Il Paretaio is a charming country house offering a high standard of riding tuition in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Located in a picturesque valley, in the heart of Tuscany, the centre offers guests the chance to learn according to the principles of classical riding on well-schooled and gentle horses.
Owned by Giovanni and Cristina de Marchi for nearly 30 years, who have devoted their lives to their passion for horses - the riding centre is F.I.S.E. affiliated and lessons are now given by Giovanni and Cristina's son, Pietro and his partner Natalie.
Pietro is certified by both the Italian professional coaching bodies and the British Horse Society as an Accredited Professional Coach, having spent several years working and qualifying in the UK. He has competed in the Burghley Young Event Horse (with a top 20 finish) and qualified other young horses for Badminton and Blenheim. He has trained under Richard Davison (four-time Olympian) and international eventer Andrew Downes. Alongside Pietro's competitive career, he shares his parent's passion for coaching and training riders, always with respect for the horse. Pietro is calm and has an open approach to teaching and a wonderful way of explaining, which can help riders of all levels to better understand and improve their own riding.
Natalie grew up around horses in the UK, competing at the Royal International and Horse of the Year Show before gaining experience in show-jumping and eventing. She has trained with Olympic show-jumper Geoff Billington, renowned coach Susie Gibson and dressage legend Dorothy Johnson to name a few. Natalie particularly enjoys teaching children and helping all riders to gain confidence and believe in their abilities. She has a very happy, calm and patient attitude.
Between them, all levels of rider can be catered to, from total beginners to those wishing to improve their dressage. 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.
Il Paretaio is also an excellent base for those who also enjoy exploring Tuscany. Located halfway between Florence and Siena there is plenty of sightseeing available and Tuscany has more UNESCO sites than any other part of Italy. Siena, Firenze and San Gimignano to name a few. It's also possible to organise cookery classes, wine tastings, yoga and bike rental for those interested.
Holly and Cathy have visited Il Paretaio - please just get in touch with any questions.