Chianti Country Ride

Tuscany Italy: (IT-ITSR10)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/italy_siena_chianti_tasting.aspx

Introduction
Tuscany Italy
Set in an 18th century Tuscan farmhouse in Chianti. Meadows, woods and beautiful gardens with a views of a medieval castle surround the equestrian centre.

This is a certified organic property since 2000, and 2014 Trip Advisor Green leaders. You will discover typical Tuscan food, with a special attention to quality and the substitutable of the ingredients. Our heat and energy production come from renewable energy sources. The buildings have been renovated in harmony with the original form. Our desire was to create a harmonious setting, for a limited number of guests who are looking to stay in a friendly, and at the same time tranquil environment. This is the perfect place to take a walk, to cycle and experience nature and countryside. You can relax around our salt-water swimming pool.

We offer a program that explores an area more than 400km2, without having to pack and unpack everyday but enjoying staying in a comfortable, ancient country house tasting superb Tuscan food and wine, and riding well trained horses that during the year also compete in military and dressage. Each day we will ride a new route along old tracks and show the rider the variety of our territory, which is rich in historical Medieval buildings, vines, olive trees and woods, villas, and farms (Poderi). All of this away from traffic and large crowds and we pass the best Chianti wine farms with excellent tasting wine.

Non Rider Options:  The location of the farm makes it an ideal base for cycling and hiking, and for those who wish to mix cultural tourism with outdoor pursuits.

Accomodation

The farmstead of Santa Margherita was built at the end of the 18th century and is now the home of a riding centre and farm. It is situated in the Senese Chianti at the centre of the Siena, Florence, and Arezzo triangle.
The buildings have recently been renovated without altering their original form. They are surrounded by meadows, woods and beautiful gardens.
The farm house is divided into apartments so that guests will be able to enjoy the complete privacy during their stay at the riding centre.

Division of apartments:
-Alloro Apt: Alloro bedroom + sitting room with sofa bed  - can accommodate 2+ 2 guests - 48 sq. m
-Grande Noce Apt : 3/4 bedrooms (Suite, Rosa Chinae bedroom )  with adjacent sitting room and kitchen - 180 sq. m
-Cottage: two floors with view of our pasture + Castello for 2/3 guests - 50 sq. m

All apartments have their own private space outside with a table and chairs

Our desire was to create a harmonious setting in 6000 square feet, for a limited number of guests who are looking to stay in a friendly, but at the same time discreet environment. We are also a certified organic farm and we try to respect the environment in the way we run our farm holiday accommodation. Castelnuovo Berardenga town council organizes cultural and social activities in the area and there are two well-known spa swimming pools ten minutes away.

We love animals and have a lot, so we are unable to accept dogs or other pets, but if you are looking for such accommodation there are two neighboring farms which offer two apartments where it is possible to take animals.


Meals:
All meals are prepared with as many organic ingredients as possible - from the gardens. The farm has been certified as an organic property since 2000.
Breakfasts typically consist of bread with butter and jam and juice. Dinners are typical Tuscan gourmet dishes that will satisfy the most demanding pallets.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

This week is generally proposed from Sunday to Sunday.

Riding Center
Sadio and Donatella personally assist and receive their guest and riders. They speak French and English and have been running the Horse Riding Centre since 1992. The Riding Centre is affiliated with the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports.

Horses
We currently have 20 horses. Once horses join the center they are never sold and periodically they are trained and worked by our instructors. They work both in the school and in the countryside, and spend some hours every day in the fields to relax and play. We like our horses to be happy!
We choose our horses not according to their breed but by looking at their attitude to work in the flat and in the countryside. For this reason in our stables you will find many different breeds: Anglo-Arab, Thoroughbred, Warmblood, Murgesi, Arab, Holsteiner etc. We make sure that our horses have good mental balance so they can change riders easily. Our horses are friendly and easy to handle.

Tack & Equipment
Saddles are Kieffer or Appaloosa Prestige.
There are many short chaps and helmets available at the Riding Center.


Itinerary

Sample Itinerary 2019 - Subject to changes

Day 1 Sunday:
Arrival at the riding center in the afternoon. Around 7 PM we will get together and offer you a welcome drink before we join you for dinner around 8:30. Dinners are of a high standard, typical Tuscan cuisine served with table wine.

Day 2 Monday:
Half-day riding takes us to the romantic abbey of Badia d'Ombrone. Lunch at the riding centre and in the afternoon we ride to our neighbour at the medieval Castello di Montalto for a visit and tea with the lady of the manor.

Day 3 Tuesday:
One full day of riding on rolling hills and landscapes that take you to Arceno, a centuries old property, where you breathe in the history and beauty.  In the heart of Tuscany is the Sienese Chianti area, between Florence and Siena, that extends for more than a thousand hectares. We will have a wine tasting in a superb location with the view of vines, olives, and two tree-lined avenues with their double line of cypresses that are protected by law given their great value and uncommon beauty. We stop for a visit and maybe an aperitif in the medieval village of San Gusme(11th century) and then arrive at the Etruscan site of Campi, where we have a picnic. The view is magnificent, spreading over 360 degrees from Monti del Chianti to Siena to Monte Amiata.

Day 4 Wednesday:
Option A: Half-day riding in the morning takes us to the medieval village of Montebenichi. Lunch at the riding centre and in the afternoon we visit the medieval town of Montepulciano, where we will taste the famous red wine, Nobile di Montepulcianoto and visit the towns set of many historical movies.

Option B: Riding through the Chianti Castles Wednesday and Thursday  and extension to Castello di Brolio with an overnight stay. Minimum 4 riders required. 200 Euro per person.

Day 5 Thursday:
One day riding with a picnic at the organic wine farm of Pacina,  which used to be an old convent, now converted into an organic farm by the Tiezzi family. They produce a superb, natural wine, but in small quantity. The farm is in the movie  RESISTENZA NATURALE by Jonathan Nossiter.

Day 6 Friday:
One day riding with a stop for a delicious picnic. We pass through the “Crete senesi”, a completely different area  famous for their sheep cheese before heading to an ancient Etruscan road with an amazing view of the Chianti hills and Siena on sunny days. We pass through the village of Rapale, one of the last remaining untouched ancient villages.

Day 7 Saturday:
Half day riding in the morning at the monastery Borgo Monastero through forest, olives, and vines. Lunch is eaten at the riding centre  and  in the afternoon we visit Siena by car, thought to be the best well-preserved medieval town in Italy.

Day 8 Sunday:
Departure after breakfast.

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Sample Itinerary 2020 (stationary option) - Subject to changes

Day 1 Sunday:
Arrival at the riding center in the afternoon. Around 7 PM we will get together and offer you a welcome drink before we join you for dinner around 8:30. Dinners are of a high standard, typical Tuscan cuisine served with table wine.

Day 2 Monday:
Half-day riding takes us to the romantic abbey of Badia d'Ombrone. Lunch at the riding center and in the afternoon we ride to our neighbor at the medieval Castello di Montalto for a visit and tea with the lady of the manor.

Day 3 Tuesday:
One full day of riding on rolling hills and landscapes that take you to Arceno (a centuries old property), where you breathe in the history and beauty.  In the heart of Tuscany is the Sienese Chianti area, between Florence and Siena, that extends for more than a thousand hectares. We will have a wine tasting in a superb location with the view of vines, olives, and two tree-lined avenues with their double line of cypresses that are protected by law given their great value and uncommon beauty. We stop for a visit and maybe an aperitif in the medieval village of San Gusme (11th century) and then arrive at the Etruscan site of Campi, where we have a picnic. The view is magnificent, spreading over 360 degrees from Monti del Chianti to Siena to Monte Amiata.

Day 4 Wednesday:
Half-day riding in the morning takes us to the medieval village of Montebenichi. Lunch at the riding center and in the afternoon we visit the medieval town of Montepulciano, where we will taste the famous red wine, Nobile di Montepulcianoto and visit the towns set of many historical movies.

Day 5 Thursday:
One day riding with a picnic at the organic wine farm of Pacina,  which used to be an old convent, now converted into an organic farm by the Tiezzi family. They produce a superb, natural wine, but in small quantity. The farm is in the movie  RESISTENZA NATURALE by Jonathan Nossiter.

Day 6 Friday:
One day riding with a stop for a delicious picnic. We pass through the “Crete senesi”, a completely different area  famous for their sheep cheese before heading to an ancient Etruscan road with an amazing view of the Chianti hills and Siena on sunny days. We pass through the village of Rapale, one of the last remaining untouched ancient villages.

Day 7 Saturday:
Half day riding in the morning at the monastery Borgo Monastero through forest, olives, and vines. Lunch is eaten at the riding center  and  in the afternoon we visit Siena by car, thought to be the best well-preserved medieval town in Italy.

Day 8 Sunday:
Departure after breakfast.

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Sample Itinerary 2020 (1 night away option) - Subject to changes

Day 1 Sunday:
Arrival at the riding center in the afternoon. Around 7 PM we will get together and offer you a welcome drink before we join you for dinner around 8:30. Dinners are of a high standard, typical Tuscan cuisine served with table wine.

Day 2 Monday:
Half-day riding takes us to the romantic abbey of Badia d'Ombrone. Lunch at the riding centre and in the afternoon we ride to our neighbour at the medieval Castello di Montalto for a visit and tea with the lady of the manor.

Day 3 Tuesday:
One full day of riding on rolling hills and landscapes that take you to Arceno, a centuries old property, where you breathe in the history and beauty.  In the heart of Tuscany is the Sienese Chianti area, between Florence and Siena, that extends for more than a thousand hectares. We will have a wine tasting in a superb location with the view of vines, olives, and two tree-lined avenues with their double line of cypresses that are protected by law given their great value and uncommon beauty. We stop for a visit and maybe an aperitif in the medieval village of San Gusme(11th century) and then arrive at the Etruscan site of Campi, where we have a picnic. The view is magnificent, spreading over 360 degrees from Monti del Chianti to Siena to Monte Amiata.

Day 4 Wednesday:
Today, we ride through the Chianti Castles until we reach Castello di Brolio.

Day 5 Thursday:
We ride back from Castello di Brolio to the riding center.

Day 6 Friday:
One day riding with a stop for a delicious picnic. We pass through the “Crete senesi”, a completely different area  famous for their sheep cheese before heading to an ancient Etruscan road with an amazing view of the Chianti hills and Siena on sunny days. We pass through the village of Rapale, one of the last remaining untouched ancient villages.

Day 7 Saturday:
Half day riding in the morning at the monastery Borgo Monastero through forest, olives, and vines. Lunch is eaten at the riding centre  and  in the afternoon we visit Siena by car, thought to be the best well-preserved medieval town in Italy.

Day 8 Sunday:
Departure after breakfast.

--The above sample itineraries are subject to change at the tour operator's discretion.--


Rates and Dates for Chianti Country Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations with private bath, all meals, table wine with dinner, 6 riding days - 2 half days (2-3 hrs) and 4 full days (5-6 hrs in the saddle), 3 wine tastings amd transfer to/from Montevarchi train station

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP- Classic (spring and autumn)€1815$2180
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Tourist tax (mandatory) 11 $15
2019 Non-Rider 975 $1,170
2019 Single Supplement 190 $230
2019 Transfer from Montevarchi train station included 0 $0
2019 Transfer from Florence Airport (1-3 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
130 $155
2019 Transfer from Pisa Airport (1-3 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
220 $265
2019 Transfer from Rome Airport (1-3 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
350 $420
2019 Chianti Castles ride and overnight stay (on Wednesday), min.4 riders, pp 375 $450
2019 Transfer from Florence Airport (4-6 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
150 $180
2019 Transfer from Pisa Airport (4-6 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
240 $290
2019 Transfer from Rome Airport (4-6 pax), per person, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
400 $480

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/22 - 09/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Classic (spr... 4 /7 Expired
A 2019 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Classic (spr... 4 /7 Expired
A 2019 10/20 - 10/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Classic (spr... 4 /7 Reserve

Dates Note: If these dates do not work for you, you can book a regular Ride & Relax week any week during the year. Or we can set additional dates for groups of 4+

Rates do not include:

Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Castelnuovo
Airport: Florence / Pisa
Transfer: Montevarchi train station

Climate:
                                                Florence area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

52

54

60

67

75

83

89

89

81

70

59

52

Average Low Temperature (°F)

36

37

42

46

54

60

65

65

59

52

43

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

11

12

16

19

24

28

32

32

27

21

15

11

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

3

5

8

12

16

18

18

15

11

6

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons

To avoid the heat, it’s best to visit in spring and autumn. During the peak summer months of July and August, the weather can be very hot, but it still gets cooler in the evenings. It usually does not rain in the summertime. Autumn brings more comfortable temperatures as well as some rainfall,  but there are still dry, sunny days. The winters are not too chilly with the lowest expected temperatures in the peak of winter being around 0°C / 32°F. However, at night, it sometimes gets very cold.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Riding boots and mini chaps
Riding helmet 
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight waterproofs

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm