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Tuscany Castle

Overview

This strikingly beautiful 17th-century castle, located between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, allows its guests to come in to contact with the surrounding nature, splendid setting and the best views of central Italy. With its fairytale style turret, the castle is a romantic but co…

Highlights

  • Take a tour of the authentic 17th century castle
  • Much-loved horses of all shapes and sizes
  • Tuscan meals with organic produce
  • Visit the 'beach' of Lake Bolsena
  • Perfect for families with plenty for non-riders

Essential Facts

  • 5 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group (12 in camp)
  • Average of 23 kilometres riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100 kg / 220 lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Description

This strikingly beautiful 17th-century castle, located between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, allows its guests to come in to contact with the surrounding nature, splendid setting and the best views of central Italy. With its fairytale style turret, the castle is a romantic but comfortable setting for those wishing to explore the culture and history of the land in a relaxing way. Located just one and a half hours from Rome, the castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family have lovingly restored the cottages and farmhouse, once used by local farmers, to comfortably house their guests and they offer a warm, friendly welcome to all. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with this certified equestrian centre and the quality of the horses, trails and equipment.

The castle is situated on the Tuscany border and guests can experience one of the largest lakes of volcanic origins in Europe, Lake Bolsena. This is a unique and strikingly beautiful area, rich in olive trees and vineyards, charming villages, ancient churches and artistic monuments. Just 3km away lies a fascinating village of Etruscan origin, set deep into the hillside, so there is plenty to be explored! The castle was once the residence of a Cardinal who housed the Vatican's treasure here to keep it safe during the revolution in 1848... needless to say it is crammed full of fascinating artefacts. He chose the castle to be his personal residence and now his descendants, Count Antonio and his family, use this enchanting place as their country home.

The castle's equestrian centre is home to a herd of quality horses who are cared for to a high standard. There are two spacious outdoor arenas and lessons are available in both flatwork and jumping with all levels welcome. There is also a small cross country course on the estate which experienced riders can enjoy when the going is good. There are three instructors/ride leaders who between them offer a wealth of knowledge and experience from many different sectors of the equestrian industry.

Miles and miles of trails surround this magnificent estate and are a sheer joy to explore on horseback with the company of the guides. The pace of the rides are matched to the ability and preferences of the riders but don't worry, experienced riders can enjoy fast canters and interesting terrain on a forward-going horse! In the summer you can reach out from horseback and pick fresh figs, peaches, apples, pears and blackberries or even ride to the waters of beautiful Lake Bolsena for a typical Italian lunch. In spring and autumn, you can make the most of the perfect riding temperatures, verdant scenery and good ground for riding.

Your holiday can be as active or sedate as you like as you can choose one of their flexible packages or we can even tailor make something to meet your needs. Non-riders can enjoy mountain biking which is another of Count Antonio's passions - there is a selection of bikes (including electric mountain bikes!) with well-marked trails and even the chance to meet up with riders at lunchtimes. The castle also has a heavenly pool and tennis courts, a spa nearby and opportunities for wine-tasting, golf and fishing as well. Lake Bolsena is fifteen minutes by car and is host to the carp fishing world championships. Needless to say, this is a superb base for all sorts of holidays!

The castle was visited by Holly from Far and Ride in September 2014 and she could not fault a thing. Please do not hesitate to give her a call if you'd like to know more about this super destination.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English

Horses

There are several breeds used in the stables, including Italian Maremma and Murgese horses, German, Dutch and French warmbloods, Anglo Arabian, cross-breeds and a few ponies for children too.

All the horses have been selected for their attitude and have different personalities so there's something to suit everyone.

Riding

There are 5 itineraries:

  • Brigands Path is a based ride
  • Short Break Programme is a based ride
  • Riding and Cycling is a based ride
  • Rome and Ride is a based ride
  • Residential Summer Camp for Children is a based ride

Ages

9+

Health

Must be physically fit and in good health for the riding activities as described. All guests MUST wear riding helmets and must have insurance cover.

Weight

100 kg / 220 lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

The food here is traditional Italian cuisine and includes local specialties accompanied by a few new and delicious recipes - in keeping with Tuscan style the food tends to be simple and hearty but tasty. The restaurant is located in the taverna on the ground floor of farmhouse and the chef prepares your delicious meals when you eating on site. During the summer you can often eat on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool.

If you wish to eat outside of the castle then your hosts can offer you a list (available at reception) of the restaurants in the area that they recommend. Here you can discover the warmth of the local people, their authentic and genuine hospital and of course, the fantastic local recipes.

Accommodation

Just below the castle stands a handsome XVIII farmhouse, the original centre of the estate's farming activities. The farmhouse has been skillfully converted with careful attention being paid to conserving the authenticity of the building, together with providing comfort and privacy. The very large farmhouse now contains eight charming apartments and fourteen bedrooms, mostly furnished with original pieces. All of the bedrooms have en suite facilities and the apartments are fully equipped for self-catering.

On the ground floor there is a large 'taverna' with brick vaulted ceilings. The space is divided into three main areas including a dining room, a billiard room with table tennis facilities and a large kitchen for guests to use which is also equipped for cooking courses. On site there is a spa where several treatments will be on offer. Stella is a fully qualified beauty therapist, aromatherapist, masseuse and pedicurist who has been practising in Italy for twelve years.

Itineraries

Brigands Path Standard accommodation.

Short Break Programme Standard accommodation.

Riding and Cycling Standard accommodation.

Rome and Ride Standard accommodation.

Residential Summer Camp for Children Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The facilities here are fantastic for all the family. There are two private swimming pools (open 1st June to 30th September), a tennis court, indoor games room and plenty of green grass and a mini soccer pitch for active children.

A vast network of country tracks, bridleways and public footpaths cover the area and are still used by farmers and shepherds. The mountain biker is allowed to cross this land freely in any direction. You can rent a bicycle from the castle and head off alone or ask for a guide and benefit from his expertise and knowledge of the area.

You can hop on one of the 4x4 guided tours following old tracks through lakes, over hills and through forests to uncover interesting and mysterious sites that even some of the locals don't know about. You can visit the best Etruscan archeological sites as well as ruins of the ancient town of Castro and caves with carvings in the rock.

In the summer it is possible to experience a unique swimming adventure. Plunge into the warm and crystal clear waters of Lake Bolsena and relax on one of the numerous lakeside beaches in the area. The little lakeside towns hold a variety of treasures to be discovered.

This relatively undiscovered region of Alta Tuscia has much to offer - mystical cities, volcanic crater lakes and medieval architecture.

Travel

There are many airlines flying into both Rome airports including low-cost airlines.

We recommend you hire a car at the airport so you can explore the wonderful countryside of Tuscany, but transfers are possible if required (payable locally - see itineraries for prices). In order to facilitate transportation to the castle, the owners have arranged their own transfers at a lower price than normal taxis.

Orvieto is 45 km away from the castle and is the nearest train station. It is a 40-minute drive by car. Orvieto is 1 -2 hour by train from Rome depending on the train.

Fiumicino airport is 150km from the castle whereas Ciampino is 170km from the castle.

Transfers are available from 09:00 - 18:00 from Orvieto train station or Rome airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino). A small surcharge will be applied to transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00.

Testimonials

Misbah, March 10, 2020

What a great holiday, it was a really relaxing and enjoyable, a lot of care was taken to make us feel at home and it felt like visiting relatives, the food was amazing, I didn't think I would have so much good stuff to eat being lactose intolerant but it was amazing...


Tom W., Sept. 13, 2018

I cannot recommend the castle highly enough. I chose it for the riding but there is plenty to do for those who are not into horses; be it relaxing by the pool, exploring the area by bike or just using it as a base to explore the many sights in the region. Set within the castle grounds, the facilities were great and the food was amazing.
Nothing was too much trouble for the owners or staff who all made me feel extremely welcome and at home. The horse riding was the best I've ever experienced; the horses are very well cared for, fit yet sensible. The guides were professional and extremely knowledgeable and ensured everyone was in the appropriate group which suited their riding ability. The scenery was stunning and you can ride for hours on deserted trails without seeing a car.
For those that like a fast ride, there are numerous opportunities for long, long canters! I've ridden extensively in America, Canada, Kenya and the UK, but my experience in Italy surpassed anything I'd previously experienced. I will definitely be returning.


Angela G., Nov. 2, 2017

Horses were lovely - very pleased with myself to be partnered with "et Voila"!! Accommodation beautiful. Friendly staff, plenty of food, lovely room. (Favourite memory?) Amazing long trot and canter through some woods. Also trying to rescue a sheep stranded on a path!


Laura & Daniela S., Nov. 2, 2017

Very, very nice - much, much more than we expected. The place and food are (both) really very, very good. Elisabeth (guide) is much more than a riding guide, she is a superb teacher. (Favourite memory?) The incredible place and the superb welcoming and attention during all our stay. The staff are all really very kind.


Judith W. (Riding, Wine & Spa Week), Oct. 12, 2016

Excellent holiday, good mix of riding, spa, wine tasting, sightseeing and relaxation. Accommodation was good and the food was excellent. I rode Fred (horse) and got on well with him, he looked after me! The saddle was comfortable and all the tack clean and well looked after. Kylie and Tabby (guides) were excellent, very friendly, helpful; lots of stops to take photos.


Louise P., May 17, 2016

I loved it all - the castle was a wonderful place to stay, the cooking was excellent and the staff looked after us all really well. The tour of the castle was also very interesting!


Jeanie van Z., Dec. 8, 2015

Was both fun and relaxing. The horses were great, the accommodation was superb, as was the food. (Favourite memory?) The ride to the lake and meeting wonderful people. (Your guide?) Superb! Kylie was confident and relaxed and inspired confidence in all rides.


Claire B., Dec. 8, 2015

We loved the riding. Fiona was a complete beginner but was put at ease quickly, loved the opportunity to help with the horses. Mix of school and rides out just right. (Favourite memory?) For me - sitting on the veranda with nothing to do, looking at this giant oak tree. For Fiona - she loved Raffa, her usual ride.


Helen & Becs S., Dec. 8, 2015

FANTASTIC! Wonderful horses, such helpful friendly people, so peaceful, nice menage, loved the dogs too, didn't want to leave, wouldn't change anything! (Favourite memory?) All the riding and wine tasting trip with Tryfon and Francesca. Beautiful scenery, wonderful horses, food and wine.


Dudi S. & Lea P., Nov. 25, 2015

We enjoyed it very much. The castle is beautiful and so are the surroundings. tHe rooms are large and nice and so are the facilities in the hotel. There are two large ménage and there are around 20 well educated horses. The horses were excellent and so was the equipment. Kylie was very professional as well as nice. We had a great time with her.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Check-in is typically between 2-5 pm on arrival day (earlier or later times can be accommodated with advance warning). Upon arrival in the afternoon you will check in and enjoy a welcome drink at the castle & briefing with your guide/instructor about riding and accommodation details and choice of the horses for the next few days. Dinner will be delicious!

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 18 kilometres

From the Castle you will ride on an old track before reaching the the hills that frame the plateau to the west. You will continue through the chestnut woods to arrive at the top to experience fabulous views from the beautiful crater of lake Bolsena to the hills of the Mezzano lake. Then, if wanted, horses can be pushed into a canter following the old track crossing the plain before the lake along the fields and vineyards.

Day 3 - Monday (full day ride)

Riding: 32 kilometres

Ride through farmland on the Brigands Path and into the wooded hills which surround Orano. Glimpse stone pine trees atop an ancient Etruscan site and arrive on the flat plain of the Mezzano crater. Stop for lunch at the Fra Vico farm restaurant where you can also take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake.
After lunch, ascend through ancient chestnut woods to arrive back at the castle.

Day 4 - Tuesday (non-riding)

Riding: No riding.

Today is a day off for local excursions. The surroundings of the castle are full of interesting archeological and historical sites. Just a few suggestions - the village fortresses of Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovano. It is definitely worth visiting the marvellous Italian gothic church of Orvieto - Civita di Bagnoregio, called the ‘Dying Town’

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 20 kilometres

Today you follow the Brigands Path towards picturesque Lake Bolsena. A fantastic spot for a breathtaking view of the area, stretching from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding the little lake Mezzano on the other side. On a clear day the sea can be seen 40 km in the distance like a shimmering mirror. As you head back along this ancient outlaws highway you pass through mature oak woodlands with original farm dwellings in the traditional tufo rock.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 20 kilometres

Once again on the Brigands track you will go north through the hills towards Onano. Onano is a fortified village with a medieval castle in its centre, providing an interesting site for the riders.

Centuries ago, it was an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area during the middle ages. Narrow crossings will alternate beautiful open fields with a view. Once at the little medieval church Madonna delle grazie you will follow the track north through enchanting countryside back to the castle.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 16 kilometres

Following an old Etruscan trail, you will ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding lake Bolsena. Here, you will enjoy remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent volcanic lake and the panorama dominated by the famous Farnese palace in Gradoli - gift made by the Pope in 1500 for his nephew for his wedding - what a present!

You will return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. In particular, you will enjoy a canter through a tunnel made by oak trees above an old shepherds path.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

You will check out in the morning and depart.

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on shared occupancy (double or twin), all with en-suite facilities in the restored farmhouse. Single supplement available.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable at a moderate pace with a mix of trots and canters. A tailored beginner and novice friendly programme (offering a combination of lessons and short trails) is also available for those who don't meet the required level for the standard option.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 5
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: 1 July-11 September)

At any time during: March 12, 2022 - Nov. 12, 2022  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: Easter and 1 July-11 September)

Pricing

2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Peak season) sharing
£1170 $1630 €1375
Peak Season: 1st July - 11th September and Easter week. * Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Standard season) sharing
£990 $1380 €1165
Standard Season: 12th March-30th June (excluding Easter) and 12th Sept-14th November. * Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half Board (Peak season) sharing
£780 $1090 €920
Peak Season: 1st July - 11th September and Easter week. * Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Peak season) sharing
£890 $1235 €1045
Peak Season: 1st July - 11th September and Easter week.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Standard season) sharing
£710 $990 €835
Standard Season: 12th March-30th June (excluding Easter) and 12th Sept-14th November.
2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Peak season) sharing
£1275 $1775 €1500
Peak Season: 1st July - 11th September and Easter week.
2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Standard season) sharing
£1100 $1530 €1290
Standard Season: 12th March-30th June (excluding Easter) and 12th Sept-14th November.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Standard season) sharing
£605 $840 €710
Standard Season: 12th March-30th June (excluding Easter) and 12th Sept-14th November. * Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, meals (full or half board depending on choice), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 1 full day riding (4/5hrs) and 4 half days riding (2/3hrs).
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week, tips and extra activities.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $295 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 340km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £200 $280 €240
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 300km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £220 $305 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 300km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Airport Transfer £230 $325 €275
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 340km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 4 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station Transfer £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 2-3 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station Transfer £85 $119 €100
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 1 pax, 90km round trip
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Transfers £13 $18 €15
Paid to Far and Ride
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00, per person
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Thursday

Riding: No riding.

Arrival day, transfers from Rome airport are available at an additional cost. After checking in you will be served with a welcome drink and then you will meet with your guide/instructor who will be looking after you throughout your stay.

Day 2 - Friday

Riding: 18 kilometres

Today, you will ride towards the hills framing the west plateau on which the castle is situated. A fantastic spot for a breathtaking view of the area, from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano.

Day 3 - Saturday

Riding: 32 kilometres

Ride through farmland on the Brigands Path into the wooded hills which surround Onano. Glimpse pine trees atop an ancient Etruscan site and arrive on the flat plain of the Mezzano crater. Stop for lunch at the Fra Viaco farm restaurant where you can also take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the lake. In the afternoon ascend through ancient chestnut woods to arrive back at the castle.

Day 4 - Sunday

Riding: 18 kilometres

Again you head out along the Brigands Path but today you ride towards picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fantastic spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other. On a clear day you can see the sea 40km away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back along this ancient outlaws highway you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock.

Day 5 - Monday

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast - checkout is usually 10am-12pm.

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on shared occupancy (double or twin), all with en-suite facilities in the restored farmhouse. Single supplement available.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable at a moderate pace with a mix of trots and canters. A tailored beginner and novice friendly programme (offering a combination of lessons and short trails) is also available for those who don't meet the required level for the standard option.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 5
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021  (Available to suit; Peak Season: 27th March-11th April and 1st July - 11th September 2021)

At any time during: March 12, 2022 - Nov. 14, 2022  (Available to suit; Peak Season: Easter and 1st July - 11th September)

Pricing

2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£670 $935 €790
2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£845 $1180 €995
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£410 $575 €485
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£590 $820 €695
2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£605 $845 €715
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Peak season), sharing
£780 $1090 €920
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£345 $485 €410
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Peak season), sharing
£525 $735 €620
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
Included 4 nights accommodation in shared rooms, meals (full or half board depending on choice), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle and 3 half days of riding (2 hrs per day) as well as 1 full day ride (4/5 hrs per day) with multi-lingual guide.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week and extra activities.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £200 $280 €240
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 300km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £220 $305 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 300km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $295 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 340km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £230 $325 €275
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 340km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £85 $119 €100
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 1 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 2-3 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 4 pax, 90km round trip
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £68 $95 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Transfers £13 $18 €15
Paid to Far and Ride
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00, per person
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Saturday: Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Check-in at the castle and a welcome drink. You will meet your guides for an introduction and briefing of the programme, then will take a guided tour of the castle.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 18 kilometres

Riders: Today you ride towards the hills which frame the west plateau on which the castle is situated. This is a fantastic spot for a breathtaking view of the area, from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano. c. 18km

Cyclists: Today you will zig-zag through the countryside to reach the town of Bolsena where you'll have coffee in the main square. Following an undulating route, you will reach Torre Alfina Castle where you will stop for a gelato before returning back to the castle. c. 50km Road Bikes

Day 3 - Monday - full day ride

Riding: 32 kilometres

Riders: Ride through farmland on the Brigands Path into the wooded hills which surround Onano. You will glimpse stone pine trees atop an ancient Etruscan site and will then arrive on the flat plain of the Mezzano Crater. Stop at the Fra Viaco farm restaurant and meet the cyclists there for lunch. There is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake.  After a delicious meal, you ascend through ancient chestnut woods to arrive back at the castle. c. 32km

Cyclists: After climbing the wooded hills of the Selva di Onano you head towards Tuscany following a scenic gravel road to approach the lake from the north-west side. All around you is fantastic unspoilt countryside. You will stop at the Fra Viaco farm restaurant and meet the riders there for lunch. There is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake. 
After a delicious lunch you are prepared for the steep uphill climb before a well-deserved final descent back to the castle. Two routes to choose from - either c. 30km or c. 50km Mountain Bikes

Day 4 - Tuesday: A day off for sightseeing

Riding: No riding.

The local area is full of interesting archaeological and historical sites. A few suggestions would be for you to visit the village fortresses of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovano. It is definitely worth visiting the marvellous Italian gothic church of Orvieto - Civita di Bagnoregio, known as the 'Dying Town'. 

Other activities such as wine-tasting or boating on Lake Bolsena can be organised at additional cost.

Alternatively you can choose to relax at the castle and take advantage of the swimming pool, tennis court, indoor and outdoor games or perhaps have a massage or take a cooking class.

Day 5 - Wednesday: Lake Bolsena

Riding: 36 kilometres

Riders: Following an old trail down through the crater, you will enjoy breathtaking views. Here and there, scattered around the countryside, are archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs which remind you how old the beautiful land is. You will meet the cyclists at the lakeside restaurant for lunch and a swim. On your way back you will see the magnificent Farnese renaissance palace in Gradoli. Once at the top of the crater of the lake an old track through the woods will lead you back to the castle. c. 36km

Cyclists: Descending into the crater, you will admire the hilltop town of Grotte di Castro. Once beside the lake you will follow its northern shore heading towards Capodimonte. You will meet the riders at the lakeside restaurant for lunch and a swim.  On the return journey you will climb out of the crater, crossing the village of Gradoli. c. 50km Mountain Bike

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 20 kilometres

Riders: Taking the Brigands Path you head north through the hills towards Onano, a fortified village with a medieval castle which was the stronghold of the Monaldeschi family, rulers here in the Middle Ages. At the Madonna delle Grazie Church you will follow the track north through enchanting countryside back to the castle. c. 20km

Cyclists: After crossing Onano the road will gently undulate before descending deeply into the gorge of the river Lente. The dramatic view of the fortress in Sorano is worth a photo stop. Onwards towards Pitigliano which was once an Etruscan village and then a medieval fortress owned by the noble Orsini family. You will stop to visit the historical centre and the Jewish ghetto. The return route will steadily but gently climb until you make a final descent to the castle. c. 60km Road Bike

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 16 kilometres

Riders: Following an old Etruscan trail you will ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding Lake Bolsena. Here you will enjoy remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent Volcanic lake and the panorama which is dominated by the famous Farnese palace in Gradoli. This was a gift made by the Pope in 1500 to his nephew on his wedding, what a present! Return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. In particular, you will enjoy a canter through a tunnel of oak trees on an old shepherds path. c. 16km

Cyclists: Monte Amiata is the big, irresistible challenge for local cyclists. The first part is an easy, mostly downhill route, following the old Roman road along the river Paglia. However, you soon start climbing for 27km up along the mountain touching Piancastagnaio and Abbadia S. Salvatore. The road winds up through the old mines, then through the chestnut woods for a time that seems never-ending. Finally you will reach the top at 1734m! Here you will take a well-deserved stop to refuel and take some photos, then you will ride down the steep roads of the southern side of the mountain. The air is cool and thin and you can feel the difference. Watch out on the last 20km where there are ups and downs on the hills which are not to be underrated. c. 107km (a less challenging ride is available) Road Bike

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Having had many amazing experiences and exhilarating adventures, you will prepare for your onward journey. Check-out is usually between 10am - 2pm, although a late check-out can be arranged subject to availability.

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on shared occupancy (double or twin), all with en-suite facilities in the restored farmhouse. Single supplement available.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders and cyclists. Riders should be comfortable at a moderate pace for long hours, with a mix of trots and canters. Cyclists should be fit and also comfortable at a moderate cycling pace for several hours, including hills. A tailored beginner and novice friendly programme for both horse and bike riders is also available for those who don't meet the required level for the standard option.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 6
Accommodation for up to 12.
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: 27th March-11th April and 1st July - 11th September 2021)

March 12, 2022 - Nov. 14, 2022  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: Easter week and 1st July - 11th September 2022)

Pricing

2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Peak season), sharing
£780 $1090 €920
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£605 $840 €710
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£890 $1235 €1045
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£710 $990 €835
2021/2022
Rider/Cyclist, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£1225 $1705 €1440
2021/2022
Rider/Cyclist, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£1075 $1500 €1265
2021/2022
Rider/Cyclist, Half Board (Peak season), sharing
£1120 $1560 €1315
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Rider/Cyclist, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£970 $1350 €1140
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
Included 7 nights of double or twin room accommodation in the restored farmhouse below the castle, a welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 5 riding days for the horse riders, including 1 full day ride (4/5hrs) and 4 half day rides (2/3hrs), 5 bike riding days for the cyclist.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week, tips and extra activities.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £200 $280 €240
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 300km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £220 $305 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 300km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $295 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 340km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £230 $325 €275
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 340km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Electric Bike Supplement (all seasons) £128 $178 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 2-3 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 4 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £85 $119 €100
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 1 pax, 90km round trip
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
All seasons
2021 - Transfers £13 $18 €15
Paid to Far and Ride
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00, per person
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Days 1 to 3 - Rome

Riding: No riding.

The apartment in Rome is owned by your hosts at the castle - it is centrally located and well-appointed. You are free to come and go as you please and will be on a self-catering basis during your time in the city (no meals are provided until you reach the castle on day four).

Day 4 - Rome - Tuscany

Riding: No riding.

In the afternoon make your way to the castle. After check-in and a welcome drink you'll meet the guides for an introduction and programme briefing and take a guided tour of the castle. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 5 - Half day ride

Riding: 18 kilometres

Meet the horses and set off riding towards the hills framing the west plateau on which the castle is situated. A fantastic spot for a breathtaking view of the area, from the beautiful Lake Bolsena to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano.

Beginner riders can also be accommodated and instead of the longer rides will receive ten hours of tuition and easy hacks.

Day 6 - Full day ride

Riding: 32 kilometres

Ride through farmland on the Brigands Path into the wooded hills which surround Omano. Glimpse pine trees atop an ancient Etruscan site and arrive on the flat plain of the Mezzano crater. Stop at the Fra Viaco farm restaurant and meet for lunch. You can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake. After lunch, ascend through ancient chestnut woods to arrive back at the castle.

Day 7 - Half day ride

Riding: 18 kilometres

Head out along the Brigands Trail again but towards the picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fantastic spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other. On a clear day you can see the sea 40km away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back along this ancient outlaws highway you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Departure after breakfast (check-out is usually 10am-12pm).

Accommodation

3 nights self-catering in the Rome apartment, 4 nights on the estate (full or half board).

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable at a moderate pace with a mix of trots and canters. A tailored beginner and novice friendly programme (offering a combination of lessons and short trails) is also available for those who don't meet the required level for the standard option.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 5
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: 27th March-11th April and 1st July- 11th September 2021)

At any time during: March 12, 2022 - Nov. 14, 2022  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: Easter and 1st July- 11th September 2022)

Pricing

2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Peak season), sharing
£740 $1030 €870
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£560 $780 €660
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£1185 $1655 €1395
2021/2022
Rider, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£1010 $1405 €1185
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Peak season), sharing
£805 $1120 €945
2021/2022
Non-Rider, Full board (Standard season), sharing
£625 $870 €735
2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Peak season), sharing
£1125 $1565 €1320
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
2021/2022
Rider, Half board (Standard season), sharing
£945 $1315 €1110
* Lunches are not included but are available to purchase at the restaurant on-site or locally.
Included 3 nights of self-catering accommodation in Rome apartment, 4 nights of accommodation (twin/double occupancy) at the estate with full or half board, welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 1 full riding day and 3 half riding days.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, transfers, meals, drinks an activities in Rome, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £200 $280 €240
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 300km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £220 $305 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 300km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $295 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1 pax, 340km round trip
2021 - Airport Transfer £230 $325 €275
Paid to Far and Ride
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 2-3 pax, per vehicle, 340km round trip (4+ pax require two vehicles)
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £85 $119 €100
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 1 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 2-3 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Orvieto Station transfer £119 $166 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Orvieto train station transfer return, 4 pax, 90km round trip
2021 - Single Supplement £68 $95 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Transfers £13 $18 €15
Paid to Far and Ride
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00, per person
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Days 1 to 7 - Example Daily Itinerary:

Riding: 2 hours

8am: Breakfast

9am: Theory of riding and stable management lessons, followed by practical tuition.

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Free times for games, swimming etc. 

4pm: Riding activity (lesson or hack).

8pm: Dinner and evening activity. 

NB. Helmets and body protectors are compulsory.

Facilities on site include:

- 2 outdoor sand arenas
- show jumps and some cross country fences
- round pen
- miles and miles of traffic-free hacking routes
- tennis court
- swimming pool
- indoor games
- music area (piano and guitar)
- volleyball/badminton court
- trampoline
- football pitch
- local lakes for swimming
- cooking classes
- cycling

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on shared occupancy in the restored farmhouse.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All levels are catered for. Participants should be aged from 9 - 17.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

At any time during: July 1, 2021 - Sept. 11, 2021  (Sunday to Saturday during peak season)

At any time during: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 11, 2022  (Sunday to Saturday during peak season)

Pricing

2021/2022
Child (9-17yrs), sharing
£850 $1185 €1000
Included 6 nights of accommodation in shared rooms, all meals and 5 riding days with approximately 2 hours of riding, stable management and tuition per day.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week, tips and extra activities.

Extras

2021/2022 - 10% discount 10% discount for groups of 6 or more children
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.