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Western Adventures in Tuscany

Overview

This welcoming, friendly destination specialises in western riding and was founded by three passionate horsemen who have been organising riding programmes for more than 25 years. With a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful Tuscan surroundings, all riders are given a warm welcome and encouraged to explo…

Highlights

  • Western Riding
  • Trail riding and tuition available
  • Family friendly destination
  • Great local sourced food and drink, most made on-site
  • Located in an area of historic and cultural interest

Essential Facts

  • 9 itineraries available
  • Max 8 riders per group (20 in camp)
  • Average of 4 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100kg / 220lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Description

This welcoming, friendly destination specialises in western riding and was founded by three passionate horsemen who have been organising riding programmes for more than 25 years. With a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful Tuscan surroundings, all riders are given a warm welcome and encouraged to explore the delights that a western-trained mount can bring you. There are a wide range of programmes to suit all levels of rider, including children, so whether you wish for a relaxed riding holiday, an exciting trail ride or to start or improve your western riding, there is something to suit.

The agriturismo itself lies 3km from the nearest town and nestled partway into a nature reserve at an altitude of 825m above-sea-level. It comprises of six main buildings placed on a spacious estate which is both an organic farm and riding holiday centre. This fantastic setting is ideal to reach many natural, archaeological and historical points of interest, as well as providing engaging landscapes and riding routes which appeal to nature lovers. Of course the spacious pastures are also perfect for the breeding and training of horses whilst allowing them to live out in natural herds with plenty of space to enjoy themselves and interact with one another.

The Monte Penna nature reserve is primarily wooded and home to a variety of wildlife including fox, porcupine, wild boar, deer, weasels, owls and falcons. The wooded areas are interspersed with clearings which surround small farmhouses and further afield can be found mountains, valleys and rich agricultural areas. Those who like adventure can ride further on the week trails, following the ancient paths of the Etruscans or perhaps through the famous Val d'Orcia, an area commonly depicted in works of art thanks to its inspiring landscapes.

In accordance with the homely welcome, guests are invited to share in the wholesome produce of the area, combined by the chefs to create dishes of traditional Tuscan cuisine. The dining room is also open to non-guests and so you have the opportunity to mix with locals, learning more of their lifestyle and culture. Everybody eats together on large tables, sampling delights such as ribbon-macaroni with artichokes and ricotta cheese, crostone with pork sausage, wild boar with polenta and much more!

This beautiful farm is founded on a respect for animals and nature, a philosophy which is evident in the care and personality of the horses and even in the restaurant, where many items are homegrown or locally-sourced. If you are looking for a homely atmosphere and riding on relaxed, happy horses then this could be the ideal place for your horseback holiday.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Western.

Horses

Haflingers, Appaloosas, Paints, Maremmanos and Arabians.
There are more than 60 horses who live in small groups on 100 acres of pasture land, completely meeting their natural needs of socialisation and movement. All the horses are trained in natural horsemanship and western riding, which teaches them to trust humans and be relaxed in all situations. The horses are very experienced and have great temperaments.

Riding

There are 9 itineraries:

  • A Taste of Trekking is a based ride
  • Etruscan Trail is a trail ride
  • Farm Stay and Mini Trail Combination is a trail ride
  • Maremma Trail and Traditions is a trail ride
  • Mountain Trail Challenge Course is a based ride
  • Ride & Swim Trail is a trail ride
  • Stationary Programme is a based ride
  • Two Lakes Trail is a trail ride
  • Western Riding Perfection Course is a based ride

Ages

10+ years for short rides in the surrounding countryside, 14+ years for the trail rides and 16+ for riding courses. Children aged 6 - 9 can take part in the stationary programme, riding in the arena only.

Health

None specific.

Weight

100kg / 220lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

When staying at the farm, everybody eats together at big tables which seat 8 - 10 people and share a variety of different dishes. The restaurant serves mainly traditional Tuscan meals which have been influenced by the surrounding areas of Umbria and Lazio. Many of the products have been grown in the farm gardens and all are prepared by the chefs with a lot of thought. The daily menu is not repeated and is based around good, wholesome cuisine.

Water and red wine is served with lunches and dinners. Other drinks are not included.

Vegetarians and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Accommodation

During stationary programmes and at the start and end of the trails, guests are accommodated in one of the 13 guest rooms (some with private bathrooms, some shared) located at the farm. This lies 3 kilometres away from the nearby town, Castell'Azzara and is partly inside the Monte Penna Nature Reserve. It lies at 825m above sea level in an area surrounded by fascinating landscapes.

The organic farm comprises of 6 main buildings, stables and outbuildings and is surrounded by 110 hectares of grounds. They also have 3 dining halls, a bar, meeting rooms, a relaxing room with fireplace, a pergola and a pretty garden. There is also a large camping area as well. The buildings work together to create what feels like a small village, surrounded by woodlands and pastures and populated by deer, horses, porcupines and wild boar. This is not a well-known area despite its beauty.

During point to point trail programmes guests will be accommodated in country houses along the way or in tents, depending on which programme you choose.

Itineraries

A Taste of Trekking Standard accommodation.

Etruscan Trail Standard accommodation.

Farm Stay and Mini Trail Combination Standard accommodation.

Maremma Trail and Traditions Tented / Standard accommodation.

Mountain Trail Challenge Course Standard accommodation.

Ride & Swim Trail Tented accommodation.

Stationary Programme Standard accommodation.

Two Lakes Trail Standard accommodation.

Western Riding Perfection Course Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

There are many beautiful places of historical or natural interest to be seen in the surrounding areas and it is also very pleasant for walking, swimming and sight-seeing. Here are some ideas...

The stunning Etruscan villages of Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano which are home to medieval settlements, castle and ruins are located nearby. The lovely historic town of Abbadia S. Salvatore with its abbey and mine museum are also well worth a visit.

Towards Viterbo you can find Lake Bolsena and its many surrounding villages and restaurants serving delicious fish. Civita di Bagnoregio, called "the dying town" is not much further from Bolsena. To the north, Val d’Orcia, with rolling hills, fields, arid landscapes and famous clay outcrops known as "calanche". Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino can all be found nearby.

The nearest cities for sightseeing and shopping are; Grosseto (1.5 hours), Siena (1.5 hours), Orvieto (1 hour) and Viterbo (1 hour 15 mins).

The region is famous for hot springs and thermal baths; S. Filippo, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sorana and Saturnia are all nearby.

For nature-lovers, the nature reserve of Mount Penna, just around the farm, or the woods of Monte Amiata (around 30 minutes away) are great for walking. Swiss artist, Daniel Spoerri, constructed a beautiful garden filled with sculptures on the slope of Monte Amiata. It is well worth visiting and offers sensational views of the valley.

Travel

Set time transfers are available from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports every Saturday at extra cost (see individual itineraries). The times for transfers are as follows:

Rome Ciampino airport: collection no later than 3 pm.
Rome Fiumicino airport: collection no later than 4 pm.

On departure, you will aim to leave the ranch by 9:30 am, arriving first at Fiumicino at 12 pm, then Ciampino at 1 pm. Please aim to book flights departing at least 2 hours after these times.

Set-time group transfers are also available from Chiusi train station on Saturdays for a smaller charge. Groups will be collected from here between 5.30-6.30 pm. An earlier, private, pickup can also be arranged at additional cost.

Or you can arrive by hire car and driving directions can be provided for your journey.

Testimonials

Matina, Nov. 6, 2019

It was a wonderful trip with good friends. Nice host, very good horses and wonderful guide Rico


Moran B., July 26, 2016

It is a wonderful and peaceful place - the staff are truly kind and professional, the food is delicious and served with generosity and the horses are well-trained. For me, it was perfect... looking forward to the next opportunity!


L. Radda, July 28, 2015

We have just arrived back from our holiday and I just wanted
to let you know that it was fabulous! The food is excellent, the people so friendly and caring and the horses were just amazing, something for everyone.


Itinerary & Pricing

Days 1 to 8

Riding: 2 - 5 hours

This is the perfect introduction to trail riding or what the organisers call "a taste of trekking". The programme is ideal for novice riders wanting to improve their trail riding skills and to have a little taste of adventure! Alternatively it would suit riders who just prefer to take it a bit easier.

For each of the first three days, riders will have a two hour ride in the countryside, getting used to the horses and way of riding and improving their trail skills. You will then spend your afternoons at leisure, exploring the area or simply relaxing.

During the following three days you will ride a point to point trail ride with full days in the saddle. On the Wednesday and Thursday you will take care of the horses, once the day of riding is finished, and leave them at safe overnight stops before you are transported back to the farm by minibus. On Friday you will ride the horses back home again.

The trail ride leads you through beech woods, an Etruscan cemetery and along 2000 year old Etruscan roads which are cut deep into the caves, as well as through ancient villages and across beautiful landscapes.

Accommodation

Shared twin/double bedrooms in one of 13 guest rooms at the farm.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate

Strong novice and above, happy to ride at walk, trot and canter on a sensible horse.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

March 20, 2021 - March 27, 2021

April 3, 2021 - April 10, 2021

April 24, 2021 - May 1, 2021

May 29, 2021 - June 5, 2021

July 31, 2021 - Aug. 7, 2021

Aug. 7, 2021 - Aug. 14, 2021

Sept. 18, 2021 - Sept. 25, 2021

Pricing

2021
High Season (17th July - 21st August), sharing
£830 $1175 €965
2021
Standard Season (20th March - 16th July and 22nd August - 2nd November), sharing
£755 $1065 €880
Included 7 nights of twin/double room accommodation, full board meals, drinking water and red wine with lunches and dinners, as well as 3 half days of riding (2 hours per day) and 3 full days (up to 5 hours per day).
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports every Saturday. Per person each way.
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports every Saturday. Per person return.
2021 - Single Supplement (High Season) £146 $205 €170
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £129 $182 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Train Station Transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set-time group transfers from Chiusi train station, per person return
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

Riding: No riding.

You will arrive at the farmhouse and settle in to your accommodation. In the evening you will meet your guide and the other participants of the trail, taking some time to chat and get to know each other.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will spend the whole day on horseback, getting to know your assigned mount. This is a chance for the guide to check that you are well-matched to your horse. There will be a picnic lunch during the day and at the end of the ride you will return to the farmhouse.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you will head out for the start of your adventure. It begins with a ride through the pastures and beech forests, then on to the banks of the Fiora river where you will stop for a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim. 

After your break, you will ride along old Etruscan roads known as 'Vie Cave'. These paths are cut deep into the tuffa rock and have been there for more than 2000 years, perhaps once acting as a defence system against invaders thanks to their high, cliff-like walls. They will lead you to the most famous monument in this part of Etruria called the Ildebranda Tomb, an incredible architectural work built somewhat like a temple. Here you will have a quick chance for a visit before heading on to your accommodation for the night.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

This morning you will ride on the Etruscan road again, passing through vineyards and olive groves. You will cross the Fiora River and make for the necropolis of Poggio Buco, a historical treasure which is one of the few remaining parts of an ancient Etruscan settlement from around the 7th century BC. 

From here you will ride on until you reach the lovely country house which will be your home for the night.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

The ride today will offer a longer morning ride into the lower landscapes of the Fiora valley, until you reach the hermitage of Poggio Conte. This is where 16th-century hermits created a chapel by excavating the tuffa rock. 

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to join the Butteri (local Italian cowboys) as they move their cattle using typical local Maremma horses - a wonderful experience of this traditional way of farming. Later in the afternoon, you will be driven back to the country house you slept on the night before and will have some time to relax at the swimming pool.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Your journey continues along the Olpeta, a deep cut Etruscan road and the only one in the area which also includes the remains of a Roman road. You will cross the Olpeta river and climb up to the site of the ancient city of Castro. You will enter the dense woodlands of the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve, carpeted with wildflowers and home to many birds such as woodpeckers and various falcon species. The woods have grown upon this patch of rocky terrain which is of volcanic origin. 

During this ride, you will encounter Maremma breed cattle who graze the forest clearings. After a picnic stop it's time to leave the forest and cross the rolling hills, so symbolic of Tuscany, enjoying spectacular views. Your accommodation tonight is near to Lake Mezzano, a crater lake of volcanic origin which is a beautiful place to visit and ideal for a refreshing swim.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

On this last day of riding you will depart from Lake Mezzano, riding on country tracks and descend towards the source of the Lente river. From here you will head back up to Sorana, meeting back up with one of the Etruscan roads. The last leg of your journey takes you towards Montevitozzo before bringing you right back to the farmhouse. In the evening you will eat one last dinner together with your guide and group, every participant receiving a small souvenir and a map of the journey you have made on horseback.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, it is sadly time to say goodbye to your new friends and horses before heading home.

Accommodation

Accommodation starts and finishes at the main farm. During the trail you will stay in typical Italian farmhouses which have been chosen for their comfort, cuisine and practicality for the horses. You stay in double/twin rooms but sometimes single supplement is available on request.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above riders, capable of riding at all paces, over difficult terrain and for long hours.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

July 17, 2021 - July 24, 2021

Aug. 21, 2021 - Aug. 28, 2021

Oct. 2, 2021 - Oct. 9, 2021

Pricing

2021
Rider, sharing
£1260 $1780 €1470
Single rooms are not always available each night - please contact us to enquire about possibilities.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, water and red wine with lunches and dinners and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return,
2021 - Train station Transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time group transfer from Chiusi train station, per person return.
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

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in the afternoon free time before dinner with your guides and fellow guests. Your accommodation for the night will be at the farm.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 2 hours

Today will be your first riding day and chance to get to know the horses. Following breakfast, you will head down to the stables and be introduced to your steed before enjoying a 2-hour trail ride through the woods which surround the far. This private woodland offers miles of off-road tracks to discover with opportunities to spot wild boar, deer and a variety of birdlife too.

The afternoon is then yours to relax in the peaceful environment of the farm or explore further in the local area.

Dinner and overnight at the farm.

Days 3 to 4 - Monday & Tuesday

Riding: 2 hours

The next two days will follow the same routine, with a morning trail ride through the woodland, covering a different route each time. Those wishing to take advantage of extra riding time, can add an 2-hour afternoon hack or lesson an extra cost (please inform us upon booking).

Days 5 to 7 - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Over these three days, you will set off on a short trail ride through beech woods, hills and villages in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, stopping to visit ancient Etruscan Necropolis, riding down the "Vie Cave", ancient roads cut deep in the soft tuffa rock of the region more than 2000 years ago. Each night you will sleep in rustic country houses along the route, taking in the wonderful Italian hospitality. By Friday evening you will return back to the farm where you'll enjoy a final dinner together with your hosts, guides and fellow guests.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Following breakfast at the farm, it will be time to head home or to continue on your travels.

Accommodation

5 nights will be spent in twin/double rooms at the farm (unless single requested), with 2 nights spent in local guesthouses whilst on the mini trail.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above - riders should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter with a reasonable level of fitness.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

March 27, 2021 - April 3, 2021

April 10, 2021 - April 17, 2021

April 17, 2021 - April 24, 2021

May 15, 2021 - May 22, 2021

June 19, 2021 - June 26, 2021

July 24, 2021 - July 31, 2021

Sept. 4, 2021 - Sept. 11, 2021

Oct. 9, 2021 - Oct. 16, 2021

Pricing

2021
High Season (17th July - 21st August), sharing
£955 $1355 €1115
2021
Standard Season (20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November), sharing
£870 $1230 €1010
Included 7 nights accommodation (5 at the ranch and 2 in guesthouses), full board meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, water and red wine with lunches and dinners and 6 days of riding (3 centre based and 3 on a mini trail).
Not included Airport transfers (available at added cost), drinks outside of meals, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return,
2021 - Single Supplement (High Season) £146 $205 €170
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £129 $182 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Train Station transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return.
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

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in the afternoon and free time before dinner with your guide and other guests. Your accommodation for the night will be at the farm.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Maremma where you will begin your journey riding through the hills of San Colombano. Crossing the river Fiora and riding through the woods of Montecalvo you will visit the sanctum of Poggio Conte, where, in the 16th century, hermits built a chapel dug entirely from the tough rock of the region.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 6 hours

Today will be your first day with the "Butteri", the Tuscan cowboys. You will enjoy rides through the woods of Baccano before reaching Vulci castle, where you will stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the archaeological park and begin working with the Butteri and their traditional Maremma cows.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

On this day you will spend your entire time in Vulci with the Butteri and their cattle. Continuing to work with the Cowboys as they sort and move their charges. For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious barbecue with products and recipes produced in this beautiful region.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will take a ride back from Vulci to Pietrafitta, where, in the afternoon, you will help to move the Maremma horse foals from their pastures to the corrals in order to be checked and sorted.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will depart on a two-day trail that brings will take you back to the main farmhouse. You will ride along the deeply etched Olpeta Etruscan road (the only one in the area that contains the remains of an ancient Roman road). Then, crossing the Olpeta River you will climb up to the site of the ancient city of Castro. Here you can enter the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve. This dense woodland, with its wildflowers and interesting bird life, such as woodpeckers and falcons, is unique to the area and has been pushed up on rocky terrain by volcanic activity. You will stop for a picnic lunch in the forest before leaving again in order to cross rolling hills with spectacular views and reach your accommodation for the night close to lake Mezzano - a crater lake of volcanic origin and an absolute paradise.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

From lake Mezzano you will ride through the Tuscan hills, heading towards the medieval village of Sorano. You will then continue along Etruscan roads toward Montevitozzo before finally reaching the farmhouse once more. In the evening you can enjoy your final dinner together with your guides and other guests during which every participant will receive a small souvenir and a map of your journey.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Breakfast at the farmhouse and then time to depart towards greater adventures.

Accommodation

A combination of traditional Tuscan country guesthouses or tents (depending on your chosen option) and rooms at the ranch.

Experience Experienced

Experienced riders only: comfortable riding at all paces, able to turn and stop confidently at all paces, able to ride away from the group and ride freely without being positioned behind a guide at all times.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

May 1, 2021 - May 8, 2021  (* Camping)

May 8, 2021 - May 15, 2021

Oct. 16, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

Oct. 23, 2021 - Oct. 30, 2021

Pricing

2021
Countryhouse, sharing
£1500 $2120 €1750
* Single rooms may be available at additional cost - please enquire for possibilities.
2021
Camping, sharing
£1200 $1695 €1400
* Single rooms or tents may be available at additional cost - please enquire for possibilities.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared twin/double rooms or tents, full board meals served with water and red wine, 6 days of horse riding and cattle work with the Butteri as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, sleeping bag (for the camping trail), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return,
2021 - Train Station Transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfers, per person return
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 8

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

Spend the week learning to ride like the cowboys and cowgirls who work in the mountains of the wild west!  

You will learn how to walk your horse across spaced logs, opening and closing gates, crossing a bridge or riding through a tunnel, even riding over a low seesaw.  These are challenges that you may encounter when riding a trail in the mountain and are also part of the new competition born in the United States that has now also taken off in Italy.  The great thing about this style of riding is that you can practice it both on the ground and in the saddle, and either with a bit or with a head collar.  

The first stage of the course is some ground work in order to improve control over the horse and all its movements and to increase the horse's trust and confidence in you.  You will deal with some obstacles starting with easy ones and as soon as you and your horse are ready you will move on to more demanding ones.

During the second stage, you first ride in the arena.  Then head back to the trail's camp where you tackle various obstacles, ride in the woods and see how this style of riding can benefit you when riding in the countryside.

In the afternoons, depending on the activities you may ride-out or take a lesson (not included in the price) or observe the work with the colts in training.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate

The program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Accommodation

Shared twin/double bedrooms in one of 13 guest rooms at the farm.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

You need to be capable of riding at walk, trot and canter. Although a tailored programme for non riders / beginners can be organised, combining the initial ground work and some general riding lessons.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 6
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

April 17, 2021 - April 24, 2021

May 29, 2021 - June 5, 2021

July 3, 2021 - July 10, 2021

Aug. 21, 2021 - Aug. 28, 2021

Oct. 2, 2021 - Oct. 9, 2021

Pricing

2021
High Season; 24 hours riding (twice per day), sharing
£970 $1375 €1130
High Season operates between the 17th July - 21st August.
2021
Standard Season; 12 hours riding (once per day), sharing
£715 $1015 €835
Standard Season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November.
2021
Standard Season; 24 hours riding (twice per day), sharing
£880 $1250 €1030
Standard Season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November.
2021
High Season; 12 hours riding (once per day), sharing
£790 $1115 €920
High Season operates between the 17th July - 21st August.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, water and red wine with lunches and dinners and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2021 - Single Supplement (High Season) £146 $205 €170
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £129 $182 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Train station transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfers, per person return
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

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in the afternoon and free time before dinner with your guide and other guests. Your accommodation for the night will be at the farm.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will take a full day ride out in the country surrounding the farm in order to become better acquainted with your horses before setting off on the trail. After breakfast, your guides will match you to your horse for the week and explain the trail route to you, as well as giving you an introduction to the equipment and techniques.

Return to the farm in the late afternoon to relax and enjoy another tasty dinner with your hosts, guides and fellow riders.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

The first day of the trail will see you set off from the farm riding towards the Fiora River through the morning. On arrival at the river's banks, you will stop and be met by the support vehicle and hopefully ready to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Through the afternoon you will continue to follow the river's course heading along one of the ancient Etruscan roads (via Cava) which was cut deep into the tough rock typical of this area more than 2000 years ago. The route will take you all the way to the famous monument of the Ildebranda tomb - an ancient Etruscan necropolis. You will stop here in order to visit the site and experience this fantastic temple shaped tomb dug straight from the rock. The last stretch of the afternoon will see you reach your campsite for the evening in time for a delicious cooked dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will leave the Fiora valley, heading towards Saturina and follow the Stellata river which is famous for it's thermally heated waters. The source of this river can be traced back to a beautiful waterfall which is very famous in the area. You will stop for a picnic lunch by the banks of the Stellata and have the phenomenal experience of swimming in the naturally heated river.

Once everyone is rested (and dried off) you will continue to follow the river's course until you reach the point where it joins the river Albenga. This will be your camping spot for the night.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

The highlight of today will be the chance for you to swim with your loyal and hardworking horse. Following the flow of the Albenga, you will reach a wide opening of the river course and a great spot to take off saddles and bridles and ride into the water. It's certainly not an experience to be missed and we would highly recommend bringing your swimming costume along for this one!

After a day of fun and frolics with the horses, you will saddle up again and head back along the river to your camp from the previous night and a tasty dinner.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Leaving your camp after breakfast, you will again head along the banks of the Albenga river but this time continue on until you reach the ancients Etruscan Necropolis at Puntone. This is another fantastic memorial to this ancient culture and is situated in the midst of a peaceful woodland setting. Again, you will be given the chance to enter the tombs and see for yourselves the physical splendour of this ancient civilisation. Finally, you will make camp for the evening and enjoy another of the tasty meals that will be prepared for you.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Descending back into the Fiora valley, today will see you come full circle and finally arriving back at the farm after what will certainly be a fun and interesting trail. That evening you will enjoy a final dinner with your riding companions and each guest will be presented with a small souvenir and map of the trail ride you have been following - a great memento of a wonderful trip!

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast at the farm, you will be waved a sincere goodbye from the whole team.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes 3 nights at the main farm and 4 nights on the trail in tents. All equipment for camping will be provided (except sleeping bags) including 2 person tents, mattresses, a central eating/kitchen tent, as well as a changing and washing tent.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Strong intermediate and above. Must be able to ride for long hours, over tough terrain, in walk, trot and canter.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

July 10, 2021 - July 17, 2021  (* Young riders (aged 16-24))

Aug. 14, 2021 - Aug. 21, 2021

Sept. 11, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2021

Pricing

2021
Rider, sharing
£950 $1345 €1110
* Single rooms or tents may be available at additional cost - please enquire for possibilities.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms/tents, full board meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, some drinks with meals and 6 days of horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, sleeping bag, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2021 - Train Station Transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfers, per person return
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 8

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

This is a stationary programme, staying at the agriturismo each night, for those who wish to ride out and enjoy the countryside. This programme is suitable for all levels and also for those who wish to combine riding with sightseeing or relaxation. You can choose twelve hours of riding (six sessions of two hours each) or twenty four hours (twelve sessions of two hours each). 

This is an excellent option for those who are not used to spending too long in the saddle at one time. You ride in the beautiful valleys surrounding the farm, exploring the woodlands and pretty streams which traverse the landscapes. 

The programme runs from Saturday to Saturday and is available on a half board or full board basis.

Accommodation

Shared twin/double bedrooms in one of 13 guest rooms at the farm.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Suitable for all levels

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

At any time during: March 20, 2021 - Nov. 2, 2021  (Dates available to suit with arrival and departure on Saturdays.)

Pricing

2021
Standard Season; Half board for a non-rider, sharing
£335 $475 €390
Standard season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
High Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£640 $905 €745
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
High Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£820 $1165 €960
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
High Season; Full board for a non-rider, sharing
£475 $670 €550
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
High Season; Half board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£560 $795 €655
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
High Season; Half board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£735 $1035 €855
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
High Season; Half board for a non-rider, sharing
£375 $530 €440
High season operates between the 17th July - 21st August 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Full board for a non-rider, sharing
£425 $600 €495
Standard season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£585 $825 €680
Standard Season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£750 $1055 €870
Standard season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Half board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£510 $720 €595
Standard season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Half board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£665 $940 €775
Standard season operates between 20th March - 16th July & 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
Included Accommodation in shared rooms, full or half board meals (as preferred), water and red wine with lunches and dinners and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2021 - Single Supplement (High Season) £146 $205 €170
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £129 $182 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Train Station Transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return
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

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in the afternoon and free time before dinner with your guide and other guests and a chance to discuss the itinerary ahead. Your accommodation for the night will be at the ranch.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today will offer a full day of riding and a chance for you and your horse to become accustomed to one another before the trail. You will return to the ranch in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner and overnight here again.

Days 3 to 7 - Monday - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

For the next 5 days you will set off on the trail of discovery, through the south of Tuscany and over into the north of Lazio. 

The route will take you first from the ranch towards Bolsena lake; sometimes riding across the hills above it, enjoying the gorgeous panoramas and sometimes along the banks right next to the lake itself. You will also ride along ancient roads, such the "via Francigena" (a pilgrimage road leading all the way to Rome) and on the ancient Roman road "via Cassia". On Wednesday you will leave the area of Bolsena lake and ride to the smaller Mezzano lake and a very different landscape. From here, on Friday, you will ride back to the ranch passing by Sorano and Etruscan "via cava" - the road cut in tuffa rocks by the Etruscan around 2000 years ago.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Breakfast and departure.

Accommodation

A combination of traditional Tuscan country guesthouses and rooms at the ranch.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above riders, capable of riding at all paces, over difficult terrain and for long hours.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

May 22, 2021 - May 29, 2021

Sept. 25, 2021 - Oct. 2, 2021

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£1260 $1780 €1470
* Single rooms or tents may be available at additional cost - please enquire for possibilities.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, water and red wine with lunches and dinners and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2021 - Train Station transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfers, per person return
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 8

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

This riding course is designed not only to perfect your western riding skills but also to teach you how to better help the horse when facing obstacles when riding in the countryside. Participants will be guided by Fabio Tascone who has 27 years of experience in teaching horses and riders with his "natural riding" methods. He aims to provide explanations that are intuitive and easy to follow. 

Lessons are given in the riding ring and surrounding pastures, areas which are equipped with various obstacles and provide the opportunity to perform different exercises in order to perfect your trail, pleasure and western riding. 

Course Objective: to develop and strengthen the communication and partnership between horse and rider, with a focus on the rider's feeling and sensitivity for the horse. To obtain the optimum communication between the two partners, the rider must learn to create a relationship of trust by developing their balance, seat and posture. 

The course includes both theory and practical lessons given in the ring, field exercise area and on trail routes. The lessons are aimed at riders who already have some basic knowledge of western riding and can ride a horse in walk, trot and canter in the riding ring. The first two hours are theory and the rest is all hands-on, so the majority of it is very practical.

Accommodation

Shared twin/double bedrooms in one of 13 guest rooms at the farm.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Capable of riding at walk, trot and canter in an arena with some basic knowledge of western riding.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 6
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

March 20, 2021 - March 27, 2021

June 5, 2021 - June 12, 2021

June 19, 2021 - June 26, 2021

July 17, 2021 - July 24, 2021

July 31, 2021 - Aug. 7, 2021

Aug. 28, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021

Sept. 25, 2021 - Oct. 2, 2021

Oct. 16, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

Pricing

2021
High Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£970 $1375 €1130
High season operates between 17th July - 21st August 2021
2021
Standard Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£715 $1015 €835
Standard season operates between the 20th March - 16th July and 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
Standard Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£880 $1250 €1030
Standard season operates between the 20th March - 16th July and 22nd August - 2nd November 2021.
2021
High Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£790 $1115 €920
High season operates between 17th July - 21st August 2021
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, water and red wine with lunches and dinners and 12 or 24 hours horse riding tuition over 6 days, as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks outside of meals (full bar service available), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer £112 $158 €130
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way
2021 - Airport Transfer £210 $300 €250
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2021 - Single Supplement (High Season) £146 $205 €170
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £129 $182 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Train Station transfer £30 $42 €35
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return
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.