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.