Il Paretaio is a charming country house offering a high standard of riding tuition and scenic hacks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Located in a picturesque valley, in the heart of Tuscany, the riding centre is well known for its wonderful location and the professionalism and dedication of its staff to the principles of classical riding. It is home to a range of well-schooled horses, known for their gentle and willing temperaments which are the result of careful training. The guest rooms are warm and inviting, decorated in a traditional Italian style, and guests enjoy four course Tuscan dinners accompanied by quality Chianti wine.
The house and riding club are owned and run by Giovanni and Cristina de Marchi who have devoted their lives to their passion for horses - they have more than 30 years experience in teaching riders from all over the world. They personally train the horses with a focus on suppling techniques, ensuring that the horse can respond to light and sensitive aids with elasticity and expression in their movement. The riding centre is F.I.S.E. affiliated and Giovanni and Cristina are supported by experienced, well-trained instructors. Their aim is to teach with a calm and sensitive approach, leading you through softening exercises to improve your balance and position regardless of your riding level or age (children welcome). They can cater to all levels of rider, from beginners to those wishing to improve their dressage, and this destination is also a lovely option for families as children can receive friendly and encouraging tuition and then enjoy the swimming pool and gardens when not in the saddle.
As of 2020 Pietro de Marchi, Cristina and Giovanni's son, is also based back at Il Paretaio. Pietro is a BHS accredited professional coach and rider in dressage, showjumping and eventing. Pietro teaches internationally and spent the previous four years training young event horses in the UK, including participating at Burghley and qualifying a horse for Badminton in the young event horse classes. Pietro has had the opportunity to train with many international riders including dressage master and four times Olympian and European medalist, Richard Davison. He now brings this knowledge and experience to Il Paretaio's guests.
Il Paretaio is an excellent base for those who also enjoy exploring. Located half way between Florence and Siena there is plenty of sightseeing available and your hosts are happy to provide tips on how to make the most of your experience. The region of Tuscany has more UNESCO sites than any other part of Italy and there are several places well worth a visit including Siena, Firenze and San Gimignano. Cookery classes are also recommended - you won't want to forget the taste of the delicious meals you have here so it's worth learning how to cook one at home! If you prefer just to ride and relax then you can ride a few hours each day before settling down by the pool to admire the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and fields.
Holly has visited Il Paretaio and enjoyed both their tuition and hacking, so please just get in touch with any questions.