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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 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 comfo…

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: 90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

Description

This strikingly beautiful 17th-century castle, located between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, allows its guests to come in 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 flatwork lessons are available at added cost or can be built into a custom programme. There are a small number of instructors and 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 is 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 lunchtime. 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!

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
  • Medieval Castle Tour is a based ride
  • Short Break Programme is a based ride
  • Riding and Cycling 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

90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

The food here is traditional Italian cuisine and includes local specialities 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 the farmhouse and the chef prepares your delicious meals when you are 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 with double beds, 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.

Medieval Castle Tour Standard accommodation.

Short Break Programme Standard accommodation.

Riding and Cycling 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

Kelly J., Nov. 29, 2022

A really lovely relaxing break. Accommodation was very comfortable and the food was fantastic (and lots of it)! My horse was lovely; I felt the experience form I had sent had been read and understood and I was well matched. The tack was good standard, well fitting and comfortable.


Sol L., Sept. 14, 2022

It was incredible!!! One day we rode out to a lake nearby and we had a picnic lunch and then went for a swim. It was an amazing experience! The guides were amazing. They were helpful, gracious, and did a great job leading the way and offering pertinent information. Additionally, we had long sustained trots and canters which were lots of fun.


Nessa H., May 16, 2022

It was lovely! Amazing food, incredibly warm staff. Nice horses and lovely trails.


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!


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.


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.


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 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 Viaco 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.

NB. During July and August it is too hot for the full day ride, so you will be offered a half day ride and a 50min massage instead.

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’.

Alternatively, you can simply relax at the castle and take advantage of the swimming pool or tennis courts, or perhaps book a massage.

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. Check-out is usually 10am-12pm. A late check-out can sometimes be arranged, subject to availability.

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on shared occupancy (double beds), 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: April 10, 2023 - Nov. 12, 2023  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 16 June - 16 September)

Pricing

2023
Rider, Half Board (Standard season), sharing
£1100 $1330 €1240
Standard Season: 10th April - 15th June (excluding Easter) and 17th Sept-12th November.
2023
Rider, Full Board (Standard season), sharing
£1260 $1525 €1420
Standard Season: 10th April - 15th June (excluding Easter) and 17th Sept-12th November.
2023
Rider, Half Board (Peak season), sharing
£1195 $1445 €1345
Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 16th June - 16th September
2023
Rider, Full Board (Peak Season), sharing
£1355 $1640 €1525
Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 16th June - 16th September
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). *Only half days of riding will be offered in July & August due to the heat. 2023 also includes one 50 minute massage per person.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, tips and extra activities.

Extras

2023 - Orvieto Station Transfer €100
Paid locally
Cost is per way for a car of 1-3 pax (90km round trip)
2023 - "Out of Hours" Transfers €20
Paid locally
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00; cost is per person
2023 - Rome Ciampino Airport Transfer €340
Paid locally
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 340km round trip
2023 - Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer €320
Paid locally
Rome Fiumicino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 300km round trip
2023 - Single Supplement £124 $151 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
2023 - Non-Rider Discount Euro 500 reduction for non-riders
2023 - Beginners Discount Euro 230 reduction for beginner riders who only receive 6 lessons or easy hacks
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.

You will be met at either Rome Ciampino or Fiumicino airports. The transfers will leave once the final guest has arrived this day.

As you arrive at the castle you will meet your guides, the staff and count Antonio, owner of the castle. You will also be able to enjoy your first encounter with the horses before taking a guided tour of your first 17th Century Castle - the very castle where you will be staying over the next few nights.

You will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner before you head to your comfortable apartments within the castle grounds.

Day 2 - Onano, Sorano & Wine Tasting

Riding: 3 hours

Breakfast will be served, as always, in the old Stables room at the Castle.

This morning you will mount up and take the Brigands path headed north, through the hills, towards Onano. This fortified village with a medieval castle was the stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area during the Middle Ages.

After lunch back at the castle, you will be picked up and transferred to visit the magical Sorano Fortress. Enjoy sightseeing around this gem in Tuscany at your leisure, before proceeding to Fattoria Aldobrandesca Antinori vineyard to taste some of the famous wines of this area.

Day 3 - Lake Bolsena

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

This morning you will enjoy your first full-day trail, heading out from the castle across farmland and through chestnut woods. You will be following ancient tracks that will lead you right above the crater of Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. You will descend from here to the village of Gradoli, dominated by an impressive renaissance palace. It was said to have been the wedding gift of Pope Paulus III Farnese to his nephew around the middle of the 16th century. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas. See if you can spot the two islands; Isola Bisentina and Martana, in the centre of Bolsena lake. On the shore of the lake, you can enjoy a thrilling canter before reaching your midday stop.

Lunch will be served on the terrace of a typical trattoria right on the beach, where Antonietta the cook will serve delicious local food. If the weather is good, you might like to cool off with a swim in the lake - don't forget your swimsuit!

In the afternoon you will head back to the castle. This region holds many important Etruscan remains including ancient tombs carved into the rock throughout the countryside. Many have been reused by farmers as cellars for their wine, but they still serve as a reminder of the ancient history which abounds in this region. You will pass through the archaeological area of Pianezze where you will see Etruscan tombs dating back 2600 years.

Leaving lake Bolsena behind, you will wind your way back through the vineyards and ancient woodlands to return to the castle for another tasty dinner.

Day 4 - Lake Mezzano

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Another full-day trail will see you ride to the great volcanic lake, Mezzano.

This lake was also once a large volcanic crater and historical site, with human settlements dating back to the pre-Etruscan era (approx. 2700 years ago). It is now part of the Selva del Lamone regional park, due to its natural beauty and importance as a habitat for native and migratory birds.

Today's excursion will take you through the beautiful countryside, and up into the wooded hills which surround Onano. Here, the horses have the opportunity to canter along a wonderful natural passage surrounded by trees. At the top of the plateau, you have the chance to take in the dazzling scenery, before carrying on past local farms into ancient chestnut woodlands and then the lowland plains open up ahead of you. Here, if desired, you can canter up the old tracks, before reaching the marshlands and vineyards which surround lake Mezzano itself.

In a fantastic position on top of a hill overlooking the lake is the small agriturismo where you will find a restaurant and your lunch stop for today. During the warmer months, you can also swim in the Mezzano's crystal clear waters if you wish to.

In the afternoon, you will ride back following the old Brigands trail and take in a few historical sights on the way.

Day 5 - Ship Farm & Proceno Castle

Riding: 2 hours

After breakfast this morning you will enjoy a more relaxed 2 hours trail ride through the farmland surrounding the Castle. You will ride towards the hills which frame the property on the western plateau, upon which the castle is situated.

After lunch, you will be picked up by your driver and taken to visit the beautiful Proceno Castle. You can enjoy wandering the site at your leisure through the afternoon.

Day 6 - Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio

Riding: No riding.

There is no riding scheduled for today, instead, you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing and visit two distinct and uniquely iconic destinations; Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio!

Sites to visit in Orvieto include; the Duomo, St. Patrick's Qell, and underground tours into the cave network below Orvieto itself - these are available from the Tourist office in the centre of the town.

After a busy morning, you will have lunch at a beautiful restaurant in the centre of Orvieto before heading on to Civita di Bagnoregio.

The incredible morphology of this ancient and famous dying village has been caused by erosion and landslides over many thousands of years. This territory is made up of two different types of rocks, different in chronology and in the constitution. The most ancient formation is that of clay; it comes from the sea and forms the base layer which is particularly subject to erosion. As a result, Civita di Bagnoregio now sits upon a solitary outcrop of harder rock and is reachable only by a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge.

Return to the castle in the late afternoon for dinner.

Day 7 - Vitozza; the rock settlement

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today you will enjoy another full-day ride to discover the amazing ancient settlement of Vitozza. Considered one of the most interesting and extensive rock and cave settlements in central Italy, Vitozza remained inhabited continuously between the 12th and 17th centuries. Hidden by encroaching verdant woodlands, you will find nearly two hundred cave dwellings, along with crumbling castles and churches amongst the remains of this once bustling medieval village.

Take a relaxed picnic lunch, before riding back to the castle in the afternoon. On your arrival back, there will be time to enjoy a welcome massage to help ease out those aches from the week of riding.

Day 8 - Saturday - Departure

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast this morning it will be time to say goodbye to your hosts and new-found friends. A transfer will be organised back to Rome's Fiumicino or Ciampino airports.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable at a moderate pace with a mix of trots and canters. All riders should be physically fit and comfortable to spend full days in the saddle.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 9
Departure windows

April 1, 2023 - April 8, 2023  (*High Season)

April 15, 2023 - April 22, 2023

May 6, 2023 - May 13, 2023

June 10, 2023 - June 17, 2023  (*High Season)

Sept. 16, 2023 - Sept. 23, 2023  (*High Season)

Oct. 7, 2023 - Oct. 14, 2023

Pricing

2023
Standard season; sharing
£2110 $2555 €2375
2023
High Season; Sharing
£2200 $2660 €2475
2023
Standard Season; Single room
£2235 $2705 €2515
2023
High Season; Single room
£2325 $2810 €2615
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, water and wine with meals, castle tours, entrance fees and all transport, wine tasting, a 50-minute massage, as well as 3 full days riding (4/5hrs) and 2 half days riding (1/2hrs). Group transfers from Rome Fiumicino airport are also included.
Not included Flights, transfers at other times, personal travel insurance, other drinks, tips, extra activities and any other personal expenses.
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.

NB. The full day ride is not possible when it is very hot (July/August) and so you will be offered a half day ride and a 50min massage instead.

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 beds), 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: April 10, 2023 - Nov. 12, 2023  (Available to suit; Peak Season: Easter and 16th June - 16th September. Short break not possible in August (7 nights only))

Pricing

2023
Rider, Half Board (Peak season), sharing
£750 $905 €845
Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 18 June - 16th September. Short break not possible in August (7 nights only)
2023
Rider, Full Board (Peak season), sharing
£830 $1005 €935
Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 18 June - 16th September. Short break not possible in August (7 nights only)
2023
Rider, Half Board (Standard season), sharing
£695 $840 €785
Standard Season: 10 April - 15 June and 17 September - 12 November.
2023
Rider, Full Board (Standard season), sharing
£775 $940 €875
Standard Season: 10 April - 15 June and 17 September - 12 November.
Included 4 nights accommodation in shared rooms, meals (full or half board depending on choice), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle and 2 half days of riding (2 hrs per day) as well as 1 full day ride (4/5 hrs per day) with multi-lingual guide, 50 minute massage. *Only half days of riding will be offered in July & August due to the heat.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week and extra activities.

Extras

2023 - Orvieto Station transfer €100
Paid locally
Cost is per way for a car of 1-3 pax (90km round trip)
2023 - "Out of Hours" Transfers €20
Paid locally
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00, per person
2023 - Rome Ciampino Airport Transfer €340
Paid locally
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 340km round trip
2023 - Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer €320
Paid locally
Rome Fiumicino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 300km round trip
2023 - Single Supplement £71 $86 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
2023 - Non-Rider Discount Euro 330 reduction for non-riders
2023 - Beginner rider Discount Euro 195 reduction for beginners, who only receive 3 lessons or easy hacks
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

NB. The full day ride is not possible when it's very hot in July/August and you will be offered a half day ride and 50min massage instead.

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 beds), 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: April 10, 2023 - Nov. 12, 2023  (Available to suit, Saturday - Saturday; Peak Season: Easter (1-9 April) and 16th June - 16th September)

Pricing

2023
Rider/Cyclist, Half Board (Standard season), sharing
£1100 $1330 €1240
Standard Season: 10 April - 15 June and 17 September - 12 November.
2023
Rider/Cyclist, Full Board (Standard season), sharing
£1260 $1525 €1420
Standard Season: 10 April - 15 June and 17 September - 12 November.
2023
Rider/Cyclist, Half Board (Peak Season), sharing
£1195 $1445 €1345
Peak season: Easter and 16 June - 16 September
2023
Rider/Cyclist, Full Board (Peak season), sharing
£1355 $1640 €1525
Peak season: Easter and 16 June - 16 September
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, 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. *Only half days of riding will be offered in July & August due to the heat.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, room cleaning during the week, tips and extra activities.

Extras

2023 - Orvieto Station transfer €100
Paid locally
Cost is per way for a car of 1-3 pax (90km round trip)
2023 - "Out of Hours" Transfers €20
Paid locally
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00; cost is per person
2023 - Rome Ciampino Airport Transfer €340
Paid locally
Rome Ciampino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 340km round trip
2023 - Rome Fuimicino Airport Transfer €320
Paid locally
Rome Fuimicino airport transfers return, 1-2 pax, 300km round trip
2023 - Single Supplement £124 $151 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
All seasons
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 riding lesson of c. 50 minutes.

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Free times for games, swimming etc. 

4pm: One hour 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: June 16, 2023 - Sept. 16, 2023  (Sunday to Saturday during peak season)

Pricing

2023
Child (9-17yrs), sharing
£1065 $1290 €1200
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.
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.