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Seven Castles Ride in Chianti

Seven Castles Ride in Chianti
Tuscany Italy
Ride on horseback through the heart of Tuscany, exploring the Arno valley and the Chianti hills, the lovely, unspoilt region between the art cities of Florence and Siena which is famed for its delicious food, great wine and stunning scenery. These rides introduce you to this magical countryside, with its terraced vineyards, olive groves and extensive woodland, with its stone farmhouses, medieval castles and fortified villages. Riders with an interest in history will marvel at the landscape, knowing it was once travelled by Dante and Boccaccio, Macchiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

We offer 3 different riding itineraries:

Seven Castles of Chianti
Two days at the farmhouse, with riding in the morning and excursions in the afternoons: on the first day to a village built round a ravine and to a famed Romanesque church with animal carvings, on the second, a visit to the gardens and cellars of an abbey and wine-farm, followed by wine-tasting. Then a four-day riding tour of the Chianti region, with a visit to the Castle of Brolio and its winefarm,and two nights and a day in Siena.

Tuscan Discovery Week
A weeklong, centre-based ride with plenty of riding but also a chance to discover new aspects of Tuscany, both cultural and gastronomical! Excursions include a guided visit to Arezzo, lunch at a gourmet restaurant and a trip to the local market.

A Taste of Tuscany
A short but sweet four-day centre-based holiday with two-half-day rides and one whole day ride, a guided walk to a medieval tower and a guided visit to Arezzo or Cortona.

All three riding options set out from your hostess’s charming and comfortable farmhouse. It has a magnificent view over the broad valley of the Arno and across to Pratomagno, the high mountain ridge beyond it, snow-capped in winter. This is a place where animal lovers will feel at home: apart from the horses, there are dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. Jenny, your hostess, fell in love with this part of Tuscany some forty years ago and has been running her farm and riding-centre here ever since. She is well-informed about local art and history and happy to share her knowledge with her guests. As someone once said of his holiday here: “It’s a perfect mix of riding and culture.”

If you are single, no problem: you will at once feel at ease in this friendly place. If it’s your first time in Italy, no problem: Jenny and her colleagues are happy to introduce you to the country they love and know. If you don’t like driving on Italian roads (Italian drivers take risks we would never dream of taking!), no problem; from your arrival in Florence all transport is provided. You will get plenty of chances to meet Italian people and discover what delightful people they are. And if you think that Italian food is all pasta and pizzas, you will have a lot of pleasant surprises ahead as our cook, Franca, has a vast repertoire of Tuscan dishes, often using the produce from our own vegetable garden (she also organizes cooking courses). Chianti and other wines will be served with all meals. We’re sorry to tell you, but expect to put on a couple of pounds during your stay!

As for the horses, they are mostly bred locally they have good temperaments and are fit and well-trained. Jenny is proud of her ability to find the right horse for each individual rider. We promise you will have loads of fun, but safety is also a priority here. Jenny leads most of the rides, while Eraldo, the instructor, has BHS qualifications and many years’ experience. He speaks fluent if erratic English and his lessons are useful, stimulating and fun.

The riding is not very fast but there are plenty of opportunities for trots and controlled canters. On the itineraries there are innumerable trails, no gates and very little roadwork. Each ride will have unique features: a canter through rows of vines, a trot along a cypress avenue, a visit to a ruined castle, a barbecue on a mountain ridge, you name it!

Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Rendola
Airport: Florence
Transfer: Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) at 5:45 on Day 1 or Montevarchi Train Station
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 8 riders

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    Seven Castles Ride in Chianti
    Tour Code: IT-ITRT04
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,055.00
    Dates : April-May, Sept-Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
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    Tack: English
    Horses: local Sicilian and Maremma
    Pace: Moderate with trots and canters

    Airport: Florence
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