Brigands Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1240pp

Italy ( Best airport: Rome Ciampino / Rome Fiumicino)

Explore the charm of Tuscany, crossing vast, unspoiled territory without restrictions. Riding alongside lakes through unchanged villages admire the castles, palaces and archeological sites that dot this region. Your Italian guides at this family run castle will lead you along some of the hidden trails used by the โ€œBrigandsโ€ (outlaws) to escape 200 years ago.

The castle offers a perfect location for an authentic country holiday in the south of Tuscany, where you can explore the picturesque neighbouring historic towns of Orvieto, Sorano, Pitigliano and Bolsena.

Short on time? Take a look at the Tuscany Short Break.

The Riding

This trail consists of 4 half day rides and one full day ride; however the riding can be tailored to suit individual requirements and abilities. For those who want to improve their riding there are instructors on site to offer tuition in one of their sand arenas. There are also special intensive training programs with lessons in flatwork and showjumping available on request. The equestrian centre is a perfect place for family holidays, with riding programs and summer camps available for children aged over 5 years old.



During July and August it is too hot to run the full day trail, so instead a half day trail will be offered with a massage at the wellness centre.

Level of Riding and Fitness

All riding abilities are catered for and your stay will be tailored to your specific requirements. Beginner and novice riders will be offered a mix of tuition and easy trail rides, more experienced riders can enjoy a full day trail ride as well as lessons and half day rides. The weight limit is 100kg.

Guides and Group Size

Group sizes are between 1-6 riders. Groups are separated based on ability.

The Horses

The horses are a mixture of thoroughbreds, warmblood crosses and ponies, ridden in English tack.

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Accommodation and Dining

This splendid 17th century castle, Castello di Santa Cristina, has been the property of the Caterini family for generations. It is located in Southern Tuscany half way between Orvieto and Siena, closely bordering with the regions of Umbria and Tuscany and one and a half hours away from Rome.

The castleโ€™s 18th century ivy-covered farmhouse and out-buildings have been carefully restored over the past ten years to retain their authenticity. Now they offer fantastic accommodation, in 8 self-catering cottages and 14 private bedrooms. All rooms are furnished with original pieces and offer you the chance to enjoy a unique holiday in Italy.

The ground floor of the farm house opens onto the main terrace which overlooks the swimming pool (open from 1st June). On the ground floor there is a large โ€œtavernaโ€ with brick vaulted ceilings. The space is divided into three main areas: dining room, billiard room, ping-pong room, plus a large kitchen available for all the guests and equipped for cooking courses.

There is also a wellness centre onsite providing a range of holistic and Ayurvedic treatments with a qualified physiotherapist.

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Brigands Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days

Seasons 2024

Low season: 10th April – 15th June and 17th Sept – 12th Nov
High season: 16th June – 16th Sept

During July and August full day rides are not possible due to high temperatures. Instead half day rides will be added.

Prices are based on two sharing a double room.
Twin room reduction (room size: 10 m2): ยฃ40 per person per week
Single supplement: ยฃ125 per week

BEGINNERS: 6 lessons or easy treks. Reduction of ยฃ200
NON RIDERS: ยฃ430 reduction

Flights & Airport transfers

Transfers can be arranged from both Rome airports

FCO Airport – โ‚ฌ320 return (max two people)
CIA Airport – โ‚ฌ330 return (max two people)

Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00; โ‚ฌ20 (per person, paid locally)

Price Includes
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including wine
  • Riding - 4 half day rides and 1 full day ride
  • Guided tour of the castle
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Treatments