Since medieval times the Italians have been leaders in equestrian development.  The deeply rooted tradition expresses itself today in the country-wide passion for excellent horses and rides.  Our trips combine fabulous excursions in the beautiful, unspoiled countryside rich in historical and cultural settings while living it up extravagantly in the pure and sophisticated Italian style.

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 option offers a full itinerary of riding, wine tasting and sightseeing while the other offers a self-catering option with a moderate amount of riding and plenty of time to sight see as you wish.

The island of Sardinia offers a different side of Italy, with its wild coastline and shepherd paths through cork forests. A single very comfortable equestrian hotel hosts all of our itineraries there, including the Monti & Mare ride which allows you to progressively experience all aspects of the island.

  Peak Season

April, May, June, September, October

  Quiet Season

July , August

  Low Season

January, February, March, November, December

  Timezone in Italy

Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)

  International Airports

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) and Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) in Sardinia

Climate in Italy

The climate in Tuscany is kept temperate because of its proximity to the Mediterranean.  The nights can be cool even in summer.  The daytime temperature range is 60-70°F in the spring and fall, and 75-80°F in the summer months.  Rain showers are likely in the spring and fall.

The best time to visit Sardinia is often considered to be April to June and September to October. You miss the heat and the crowds this way, and can enjoy flowers blooming in the spring and fall colors in the autumn.

  Average Temperature

90 °F » 45 °F


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Tuscan Villages and Vintages

The Villages and Vintages horseback riding holiday in Italy is based out of a comfortable and elegant 18th century farmhouse in Chianti, Tuscany. Daily rides on well-trained horses allow you to venture through vineyards, olive groves and to medieval villages where the sound of... Read more

Relaxed Tuscan Instruction

This relaxed ride appropriate for all levels and ages of riders and offers instructional or trail riding programs. The riding center and country guest house is your base and home for the week. On offer is 10 hours of riding with plenty of time... Read more

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Wonderful atmosphere a gracious, clever host. Would certainly do this ride again. The host wisely leaves the horse care to his very capable staff and tends to his guests in a most charming way.

Lynn Hartmann

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