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 “Brigands” (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.
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.
Accommodation and Dining
The breathtakingly splendid 17th century castle, Castello di Santa Cristina, has been the property of the noble 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 castle’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. On the ground floor there is a large “taverna” 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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8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days
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): £40 per person per week
Single supplement: £125 per week
BEGINNERS: 6 lessons or easy treks. Reduction of £200
NON RIDERS: £430 reduction
Flights & Airport transfers
Transfers can be arranged from both Rome airports for a minimum of 2 people.
FCO Airport – €320 return
CIA Airport – €330 return
Surcharge for transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00; €20 (per person, paid locally)
- All meals including wine
- Riding - 4 half day rides and 1 full day ride
- Guided tour of the castle
- Additional activities