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.