Ride, Wine, & Spa

Lazio Italy: (IT-ITSR14)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Italy_Ride_Wine_Spa_Escape.aspx

Introduction
Lazio Italy
Italy is world-renowned for their delicious foods, decadent wines, and relaxed pace, and we want to share our lifestyle with you! Experience a wonderful week of riding on our beautiful horses exploring this majestic region. Explore the area up and down hills, woods and valleys framed by ancient castles, volcanoes and lakes. For those new to the saddle, our amazing instructors will have you feeling confident in no time in the arena! Let our castle will be your home.  Just below the castle stands a handsome 18th century farmhouse, the original center of the estate’s farming activities. The farmhouse has been skillfully converted with careful attention to conserving authenticity together with comfort and privacy, in a pleasant combination with communal living. The large farm now contains eight charming cottages and 14 bedrooms furnished with original pieces.

This immersion in the Italian culture would not be complete without wine tasting at a famous Italian vineyard and half a day of relaxation at a thermal pool. As an alternative, there is a lesson in cooking Italian cuisine that will allow you to reproduce our delicious food when at home.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so you will be staying in the same location during the trip.

Description
Old Traditions and Modern Hospitality! This fairytale castle is romantic with its castellated turret rising above age old woods. It has a long association with the powerful Prelates who played a key role in forming the Vatican State which culminated in Pope Pius IX's chief advisor, Cardinal Prospero Caterini, choosing the castello in 1848 as his personal residence. His descendants still use this as a country home.
Just below the castle stands a handsome XVIII's farmhouse, the original center of the estate's farming activities. The farmhouse has been skillfully converted with careful attention to conserving authenticity together with comfort, and privacy in a pleasant combination with communal living, if wanted. The very large fattoria, now contains 9 charming apartments and 14 bedrooms, mostly furnished with its original pieces.
On the ground floor, opening onto the main terrace overlooking the swimming pool, there is a large "taverna" with brick vaulted ceilings. The space is divided into three main areas: meeting room, dining room, billiard room also with ping-pong table, plus a large kitchen available for all the guests and equipped for cooking courses as well. WIFI is available onsite. We also offer a washer and dryer to use for an additional cost.


Room Occupancy

Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.


Other Amenities

The outdoor pool is open from June 1st to September 30th.
There is a tennis court on site where you can book in for 10€ per hour.
Mountain bikes available for rent at 18€ per day / per person.
Volleyball courts, mini football pitch, and Jacuzzi onsite.
Massages are available onsite for booking.


Meals
All meals are included in this trip from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. We prepare local traditional food. All meals have a fixed menu. Continental Breakfast is served daily, from 8:00am till 10:00am at the old stable of the Castle. Lunches will be picnic or served at our Taverna, at 1:30pm. You will enjoy a fixed menu of appetizer+ first course+ fruit- a typical and good Italian menu! Dinner is served at our Taverna at 8:00pm. We provide a fixed menu of first course+ second course+ side dish+ dessert of typical Italian food, like lasagna, roll meats with ragu, cannelloni, etc. 1/4 of wine is served with lunch and dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to vegetarians with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
This ride is suitable for beginners to intermediate-leveled riders. For those that have never been in the saddle before, we offer lessons in the sand ring to teach the fundamentals and grow rider confidence. Depending on how quickly you learn, there will be opportunities for some short trails. For intermediate riders, we will set you up with a suitable horse and take you on splendid trails. Excursions in the countryside on medium / long distances require rider’s ability to control the horse at the three gaits, including canter. Please note that helmets are mandatory. We have several helmets to borrow but recommend you bring your own for optimal fit.

There are two outdoor arenas and lessons are available for all ages and levels in both dressage and jumping.
Lesson 1 hour= 1 half-day excursion

Pace
4 riding days with 1 full day ride (4-5 hours) and 3 half day rides (2 hours).
For beginners: 10 hours riding divided in lessons/easy treks.

Horses
Our horses have been selected for their attitude and breed. We have 20 horses at the moment that come from a wide range of breeds including: Italian Maremmano and Murgese, German, Dutch, French, Anglo Arab and cross breeds. They are our most important partners that we take a lot of pride in.
Most of the year, they live outside in the large paddocks with shelters. We also have a stables area with boxes and comfortable shelter when the weather is bad or the horses are ill and need to recover.
Around the castle, there are 100 hectares of green, sheltered fields where the horses are left free to graze. They definitely lead a good life.
We do our best to choose the best horse for our guest according to their level.

Riding Equipment
Helmets and body protectors of different sizes are available for our guests so that they can ride safely.
Some boots of different sizes are provided but if you have your own boots and helmets it is advisable to bring your own.
All guests MUST wear a helmet!

Facilities
Two large sand arenas are available for our guests to test their skills. The ground is made of volcanic sand, typical of the area. One arena is used mainly for the flat work and the other larger arena is used for show jumping. The flatwork arena is also lit with floodlights. At the opposite side of the castle we have created a 2.000 m cross-country course with beautiful wooden jumps and soft reliable ground.

Staff
Antonio is an ENGEA equestrian guide as well as the owner of the estate. He has several years of experience, riding, training and keeping horses in the countryside. He believes that the new methods of training such as Monty Roberts' and Pat Parelli have improved enormously the relation between humans and horses and our horses are benefiting from that. His knowledge of the trails of the area as well as his passion for horses and for this place will make your trip really special.
Kylie is our Kiwi guide and instructor. She has been riding all her life. After graduating university, she decided to combine her love of horses with her passion for travel and became a horse trekking guide in various countries including Australia, England, Greece, Chile, Egypt and Spain.

Insurance
Insurance covering horse riding accidents is mandatory. You have to tell the booking office in advance if you are uninsured. If you have no insurance, please consider that we need at least a 48 hours’ notice for activating one for you.

Non-Riding Activities
The estate has many other activities to offer to non-riding guests such as cooking classes, cycling, tennis, swimming and massages. There are also a number of attractions that are located in close proximity to the estate. Please, inquire for more information.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Start with an afternoon arrival at the picturesque castle in Tuscany. You will be staying in the converted buildings in the castle grounds, taking breakfast each morning in the castle itself. After checking in, you will be served with a welcome drink and then receive a briefing from your guide/instructor who will be looking after you throughout the week.

Day 2
This morning you will be walking down to the stables which are located in the grounds of the castle. Here, the instructor will allocate you a horse and you will begin your riding. Novice riders may choose to take a lesson whilst more experienced riders will be enjoying an introductory hack around the castle grounds, an ideal opportunity to start to get to know the local area.

Day 3
Today you will be exploring this stunning area on horseback, visiting picturesque hamlets, passing through vineyards, olive groves, beautiful woods, and forests. Keep an eye out for wildlife – you may be lucky enough to see deer, wild boar with their piglets, foxes, and if you are lucky, porcupines! The horses and ponies are suitable for both experienced and less experienced riders, with experienced riders able to enjoy long canters alongside the fields of sunflowers, wheat, or maize.

Day 4
Today you will be riding towards the picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fabulous spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the impressive crater of Lake Bolsena on one side, to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other side. On a clear day you can see the sea 40 km away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back to the castle along this ancient ‘outlaws highway’ you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock.

Day 5
Today is a rest day from riding and we have arranged for you to take a trip to the local hot water spa. Here you will find a natural hot water pool where you can relax and ease away any aches and pains. Treatments and massages may also be booked (extra charge). The owners offer a number of local excursions including a trip to an ancient Etruscan settlement in his 4 x 4 or an olive oil tasting visit. Alternatively, mountain biking is offered for the more energetic amongst us!

Spa
Since the time of the Etruscans and the Romans, natural hot springs were considered a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties. Given it’s volcanic soil, Southern Tuscany offers a vast range of thermal baths of different levels. Only 18 km away from the castle, next to the village of Sorano there is a well organized spa facility. There you can to swim in the warm waters and relax beneath two beautiful waterfalls. Here, you can enjoy a natural hydro massage, a special massage or various spa treatments in the wellness center. Waters are flowing from natural springs at 37° centigrade. The area around the swimming pool is largely equipped with sun beds and umbrellas to satisfy the needs of everyone. A small river surrounds the spa and receives the outgoing native waters. It’s mixed waters come from a little stream in the woods and several other hot springs.

Day 6
Today ride out along the famous Brigands Trail once more. This route was formally used by outlaws fleeing from the authorities and now offers a myriad of hacking opportunities along forest pathways and sandy tracks. Breath taking views of the local area will accompany our excursion all the way. Scattered throughout the countryside, archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs will serve to remind us of how ancient this beautiful land really is.

Day 7
Today we have arranged a wine tour. You will be taking a trip to the local vineyards and wine cellars where you can taste the wines (not to be missed!). If you want to ride this afternoon this can be arranged but will cost extra.

Wine Tasting
The vineyards are located precisely on the slopes of the spur of tufaceous rock on which Sovana is perched, immersed in a breath-taking natural and archaeological panorama. The property was acquired by the Antinori family in 1995 and extends over 193 hectares (some 480 acres) on a gently sloping terrain of volcanic origin with a tufaceous sub-soil. It is situated at approximately 200 meters (660 feet) above sea level. The Fattoria Aldobrandesca wine premiered in summer 1998: Aleatico 1997. In 2004 premiered Vie Cave: the fruit of lands of widely varying features and careful zonal and oenological research.

Day 8
Sadly today it is time to bid farewell to your castle home and this spectacular region, but if you can’t bear to go home just yet we can organize an additional night or two for you in Rome.


Rates and Dates for Ride, Wine, & Spa

Rates include:

Accommodations in restored farmhouse below the castle, all meals, welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, one room cleaning, half day wine tasting, half day entrance to Spa, 2 50-min massages at castle, Italian/ English speaking guide, 4 riding days (1 full day of 4-5 hours and 3 half days of 2 hours)
For beginners: 10 hours riding divided in lessons/easy treks

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198-day trip, AP (High)€1785$2145
    • Single supplement€140$170
  • B
    20198-day trip, AP (Low)€1555$1865
    • Single supplement€105$125
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from/to Orvieto Train station, return (taxi), per car (1 pax) ~
- to be paid locally
100 $120
2019 Transfer from/to Orvieto Train station, return (taxi), per car (2-3 pax) ~
- to be paid locally
120 $145
2019 Transfer from/to Orvieto Train station, return (taxi), per car (4 pax) ~
- to be paid locally
140 $170
2019 Transfer from/to Ciampino airport or Fiumicino airport (taxi), return, per car (1 pax)~
- to be paid locally
220 $265
2019 Transfer from/to Ciampino airport or Fiumicino airport (taxi), return, per car (2-3 pax)~
- to be paid locally
235 $285
2019 Transfer from/to Ciampino airport or Fiumicino airport (taxi), return, per car (4 pax)~
- to be paid locally
250 $300
2019 Transfer surcharge before 8:00am or after 8:00pm
- to be paid locally
15 $20
2019 Non-rider discount -290 $-350

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
A 2019 08/17 - 08/24 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
A 2019 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
A 2019 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
A 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: Usually from Saturday to Saturday but we are flexible when possible.
Sold Out Dates: May 27th to June 2nd

Rates do not include:

Insurance (mandatory- can be purchased through Hidden Trails), treatments and massages at Spa, transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Grotte di Castro
Airport: Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
Transfer: Orvieto train station, Fiumicino airport, or Ciampino airport

Climate:
                                        Grotte di Castro area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

47

48

55

62

68

76

83

82

72

64

55

49

Average Low Temperature (°F)

39

39

44

48

55

62

68

68

61

55

47

42

Average High Temperature (°C)

8

9

13

17

20

24

28

28

22

18

13

9

Average Low Temperature (°C)

4

4

7

9

13

17

20

20

16

13

8

5

Source: NOAA


Seasons
In general the climate in Tuscany is very mild. There are little differences between the regions, though. Rule of thumb: at the coast and in the valleys the summers are hotter than in the hilly areas, where the climate is very continental – rain falls are more often.

Usually the summers in Tuscany are without rain and very hot, especially in the valleys.
Spring (April and May) and autumn (October and November) might be rainy but there are still dry, sunny days and temperatures are pleasant.
In the winter there are sunny, mild days but at night it sometimes gets very cold.

What To Bring:
All guests must wear a helmet. Helmets and body protectors of different sizes are available for our guests so that they can ride safely. Some boots of different sizes are provided but if you have your own boots and helmets it is advisable to bring your own.

Note: Travel insurance is mandatory for this trip. Please make sure you purchase one with adequate coverage. Contact Hidden Trails for some options.

This list is only a guideline for you
- Travel documents and Voucher
- Flight tickets
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Passport

Riding Gear
- Normal riding gear or comfortable, yet sturdy pants. No leggings please.
- Riding boots or shoes with flat soles that cover the ankles.
- We recommend mini chaps.
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (for sun protection)
- Riding helmet
- Riding gloves
- Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
- A wind breaker, rain gear that can be pulled over the saddle

Personal Clothing
- Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
- Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
- Jeans
- Shorts
- Underwear and socks
- Pajamas
- Light summer jacket
- Comfortable shoes/sneakers
- Swimsuit

Additional Things to Bring
- Personal Toiletries
- Insect protection
- Personal medications
- Sore cream (for an emergency)
- Adapter for electric appliances
- Camera and enough extra films
- Belt pack
- Address book and pen (for postcards!)
- Sun glasses with strap
- Sun tan lotion and lip balm