Italy ~ Tuscany & Lazio
6 and 7 nights, riding between village guesthouses and country hotels, available March to October (excepting August). For fit, intermediate riders and above.
Where Exploring the border country of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria, about 2 hours drive north of Rome.
What is it like Beautiful unspoilt Tuscan countryside, rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, forests of mediterranean oak and hazel. Fortified villages and hamlets often top the hills, lonely farmhouses and beautiful villas adorn the valleys. You ride along ancient trails, sometimes narrow paths winding through rocky gorges in the forest, sometimes following high ridges with views onto iconic scenes of cypress trees and fields of wheat studded with poppies.
Who does it suit Anyone who likes some challenging riding where you will also be well looked after. Those who'd like a well-schooled responsive horse and to see a part of Tuscany that other tourists seldom visit. Nights are in Agriturismo's, village hotels and guesthouses, for a good night's rest after an active day out.
Why we love it These rides are based in Tuscany, on the borders with Lazio and Umbria, close to Lake Bolsena and not far from Orvieto. The area is famous for its local produce, you will see sheep grazing which produce the pecorino cheese you have for lunch, vineyards and olive groves produce the oil & wine you sample, the grey horned cattle and and wild boar may be part of your evening meal. It's also an area rich in Etruscan history and you will see ancient dwellings and tombs dug into the volcanic rock. The rides are run by Andres Desson, known as Duska, who has been guiding rides in this area for many years.
7 night & 6 night rides are scheduled most weeks from March to October, excepting August.
Riding: 5-6 hours a day.
Horses: local Maremma crosses, Anglo Arab, Sicilian, Andalucian & Apaloosa crosses
Pace: moderate overall, some good chances to move on.
Riding ability: suitable for intermediate riders and above.
Weight limit: 90kg (14 stone).
Accommodation: country hotels and agriturismos.
Group size: maximum 10.
Season: March to October (excepting August).
Horses: There are 16 or so horses of mixed breed, some Maremma crosses, Anglo Arabs and Apaloosa crosses, averaging about 15.2hh. They are all a responsive, willing and enjoyable to ride as well as being sensible and calm to handle. Tack is mostly English style and most horses are ridden in snaffles. There is no strict weight limit on these rides but please contact us to check if you are over 14 stone / 90 kgs. Rides are limited to a maximum of 10 guests.
Hours: There is generally between 5 and 6 hours riding a day.
Pace and experience required: These rides are at a fairly relaxed pace overall but there are good chances to canter each day and you need to able to control a well schooled horse at all paces in open country. Most of the riding is on the white dirt tracks which link farms & fields to villages - however you will also follow narrow paths through the forest, and will climb up to ridges and descend into deep valleys so should have a good independent seat.
Accommodation is in country houses, village guesthouses and Agriturismos. Accommodation varies but is a good standard throughout and is chosen for its character and location. In most cases bedrooms have their own bathrooms and there is a swimming pool at most properties.
Ridges of Siena (6 nights)
|Dates 2022||Ridges of Siena
4th to 10th September
25th September to 1st October
9th to 15th October
16th to 22nd October
18th to 25th September
2nd to 9th October
23rd to 30th October
Itinerary in brief - Ridges of Siena (please enquire for Etruscan Ride itinerary)
|Day 1||[Arrive Rome airport mid afternoon and transfer to Sovana]. Meet your guide for dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sovana.|
||Breakfast and a short transfer to meet the horses then set off riding towards the small town of Proceno stopping for a picnic lunch on the way. The night is spent in the walls of the castle of Proceno. Dinner at your hosts restaurant.|
||Breakfast and set off riding northwards towards the hilltop town of Radicofani. The route crosses the river Fiora and then climbs to high ridges between the valleys. Stop for a picnic lunch with views to Radicofani. Descend into the forested valleys and then climb again, reaching your destination close to Radifocani. Dinner and night Agriturismo Sterposi.|
||A morning ride to the tower and fortress of Radifocani. Stop for a picnic lunch with wonderful views towards Siena. In the afternoon a short ride back to you accommodtion, then time ot relax by the pool (or take a taxi to Siena). Dinner and the night Agriturismo Sterposi..|
||Breakfast and set off riding by a different route back to Proceno. A picnic lunch by the river then follow tracks past cattle and sheep farms back to Proceno. A guided tour of the castle walls by your host whose family have lived here for 3 centuries. Dinner and night Proceno Castle.|
||Breakfast and the last days ride back to Sovana. Lunch will be a picnic at Vitozza, close to the town of San Quirico, where you will see the ancient cave dwellings. Continue back through forested valleys, finally climbing to the plateau with views of Sovana. Farewell to the horses and a short transfer to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant nd the night Sovana.|
||Breakfast and onward travel (transfers can be arranged to Orvieto or Rome).|
|Contact us at email@example.com or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.|
The meeting point for these rides is the village of Sovana, but transfers are possilbe on request from either at Orvieto station or Rome airport.
Transfer prices are approximately 200 euros each way per vehicle from / to Rome Fiumicino airport; 100 euros per vehicle each way from / to Orvieto.
You can also hire a car and drive yourself to the start point which is about a 2 hour drive from Rome Fiumicino airport.
There are direct flights to Rome Fiumicino with British Airways from London Heathrow. Easy Jet, Ryan Air, and Jet2 fly from several regional UK airports to Rome (either Fiumicino or Ciampino). Flights start from around £150 return