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NOTE: The programs below may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Sample Itinerary: Etruscan Trail (for intermediate riders) - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival and accommodation at the riding center. In the evening, meeting with the guide and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride
Entire day on horseback to verify horse & rider compatibility, with picnic and return to Cornacchino.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Sovana
From the farmhouse, we cross a nice beech wood forest and ride to the banks of the Fiora river, stopping for a swim and a picnic. Afterwards, we ride through the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana (Poggio Prisca) and along ancient Etruscan roads (Vie Cave) cut deep into the tuff rock more than 2000 years ago passing the most famous monument in this part of Etruria, the Ildebranda Tomb. Our ride takes us past the ancient walls of the medieval village of Sovana. From there, we continue towards Pitigliano and our accommodation (we sleep in a country house not far from Sovana, but we do not ride to Sovana nor Pitigliano themselves). Dinner and night's stay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Sovana


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride along the Fiora River
We ride trough vineyards and olive trees. We cross along the river Fiora and cross it by the Necropole "Poggio Buco" until we reach our second country house for the dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Fiora River


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride with the Butteri
Today a longer ride in the morning followed by a relaxing afternoon. We ride along the river Fiora until the hermitage of Poggio Conte, where 16th century hermits built a chapel entirely dug out of the tuff rock. For lunch, we are going to reach the country house, a farm that breeds and trains Maremma horses using traditional methods and the owners have a private collection of Etruscan artifacts which they are happy to show to guests. In the afternoon we are going to help the Butteri (Italian cowboys) working with their cattle.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Fiora River

Day 6 (Thursday): Ride to Lake Mezzano
Our journey continues along the Olpeta deep cut Etruscan road (the only one in the area that contains the remains of an ancient Roman road). Then we cross the Olpeta River and climb up to the site of the ancient city of Castro. Here we enter the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve. This dense woodland, with its wild flowers and birds such as woodpeckers and various species of falcon unique to the area, has grown up on rocky terrain of volcanic origin. During our ride we'll encounter cattle of the Maremma breed, living in the clearings of the forest. We stop for our picnic then leave the forest and cross rolling hills with spectacular views and reach our accommodation near lake Mezzano, a crater lake of volcanic origin, an absolute paradise, where we will have time to enjoy a swim.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Lake Mezzano


Day 7 (Friday)Ride back to Farmhouse
From lake Mezzano, riding along field tracks we reach first San Quirico, then Vitozza, a village rich in medieval treasures, castle ruins and a church alongside numerous caves that served as houses until the end of the eighteenth century. (it is not allways possible to visit Vitozza, therefore better to write that we riding through hills direction home. From there we descend to the source of the Lente river, climb up to Sorano, then continue along Etruscan roads. Our journey continues toward Montevitozzo, before returning to Cornacchino. In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive small souvenir and a map of our journey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Breakfast and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast




Sample Itinerary: Maremma Tradition (for strong intermediate and experienced riders) - subject to changes

*Please note that our Maremma Trail in tents, which takes place in May, has deviations from the country house program from day 2 to day 5. The trail has 3 overnights outward (May 12-19) and 4 nights return (May 19-26) in tents. On these days we spend the nights in with the Butteri in tents.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival and accommodation at the riding center. In the evening, meeting with the guide, who explains us the week in details, and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 2: Introductory Ride
Entire day on horseback to verify horse & rider compatibility, with picnic and return to Cornacchino.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 3: Ride to Lake Mezzano
We leave the Farmhouse and start our two days-trail that brings us until Ischia di Castro. We head to the medieval village of Sorano, riding along an Etruscan road, and from here we continue through hills until we reach the Mezzano lake.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Lake Mezzano


Day 4: Lake Mezzano to Agriturismo Pietrafitta
We enter the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve. This dense woodland, with its wild flowers and birds such as woodpeckers and various species of falcon unique to the area, has grown up on rocky terrain of volcanic origin. In the late afternoon we reach our agriturismo Pietrafitta, where we are staying for 3 nights. In May we ride to our friends the Butteri, where we will camp for 3 nights.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 5: Ride with the Butteri to Vulci castle
First day with the "Butteri" (Tuscan cowboys). We ride through the woods of Baccano and reach Vulci castle, where we have our pic-nic. In the afternoon we visit the archeologic parc and start working with the Butteri and their Maremma cows.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 6: Cattle Work
We spent the entire day in Vulci with the Butteri and their cattle, including some lazos work. For lunch we have a barbecue, enjoying the products and recipes this beautiful region.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 7: Last day with the Butteri
We ride back from Vulci to Pietrafitta, where in the afternoon we move Maremma foals from their fields to the corrals. In the late afternoon, we head back to the Farmhouse by mini-bus where we enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive small souvenir and a map of our journey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary: Maremma Traditions Return Route (for strong intermediate and experienced riders) - subject to changes

*Please note that our Maremma Trail in tents, which takes place in May, has deviations from the country house program from day 2 to day 5. The trail has 3 overnights outward (May 12-19) and 4 nights return (May 19-26) in tents. On these days we spend the nights in with the Butteri in tents.


Day 1: Arrival
Arrival and accommodation at the riding center. In the evening, meeting with the guide, who explains us the week in details, and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 2: Ride to Butteri Ranch
After breakfast we drive to the Maremma and reach our farmhouse, where we are going to stay 4 nights. We start our adventure riding through the hills of San Colombano, cross the river Fiora and the woods of Montecalvo and visit the hermitage of Poggio Conte, where 16th century hermits built a chapel entirely dug out of the tuff rock. In May, we ride to the Butteri Ranch where we will camp for 4 nights.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 3: Ride with the Butteri to Vulci Castle
First day with the "Butteri" (Tuscan cowboys). We ride through the woods of Baccano and reach Vulci castle, where we have our pic-nic. In the afternoon we visit the archeologic parc and start working with the Butteri and their Maremma cows.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 4: Cattle Work
We spend the entire day in Vulci with the Butteri and their cattle, including some lassos work. For lunch we have a barbecue, enjoying the products and recipes this beautiful region.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 5: Ride to Pietrafitta
We ride back from Vulci to Pietrafitta, where in the afternoon we move Maremma foals from their fields to the corrals.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Pietrafitta or Camp at Butteri Farm


Day 6: Pietrafitta to Lake Mezzano
Departure of the two days trail that brings us back to the Framhouse. We ride along the Olpeta deep cut Etruscan road (the only one in the area that contains the remains of an ancient Roman road). Then we cross the Olpeta River and climb up to the site of the ancient city of Castro. Here we enter the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve. This dense woodland, with its wild flowers and birds such as woodpeckers and various species of falcon unique to the area, has grown up on rocky terrain of volcanic origin. We stop for our picnic then leave the forest and cross rolling hills with spectacular views and reach our accommodation near lake Mezzano, a crater lake of volcanic origin, an absolute paradise.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo near Lake Mezzano


Day 7: Ride back to Farmhouse
From lake Mezzano we ride though hills and head to the medieval village of Sorano, then continue along Etruscan roads toward Montevitozzo, before returning to Cornacchino. In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive small souvenir and a map of our journey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse


Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast


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On Etruscan Trails in Tuscany
Tour Code: IT-ITRT02
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,765.00
Dates : May to October

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
E 2022 04/09 - 04/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
C 2022 04/30 - 05/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Maremma Trad... 4 /8 Sold Out
B 2022 05/07 - 05/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Maremma Trad... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 05/14 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2022 05/21 - 05/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Etruscan Tra... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 05/28 - 06/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2022 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Etruscan Tra... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2022 09/03 - 09/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Etruscan Tra... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 09/10 - 09/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2022 10/08 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Maremma Trad... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2022 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Maremma Trad... 4 /8 Reserve
E 2022 10/29 - 11/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Mini Etrusc... 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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