horseback Ride
Dates: Sunday – Saturday, April – October
Best Months to Ride: April – June and September – October
Train Station: Chiusi train station
Riding days: 4-morning rides
Pace: walk, trot, and canter
Riding ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Group size: 4 – 8
Horses: Arabian, Arab cross
Saddles: Italian Endurance
Hotel/s: Certificato di Excellenza 2013 Country Manor
Non-riding activities: swimming, spa, cooking class, wine tasting
*Price: $1,885.00 per person, double occupancy, apartment $2,205.00 per person, double occupancy, suite
$295 single supplement
*Prices will fluctuate with USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
You can customize this ride to the riding days and riding hours.
Non-riders welcome, inquire for pricing.
Includes: 6 night’s lodging, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, 4 days guided riding, 1 entrance to the spa, 1 cooking class, 1 wine tasting
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from Chiusi train station (70 euro round trip)
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Valleys and Mountains of Tuscany Horseback Ride