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On Etruscan Trails in Tuscany

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On Historic Trails in Tuscany on the Tracks of the Etruscans: Who were the Etruscans?

Who were the Etruscans? The Estruscans were the early inhabitants of Italy, long before the Roman Empire existed. However, the Estruscan civilization is often overlooked despite its enormous influence on the region. Estruscan settlements were frequently built on the hillside - the steeper the hill, the better - and surrounded by thick fortress walls, well protected from intruders. Many of the Estruscan’s early water systems later contributed to the iconic Roman aqueduct. While nobody really knows where the Etruscans originated - though many believe they came from Asia Minor - they were prominent in Italy by 800 BC. When exploring this region of Italy we discover remnants of their hilltop fortresses, old settlements and the imprint of their trading routes stretching from Naples to Venice. However, nowhere in Italy carries the Estruscan influence quite like Tuscany; in fact, Tuscany's name originates from the Italian Etrusci or Tusci, words used by the ancient Romans to describe the Etruscans.

Let us explore and relive the history of this mysterious people! We provide three different itineraries for riders to choose from, as the history and landscapes available here is truly impossible to fit into one week alone! Some of the wonderful places these trips take us include the Necropolis of Sovana (Poggio Pisca), the Ildebranda Tomb, the hermitage of Rioatonna Cicognina, the ancient hamlet of Fonte Vetriana, the Nature Reserve of the Pietraporciana, ancient pilgrim routes, the nature reserve of Pigelleto, the nature park of Maremma, where we get to ride with the local Butteri cowboys, and much much more! 

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Castell'Azzara
Airport: Rome Fiumicino
Transfer: Chiusi-Chianciano station, Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino airport
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 8 riders

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    On Etruscan Trails in Tuscany
    Tour Code: IT-ITRT02
    8 days / 7 nights
    Dates : May to October

    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 2024 05/18 - 05/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Etruscan Trail 4 /8 Expired
    A 2024 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Etruscan Trail 4 /8 Reserve
    C 2024 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Mini Etruscan T... 4 /8 Reserve
    A 2024 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Etruscan Trail 4 /8 Reserve
    C 2024 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Mini Etruscan T... 4 /8 Reserve
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    Mini Etruscan Trail
    Tack: Western
    Horses: Haflingers, Appaloosas, Paints, Maremm...
    Pace: Moderate with trots and canters where ...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Rome Fiumicino
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