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Alta Tuscany Castle Ride


Itinerary for Alta Tuscany Castle Ride




Sample Itinerary / Activities - Subject to changes.

Day 1: Afternoon check in, welcome drink & briefing with guide\instructor about riding and accommodation details and choice of the horses for the days ahead, enjoy your first dinner.

Day 2 to Day 7: You will be participating in the following rides/trails, shown below in no particular order here.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast, say your good byes! Transfer to Orvieto train station or Rome Airport (transfers at extra cost) or depart by rental car!



Day rides (4-5 hours) BOLSENA LAKE
This is a full-day excursion. From the castle we ride through the neighboring farmland, through chestnut woods on an ancient track which will carry us right above the crater of Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. While riding, we will witness some breath–taking views of the lake and surrounding area and of the two islands, Isola Bisentina and Martana.  As we head down to the lake, you will note many Etruscan tombs scattered throughout the countryside some re-used by farmers as cellars for their wine but still serving as a reminder of the ancient history which abounds in this area. Once at the lake, lunch is served in a typical trattoria, right on the beach. In the right season if you wish to cool off in the water, a swim in the lake can be done before starting the ride back up. We pass the archeological area of Pianezze, literally full of Etruscan tombs dating back 2600 years. Once at the top of the crater, we turn through some vineyards until we reach the shepherds' trail in the woods to the Santa Cristina Castle estate.

CASTLE TO CASTLE
This is an incredible ride through Lazio and Tuscany that is not to be missed. Travel on horseback from the Santa Cristina Castle estate to the fortress of Proceno, very much the same way as the dukes traveled hundreds of years ago.  From Santa Cristina, we ride towards the medieval town of Onano. The 16th century church of ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ is half way along the trail and from there we have a charming view of the village walls. We then carry on north towards the magical landscape between Lazio and Tuscany. As we cross the Montorio Game Reserve, we may be lucky enough to see the wild pheasants, fallow deer and wild pigs. Before crossing into Tuscan territory, we wade through a ford in the Stridolone River, before carrying up onto a hilltop which looks over the fortress of Proceno itself. Proceno is a village dominated by the fortress, dating back to medieval times - approximately year 1000.
After lunching on delicious Italian cuisine, we cross the river again and climb up onto a plateau, through thick vegetation, using an old farmers’ trail. As we head home, we ride past vineyards, fields and finally a former nuns’ convent from the 18th century, with a sad past to learn about. Finally, we return to the castle from the Northeast after 40 km of beautiful riding.

TO LAKE MEZZANO

This is one of our most renowned excursions. Lake Mezzano is an area worthy of note, owing to its great historical value and natural beauty. The lake itself was once a volcanic crater, formed 400,000 years ago, and the site of human settlements dating right back to the pre–Etruscan era (around 2,700 years ago).
Because of later earthquakes, these settlements are now submerged under water,  but the importance  of these   archeological  treasures was confirmed  in the mid-eighties by an archaeological campaign when swords, pots, and other tools were found on the bottom of the lake.
Our excursion takes our riders through the  farmland, up into the wooded  hills which surround Onano. Here, the horses have the opportunity to canter along a wonderful natural passage surrounded by trees. At the top of this plateau, we have a chance to take in the dazzling scenery, before we carry on down past the local farms into a very old woods made of huge chestnut trees that  leads us into a flat and open plain which offers a great deal of scenery.
Here, if desired,  horses can canter up the old tracks, before we reach the marshlands and vineyards which surround the Lake Mezzano itself. The Lake area is part of the Selva del Lamone natural reserve and here is a small  restaurant where we stop for lunch with a fantastic view overlooking the water. During the warmer months, anyone who wishes can also swim in the lake's crystal clear waters. In the afternoon, we ride back following the old Brigands Trail, taking in a few historical sights on the way.



Half day rides (2-3 hours)

THE PANORMANIC VIEWS RIDE
Once we leave the castle following the old track, we will reach the hills framing our plateau to the west. Through the chestnut woods we arrive at the top where we have a breathtaking view of the area, from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on the Southern side over to the hills surrounding little Lake Mezzano on the Northern side. On a clear, breezy day the sea can be seen 40 km away to the West like a glowing mirror reflecting in the sun. We shall ride up through the valleys and hills and onto another plateau to take in the spectacular scenery, including the towering Mount Amiata, the Radicofani Fortress and the distant castle of Torre Alfina. From the hill again we will follow a large track winding through the fields taking us back to the castle.

THREE WATERS ALONG BRIGANDS PATH
On this mini trek we will easily reach the hills framing the plateau in the west on whcih the castle is situated.  A fantastic spot for a breathtaking bird's eye view from the beautiful crater of Bolsena Lake on one side to the surrounding hills of Lake Mezzano on the other side.  On a clear day the sea can be seen 40 km's away like a glowing mirror.

MEDIEVAL CHURCH ‘ST.MARIA DELLE COLONNE’
We tackle an ancient track carved into the rocks, until we reach the famous “Brigands’ Path”. Passing the old farmhouse of St. Prospero, at a brisk trot we turn left on the path, crossing cultivated fields and later the chestnut woods. We can now push horses into a canter through a fantastic natural passageway in the woods, leading riders through an exhilarating run in a fairytale environment. Soon we will find another old road carved into the rock, leading us down to the ancient church of St Maria delle Colonne and its nearby fountain. From here, we return to the castle exploring the beautiful Italian countryside and endless chestnut woods. 'NOCCHIETO’ and ‘ST.MARTINO’ We use the old outlaws’ track called the Brigands’ Path because it leads us on to a  ride down a panoramic old trail among pastures of grazing sheep and after a couple of km it turns down into a narrow valley of volcanic rock. At the bottom of the hills we will find an old abandoned settlement, Nocchieto, still fascinating in its architecture, it is an ancient house made of local tufo rock, leaning against the side of the hill.
As the road changes from volcanic rock into soft ground, we can push gently our horses forward into a canter and up into the hills. After following a narrow valley we are once again meet the Brigands’ Path, where we can carry on across varied landscapes and scattered Etruscan tombs and caves. Finally, we make our way back to the castle, to another stunning plateau, where we encounter a lovely vista, before returning home through the woods. SAN LUIGI TOUR After leaving Santa Cristina, we pass an old farm named St. Prospero and we ride up through the valleys and hills, through romantic chestnut woods and up onto the plateau to take in the spectacular scenery, including Mount Amiata, the Radicofani Fortress and the distant castle of Torre Alfina.  We then arrive at the S. Luigi farm, where local shepherds still produce delicious ‘ricotta’ cheese. Around us sheep graze happily in the fields as we follow the way home back along the hills to the castle. ONANO
This time we head north through the hills, a spectacular scenery of the castle estate and surrounding farmland will keep us company. After crossing the provincial road, the trail will lead us towards a magical scenery made by the Tuscan mountains towering in front of us. The trail carries on around the vicinity of Onano – a fortified town of the Middle Ages. Your guide will show you the medieval castle dominating the ancient town – an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family which ruled the area in the Middle Ages. We keep on going along the old farmers’ tracks, up into the open fields, past the delightful medieval church of St Maria delle Grazie and then back home to the castle. AROUND GRADOLI
Following an old Etruscan trail, we ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding Lake Bolsena. Here, we enjoy a remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent volcanic lake and the panorama dominated by the famous Farnese Palace in Gradoli. A gift of the Pope in 1500 to his nephew for his wedding - what a present! We return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. In particular, we enjoy a canter through a unique tunnel made by the oak trees above an old shepherds path.

--The above sample itinerary / activities are subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.--


Cooking course



Cooking classes are taught by chef Giovanni Verzini, a chef of great international experience. Giovanni will give you a real hands-on lesson where you will learn the basics of Italian cooking and the techniques to make an impressive four courses meal, from home-made pasta to traditional desserts and everything in between. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from local farms and markets. If you wish you will be able to participate in the purchase of the necessary local produce for the lesson of the day.
The classes can be from half a day to a week. It is up to you to decide  A half a day class including dinner prepared under the supervision of the chef will cost you € 100 per person.
Every class can be a  maximum of 5 people. There is no minimum required.

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Alta Tuscany Castle Ride
Tour Code: IT-ITSR05
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,900.00
Dates : March to Nov

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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 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 Expired
B 2019 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
B 2019 11/02 - 11/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Expired
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Airport: Rome Fiumicino
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