Ride Overview - Savoring Siena By Steed Ride
An incredible horseback riding vacation through Tuscany’s ancient forests dotted with fortified villages, castle, ruins, terraced vineyards and olive groves. You will travel down historic paths, often used by medieval Tuscans, Romans and the mysterious Etruscans. View pheasant, wild boar, and deer along the trail and shop in a medieval village and visit a museum. Along the way, elaborate Tuscan-style picnics – complete with table linens, homegrown food, and notable regional wines will be served in secluded spots beside the trails. You will stay in a 12th century lovingly restored fortified village or richly renovated villa. Your guide is part archaeologist, part gourmand, and part horseman with a wonderful sense of humor and deep understanding of the region’s history and culture. Rated in “National Geographic” as one of the top equestrian vacations.
“Wonderful atmosphere a gracious, clever host who tends to his guests in a most charming way.” L.H. U.S.
Ride Itinerary - Savoring Siena By Steed Ride
Settle into your suite at the Castello di Tocchi or Villa Ferraia. Relax with drink and dinner before retiring for the evening in one of these 1,000-year old hamlets.
After proper introductions to the horses, we begin the day by exploring the forests and meandering hills on our way to the village of Casciano di Murlo. From horseback, you will delight in the Tuscan hilltop vistas with the Sienese skyline at the horizon as you ride past Castello de Capraia. Your group will refuel after the morning ride with a Tuscan-style picnic lunch at Castello di Poderina. In the afternoon, after crossing the river Merse and passing by the mysterious castle of Castiglioni che Dio Sol Sa, you will reach the stables near the village of Pentolina where we leave our horses. Your group will be driven back to castello or the villa where you will feast on Tuscan food and local wines.
Today’s destination is the romantic San Galgano Abbey, the first example of Gothic in Tuscany. Ride through the forest and past ancient villages to arrive in front of the partially restored 13th century Cistercian abbey. Visit the site, and take a short walk to the Chapel at Monte Siepi where you will see the famous sword in the rock that is said to be prior to the King Arthur’s one and you will hear the story of the Saint, the Sword, and the Stone. Lunch at a restaurant near the church. Afterward, you will ride to the Castle of Luriano, a castle from the 12th century that was used as the commercial and political Custom between the Republic of Siena and Volterra. The family that lives there owns it since the 16th century and among their activities, they breed horses and recently started to train Angloarabs to run the Palio of Sienna, the ancient horse race that runs in the main square of the town. Dinner will then be served at the castello or villa.
After yet another magnificent breakfast, you will be transferred to the Castle of Luriano where you will mount up to ride through the trails and roads typical of the area to arrive at the small village of Scalvaia where you will enjoy a meal at the local restaurant. After a short siesta, your ride will continue to the stables of the Castello di Tocchi along the top line of the hills of the beautiful Farma valley, one of the least unspoiled of Tuscany. This evening will bring dinner with plenty of stories to share.
A morning ride through the land of woodsmen will lead to the picturesque village of Iesa. This remote area is rich with impressive medieval ruins of towers and farms. Invigorating trots and canters will return you to Castello di Tocchi or Villa Ferraia for lunch and then your ride is off to the farmhouse of a Sardinian shepherd’s family. Your tour of the farm includes sampling delicious cheeses and traditional Sardinian recipes. A visit to the local tack shop and some villages around will get your group ready for a nice dinner at the castello and a restful sleep.
Your trail will allow you to explore the beautiful valley surrounding Castello di Belagaio. The ride will ascend an ancient stone road to visit a horse farm which specializes in breeding Maremmano, the horses historically used by Tuscan farmers for working cattle. Afterward, you will indulge in a picnic lunch “Italian style” before returning to the stables by a different route. At the castello, your group will assist the Chef in preparing the farewell dinner with recipes from La Cucina del Castello (our Culinary School and Private Restaurant at Castello di Tocchi).
Enjoy a Tuscan breakfast and transfer to the train station.
Ride Details - Savoring Siena By Steed Ride
Dates: March 10th – 16th, March 31st – April 6th, May 5th – 11th, June 16th – 22nd, July 14th – 20th, September 1st – 7th, September 29th – October 5th, October 27th – November 2nd
Airport: Rome Ciampino or Florence
Meeting Place: Siena Train Station
Riding Days: 3 full and 2 – ½ days
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Restrictions: Minimum age – 14. 240 lbs, maximum weight
Group Size: 4 – 12
Horses: Maremmano, Arab crosses, Lipizzaner, Sicilian, Murgese
Saddles: English, Western
Accommodations: 3*** ½ Hamlet, 4 **** Villa
$2,690 per person, double occupancy, hamlet
Single supplement: $800
*Additional Il Palio Festival fee applies: $1,350 per person
Il Palio is more than a horse race; it is a centuries-old Italian festival full of excitement, and colorful pageantry. Your ride will include attending the Prova Generale – the last trial race before the Palio, the Contrada dinner the night prior to the race and a balcony view of the famous horse race around the Piazza de Campo.
*Price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange and will be fixed at your final payment.
Included: 6 nights’ accommodations, horse, tack, guide, transfers to and from airport/train station at the specified time, all meals
Not Included: airfare
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