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Tuscan Discovery Week


Itinerary for Tuscan Discovery Week




Sample Itinerary: A Taste of Tuscany Getaway - 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): Galatrona Ride
A morning ride takes you through vineyards, olive groves and woodland, passing a 14C church and an 18C manor house beneath the medieval tower of Galatrona. After lunch, a light-hearted lesson in essential Italian and/or an hour’s guided walk in the woods and fields to learn about the trees and flowers you will see on your rides. Back for a cuppa and later a freshly made pizza followed by one of Isabella's delicious meals.
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 3 (Monday): Casa Leopoldina Ride & Arezzo Visit
The morning ride takes you through charming hamlets in unspoilt countryside and also introduces you to a ‘casa leopoldina’. After lunch a short trip by train to the ancient city of Arezzo and a visit guided by Jenny of some of its most notable sights, including the frescoes of Piero della Francesca. Opportunity to shop.
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 4 (Tuesday): Castles Ride
Ride to the tower of Galatrona and along the ridge with fabulous views to the castle of Cennina. Descend to a lake and have a luxurious picnic either there or in the woods nearby. Ride near the castle of Lupinari and proceed with frequent canters towards the farm. A farewell dinner and, if desired, a visit to the local pub.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 5 (Wednesday): 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



Sample Itinerary: Tuscan Discovery Week - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Go to the main railway station of Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and at 6:15 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): Introductory Ride
Breakfast and morning ride through vineyards, olive-groves and woodland, passing near an 11th-century tower and a 14th century church. Return home for lunch. After a short siesta and possibly a guided walk to introduce you to the local flora and fauna, join your host for a lesson in Italian pronunciation which will prove useful over the following days (learn, for example, that the “ch” in the Italian word bruschetta is pronounced like a 'k'!). For dinner, freshly made pizzas followed by dessert.
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 3 (Monday): Morning Ride & Arezzo Visit
Breakfast and morning ride in 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 and then to the main square made familiar by the film “Life is Beautiful”. There is a chance to do some shopping.
Riding approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 4 (Tuesday): Castles Ride
Day ride and picnic in the Chianti hills. During your ride you will pass the medieval village of San Leolino, a lake and the castles of Cennina and Lupinari. Dinner and night at home.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 5 (Wednesday): Relax (no riding)
A free day to make your arrangements for sightseeing, perhaps to visit Florence (if she is available, your host will gladly give you a guided tour of the main sights) or the hill towns of Cortona, Assisi or Orvieto – take your pick. All three are an easy train journey from Montevarchi and you will be driven to and from the station. Alternatively there could be a wine-tasting visit to Montepulciano and Pienza (minimum 3 people), to be paid for on site.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 6 (Thursday): Riding at the Farm & Visit of Montevarchi
You start the day with a guided visit (by minivan) to the local town of Montevarchi and its famous weekly market: a good chance to pick up bargains! Lunch at a gourmet restaurant in Loro Ciuffenna, a medieval village built round a ravine on the other side of the Arno valley. Drive back home and have either an afternoon ride or a lesson with our BHS instructor in the school.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 7 (Friday): Chianti Hills Ride
A final day ride to the top of the Chianti hills (nearly 2,500 feet). Enjoy a barbecue on the ridge beside a boarhunters' hut and ride back via the village and castle of Montegonzi. A farewell dinner and, if desired, a visit to the local pub.
Riding approx. 5 hours
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
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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Tuscan Discovery Week
Tour Code: IT-ITSR02
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,900.00
Dates : Apr, May, Sep & Oct

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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A 2021 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Sat - Sat) 2 /6 Expired
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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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