Mary Alice Brown, winner of the GMHA’s annual event raffle, took off for Tuscany over the weekend. As one of the longest competing eventers in the USA, Mary Alice has been riding since the... Read more
Horseback Riding in Italy
The Tuscan countryside has a stillness about it because many of the farms and buildings are abandoned as people have migrated to the cities. The fortresses and castles which were so important in medieval times are now partially in ruin. Much of the land is returning to nature, which is all the better for riding and the soft beauty of the landscape is enhanced.
Situated in a tranquil region southwest of Siena, the circular stone walls of the Castello di Tocchi serve as a hospitable central base for either full or half-day rides into the surrounding countryside. From the lovingly restored suites of this medieval hamlet, which was built on the foundations of a 12th century castle, you have the opportunity to experience horseback riding in Italy and the enduring magic of Tuscany on one of two distinct itineraries.
The beautiful unspoiled Chianti region between Florence and Siena, which gave its name to the wine, is the setting for two rides through the lovely countryside of rolling, forested hills, vineyards, picturesque villages and ancient castles. Your host and guide’s comfortable 17th century farmhouse is the starting point for both rides. One itinerary proceeds to several different locations during the week, staying in charming hotels typical of the region, while the other is based at the farmhouse and combines riding and sightseeing with opportunities to meet the friendly Tuscan people. Share sumptuous meals and lively conversation in the farmhouse dining room after a pleasurable day of riding.