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A Taste of Tuscany Getaway

A Taste of Tuscany Getaway
Tuscany Italy

Horseback ride through the picturesque Chianti hills - the lovely unspoiled region between Florence and Siena, famous for tasty  food, great wine and stunning scenery! Our rides take you through the beautiful countryside, with its terraced vineyards, cypress avenues and extensive woodlands. As riders you are especially privileged, able to ride off the beaten track, away from tourists and vehicles, to explore the land of Dante, Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci. Even if the region was not fill of history and culture as it is, you could truly just simply bask in the beauty of it all! The charming farmhouse and stables
(it is not a hotel or luxury villa) are on the eastern slopes of the Chianti Mountains. Before it lies the broad valley of the Arno and beyond, the long ridge of the Pratomagno, with its highest point at 1,591 meters. On the other side lies the Casentino Valley, rich in castles and Romanesque churches, while behind the farm stretches the beautiful range of Chianti. Here is a place where animal and nature lovers will immediately feel right at home - there are eighteen beautiful horses, but also many dogs and cats, chickens, ducks and a resident goat. Jenny, your hostess, fell in love with this special part of Tuscany forty years ago and is happy to share with you the beauty of the Italian countryside she calls home. She is knowledgeable about local art and history and happy to give you the details. A guest once said of her holiday haven here: “It’s the perfect combination of riding and culture.”

If you are single, no problem; you will feel at ease in this friendly place she has created. If it’s your first time in Italy, no problem; Jenny and her colleagues will introduce you to the Italian lifestyle with open arms. If you don’t like driving on the foreign Italian roads, no problem; from your arrival in Florence all transport is provided. You will get plenty of chances to meet the people of Italy and discover what delightful people they are.

And if you think Italian food is all pasta and pizzas, you have a lot of pleasant surprises ahead. Chianti wine will be served with all meals. Sorry to say, but expect to put on a couple of pounds during your stay!

As for the horses, they are well-trained and fit, Jenny does her best to match them to the individual riders whom come to visit. We promise you will have loads of fun, but safety is also a priority here.
Eraldo, the instructor, has BHS qualifications and many years of experience. He speaks fluent, if erratic, English and you will find his lessons useful, stimulating and fun.

The woods and hills surrounding the center are ideal for hacking because there are innumerable trails, with no gates and very little roadwork. Each day your ride will be unique and with new features - a canter between rows of vines, a trot along a cypress avenue, a visit to a semi-ruined castle, a barbecue on the mountaintop, you name it!

Center-based ride

Meeting: Rendola
Airport: Florence
Transfer: Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) at 5:45 on Day 1 or Montevarchi Train Station
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 8 riders

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    A Taste of Tuscany Getaway
    Tour Code: IT-ITSR02-5
    5 days / 4 nights ~$1,010.00
    Dates : March to Oct

    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 09/13 - 09/17 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
    A 2016 10/22 - 10/26 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
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    Tack: English
    Horses: Local Sicilian and Maremma
    Pace: Moderate with some trots and canters

    Airport: Florence
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