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Arts & Riding Holiday in Tuscany

Itinerary for Arts & Riding Holiday in Tuscany

Sample Itinerary subject to changes
Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Go to the main railway station of Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and at 5:50 pm meet your host Jenny (middle-aged, white-haired and wearing a red shirt) or her son Nicholas (tall, dark and handsome) outside the Feltrinelli bookshop and snack bar opposite platform 14. (There is a luggage depot further up that platform if you need it.) After a 40-minute train journey to Montevarchi take a ten-minute drive in a minivan to the farm, the 400-year-old typically Tuscan home of your host. Settle in and then enjoy a chat and a glass of Chianti Classico with your host, either in the sitting room or outside the farmhouse with its panoramic views.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 2 (Sunday): Morning Ride & Fresco Introduction
A morning ride takes you through vineyards, olive-groves and woodland, passing near an 11th-century tower and a 14th century church. Return to the farm for lunch. Jenny will then give you an introduction to the fresco, one of the main art forms of medieval Tuscany: its origins, techniques and its role on the road towards the Renaissance.
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 3 (Monday): Morning Ride & Arezzo Visit
The morning ride crosses the wooded hills north of the farm, scattered with charming hamlets and traditional farmhouses. After lunch go to the ancient city of Arezzo and enjoy a guided visit to the fascinating, world-famous frescoes of Piero della Francesca of which your host has made a special study.
Riding approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 4 (Tuesday): Loccano and Noferi Ride & Siena Visit
This morning, we ride through the hamlets of Loccano and Noferi with their views of the local ’smotte’ which inspired Leonardo da Vinci. After lunch, we visit Siena to have a look at the magnificent frescoes in the Town Hall and also at the famed cathedral with its Renaissance frescoes in the Libreria Piccolomini. 
Riding approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 5 (Wednesday): Sightseeing in Florence
Today, we go visit Florence. Highlights of the day include: the frescoes and altarpiece of Ghirlandaio in the church of Santa Trìnita, the frescoes of Giotto and his pupils in the Basilica of Santa Croce and finally a visit to Jenny’s favourite church, the Basilica of San Miniato on a hill overlooking the city, to see the frescoes of the 14C artist from Arezzo, Spinello Aretino and other even earlier frescoes. Lunch in Florence and dinner at the farm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 6 (Thursday): Caposelvi Morning Ride & Afternoon Visit
Our morning ride has us passing the Pianacce and skirting the village of Caposelvi. After a light lunch, we take a short trip to Florence by train, and visit to the frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli in the Palazzo Medici-Ricciardi. Then we head to San Gimignano to spend the night in a charming ‘residenza d’epoca’. This evening, we enjoy a pizza supper at a local pizzeria where, according to Jenny, you will have the best pizza of your life!
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a residenza d'epoca in San Gimignano

Day 7 (Friday): San Gimignano Visit
We start the day with a visit to the 14C frescoes in the Duomo, which must be at the same time the most charming, dramatic and even unconsciously humorous frescoes you will have seen this week. Then (optional) visit to Le Cellole, an intact Romanesque church of great beauty to listen to sung prayers by the resident monks. After a light lunch in San Gimignano we head back to Florence and arrive back at the farm in time for  dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Breakfast and EITHER your own arrangements to leave (departure is usually by 10:00 am) OR a ten-minute drive to Montevarchi to meet the train back to Florence. Own arrangements for your onward journey from Florence. For those going to Rome, there is a direct train from Montevarchi.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non-riders are welcome, of course, but they must not be shocked at the occasional whiff of manure! Franca, the cook, organizes cooking courses on specific dates but can also provide, on request, tailor-made cooking lessons.
For walkers and mountain-bikers there are many waymarked trails radiating out from the Centre. For those using road-bikes, there are plenty of quiet lanes in the Chianti region and the Arno valley.
Riding can be substituted for walks and/or cooking lessons for riders who need a rest from the saddle!
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Arts & Riding Holiday in Tuscany
Tour Code: IT-ITSR04
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,820.00
Dates : Apr & 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 2022 04/02 - 04/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2022 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
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Tack: English
Horses: Local Sicilian and Maremma
Pace: Moderate with some trots and canters
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Florence
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