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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

  • 7 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 7 itineraries:

  • Stationary Programme is a based ride
  • Western Riding & Mountain Trail Course is a based ride
  • Etruscan Trail is a trail ride
  • Maremma Trail and Traditions is a trail ride
  • Maremma Park & Coast Trail is a trail ride
  • A Taste of Trekking is a based ride
  • Farm Stay and Mini Trail Combination is a trail 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

Stationary Programme Standard accommodation.

Western Riding & Mountain Trail Course Standard accommodation.

Etruscan Trail Standard accommodation.

Maremma Trail and Traditions Tented / Standard accommodation.

Maremma Park & Coast Trail Standard accommodation.

A Taste of Trekking Standard accommodation.

Farm Stay and Mini Trail Combination 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

Carola B., June 7, 2021

Really great! A nice week with nice people. Rico (guide) was very good, he spoke German and English and could give us some great tips for the handling of the horses. (Favourite memory?) The beautiful landscapes and hearty people.


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!


Lara. R., 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 - 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 25, 2023 - Nov. 4, 2023  (Dates available to suit with arrival and departure on Saturdays.)

Pricing

2023
Regular riding; high season; full board; sharing
£745 $915 €865
Includes full board meals and approx. 12 hours of riding. * High season operates between the 15th July - 26th August 2023.
2023
Intensive riding; high Season; full board; sharing
£1035 $1275 €1210
Includes full board meals and approx. 24 hours of riding. * High season operates between the 15th July - 26th August 2023.
2023
Regular riding; high season; half board; sharing
£650 $800 €755
Includes half board meals and approx. 12 hours of riding. * High season operates between the 15th July - 26th August 2023.
2023
Non-rider; high season; half board; sharing
£435 $535 €510
Includes half board meals. (full board meals available at extra cost) * High season operates between the 15th July - 26th August 2023.
2023
Non-rider; standard season; half board; sharing
£390 $480 €455
Includes half board meals. (full board available at an extra cost). * Standard season operates between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
2023
Regular riding; standard season; half board; sharing
£590 $725 €690
Includes half board meals and approx. 12 hours of riding. * Standard season operates between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
2023
Regular riding; standard season; full board; sharing
£675 $830 €790
Includes full board meals and approx. 12 hours of riding. * Standard season operates between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
2023
Intensive riding; standard season; full board; sharing
£940 $1155 €1100
Includes full board meals and approx. 24 hours of riding. * Standard season operates between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
Included Accommodation in shared rooms, full or half board meals (as preferred), water with lunches and dinners and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way.
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return, based on 1 passenger. * Reduced rates can be offered when 2 or more passengers share the same transfer together.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (set time) £34 $42 €40
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return
2023 - Single Supplement (High Season) £180 $220 €210
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
2023 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £154 $190 €180
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
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 whilst 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 mountain trail, western pleasure and western horsemanship skills. 

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, field exercises and 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

April 1, 2023 - April 8, 2023

April 8, 2023 - April 15, 2023

April 15, 2023 - April 22, 2023

July 22, 2023 - July 29, 2023

Aug. 19, 2023 - Aug. 26, 2023

Sept. 30, 2023 - Oct. 7, 2023

Oct. 7, 2023 - Oct. 14, 2023

Pricing

2023
Standard Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£830 $1020 €970
The standard season operates until the 12th November 2022, as well as between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
2023
High Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£1120 $1375 €1305
High season operates between 15th July - 26th August 2023
2023
High Season; Full board with 12 hours riding, sharing
£910 $1120 €1065
High season operates between 15th July - 26th August 2023
2023
Standard Season; Full board with 24 hours riding, sharing
£1020 $1250 €1190
The standard season operates until the 12th November 2022, as well as between the 25th March - 14th July & 27th August - 4th November 2023.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, water 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 (full bar service available), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station transfer (set time) £34 $42 €40
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return
2023 - Single Supplement (High Season) £180 $220 €210
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
2023 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £154 $190 €180
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
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

May 20, 2023 - May 27, 2023

July 22, 2023 - July 29, 2023

Aug. 26, 2023 - Sept. 2, 2023

Sept. 16, 2023 - Sept. 23, 2023

Pricing

2023
Rider, sharing
£1430 $1760 €1670
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 horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Set-time) £34 $42 €40
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 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

April 29, 2023 - May 6, 2023  (*Camping)

May 6, 2023 - May 13, 2023  (*runs in reverse)

Pricing

2023
Country Houses, sharing
£1625 $2000 €1900
* Single rooms or tents may be available at additional cost - please enquire for possibilities.
2023
Camping, sharing
£1370 $1685 €1600
* 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, 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

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way,
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer £34 $42 €40
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfers, per person return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; 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 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

You will arrive at the farmhouse and settle into your accommodation. Over dinner this evening you will meet your guide and the other participants of the trail, taking some time to chat and get to know each other and discuss your horse preferences for the week.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast this morning, you will mount up to take a short introductory ride in the arena and get to know your horses. Once everyone is comfortable you will set off on your trail; riding down hills toward the river Fiora which borders this region, you will cross the river bed and continue riding through the Tuscan hills until you reach your first country house in Catabbio. You will enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night here.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast this morning you will remount your horses and leave the Fiora Valley, heading towards Saturnia. You will follow the Stellata river, known for its thermal waters and its source at the famous waterfalls of Stellata. Depending on the weather conditions, your guide will choose a suitable picnic spot and there may be the possibility of a swim in the thermal waters. If the conditions are cold, or the group prefers it, then you may continue to ride a little further until you reach the Etruscan Necropolis of Puntone and stop for a picnic lunch and visit here instead.

In the afternoon, you will continue to follow the Stellata river until it joins the Albenga River, where it will wind its course down to the country house where you are going to stay for the next two nights.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will ride along the banks of the Albegna river until you reach a picturesque spot where you can lead the horses in for a swim. For lunch, you will return to the country house where you can enjoy a restful afternoon.

In the event of rain or if the conditions are too cold, then instead of the morning swim ride, you will ride to and visit an ancient Etruscan site called Ghiaccioforte.

Dinner and overnight at the same country house as before.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 6 - 7 hours

Today, once you have mounted up, you will leave the Albenga valley and ride into the Maremma National Park itself. Heading through the hills of Scansano, and the vineyards famous for Morellino wine, you will appreciate the quintessentially Tuscan landscape. In the evening you will reach your country house in Montiano where you can enjoy a wine tasting of the typical wines made in this area, before another delicious Tuscan dinner.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast this morning, you will continue your ride through the Maremma National Park, heading in the direction of the Mediterranean coast. For lunch, you will stop at an organic farm close to Alberese, where you have the chance to taste some of the region's excellent pecorino cheese.

Through the afternoon you will notice the terrain change from rolling Tuscan hills to Mediterranean lowland scrub as you get closer to the coast. As you ride through the National Park, you will pass the impressive remains of the San Rabano Abbey.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will continue to ride through the coastal areas of the Maremma National Park, where you will observe the herds of Maremma cattle, often watched over by the butteri (local cowboys) mounted on their Maremma horses.

You will ride through the Mediterranean pine forests until you reach the beach at Collelungo and from there you continue on the beach to Marina di Alberese. Stop for a picnic lunch in the pine woods, with the possibility to take a swim in the sea, of course!

In the afternoon, you head back to the country house, where you leave the horses and return to the ranch by bus. In the evening you will enjoy a final dinner together, during which every participant will receive a small souvenir and a map of your journey.

Day 8 - Saturday - Departure

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, it is sadly time to say goodbye before heading home.

* please note that on some dates, this trail may run in reverse, starting at the coast and riding inland to the ranch.

Accommodation

You will stay in a selection of traditional Tuscan country houses and enjoy plenty of Italian hospitality along the way.

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
Departure windows

Sept. 30, 2023 - Oct. 7, 2023

Oct. 7, 2023 - Oct. 14, 2023  (*Trail will run in reverse.)

Pricing

2023
Rider; Sharing
£1430 $1760 €1670
Single rooms are not always available each night - please contact us to enquire about possibilities.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared twin/double rooms, full board meals served with water, 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

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, each way.
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €255
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Set-time) £34 $42 €40
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.

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 Intermediate

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

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 7
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

April 8, 2023 - April 15, 2023

April 22, 2023 - April 29, 2023

July 29, 2023 - Aug. 5, 2023

Aug. 19, 2023 - Aug. 26, 2023

Oct. 28, 2023 - Nov. 4, 2023

Pricing

2023
Standard Season (25 March - 14 July and 27 Aug - 4 November); sharing
£875 $1080 €1025
2023
High Season (15 July - 26 August); sharing
£965 $1185 €1125
Included 7 nights of twin/double room accommodation, full board meals, drinking water, 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

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports every Saturday. Per person each way.
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports every Saturday. Per person return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer £34 $42 €40
Paid to Far and Ride
Set-time group transfers from Chiusi train station, per person return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Single Supplement (High Season) £180 $220 €210
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
2023 - Single Supplement (Standard Season) £154 $190 €180
Paid to Far and Ride
Only payable to guarantee a single room and not willing to share
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).

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 hours

Today's ride will see you setting off from the ranch and heading on the 3 day mini trail. You will ride to the Fiora valley, where you will stop for a tasty picnic and a very much appreciated bath in the river. After a good rest, you will continue riding in the Tuscan countryside until you reach your first “via cava” (an ancient road cut in the tuff rock by the Etruscans around 2000 years ago). You will ride along this ancient road, coming out into a woodland; from this point, looking up, a pleasant surprise… The ancient hilltop settlement of Sovana! From there you will continue your ride until you reach a lovely country house where you will stop for the night. At the end of the day, you will have a delicious Tuscan meal made from typical local products.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 hours

Today you'll start our ride heading in the direction of Sorano. Gorgeous Tuscan landscapes are waiting for you. After a few minutes of riding, you will spot the picturesque village of Pitigliano.

You will ride through the morning until you reach Vitozza, where you will stop for lunch and a visit to the “città rupestre” - one of the largest and most important cliff dwelling sites in the whole of Italy.

After a good break, you will get back in the saddle again for a short ride to your next night's stop. Time to dismount the horses and let them rest and enjoying fresh grass, and time for the riders to relax at the swimming pool. Another delicious dinner with local products and Tuscan dishes will be served tonight.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: 5 hours

Today's ride will see you finishing your loop, heading in the direction of the ranch. You will cross through fields and woods before you reach Cerreto, where you can admire a gorgeous ancient oak tree, that is believed to be around 900 years old. You will continue your ride, pass through the Lente valley until you reach and cross through the medieval village of Sorano. Another “via cava” (Etruscan road) will bring you to San Valentino - a great place for a nice canter. You will carry on riding through fields, passing vineyards, olive tree groves and woods until you reach the ranch, where your unforgettable trail ends.

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

April 1, 2023 - April 8, 2023

April 15, 2023 - April 22, 2023

May 13, 2023 - May 20, 2023

June 17, 2023 - June 24, 2023

Sept. 23, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023

Pricing

2023
High Season, sharing
£1090 $1340 €1275
High Season is 15 July - 26 August 2023
2023
Main season, sharing
£990 $1220 €1160
Main Season is 25 March - 14 July and 27 August - 4 November
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 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

2023 - Airport Transfer (one way) £120 $148 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, one way
2023 - Airport Transfer (return) £220 $270 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time transfers from/to Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino airports per person, return
2023 - Chiusi Train Station Transfer (Private) £69 $84 €80
Paid to Far and Ride
Private transfer from Chiusi train station, outside of set times; per person, return.
2023 - Chiusi Train Station transfer (set-time) £34 $42 €40
Paid to Far and Ride
Set time Chiusi train station transfer, per person return.
2023 - Single Supplement (high season) £180 $220 €210
Paid to Far and Ride
2023 - Single Supplement (main season) £154 $190 €180
Paid to Far and Ride
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.