8 Days | From £1249pp
Italy ( Best airport: Rome Ciampino / Rome Fiumicino)
This riding holiday in Tuscany will give you the opportunity to explore the charm of this region, crossing vast, unspoiled territory without restrictions. Riding through beautiful nature, lakes, villages, castles, palaces and archeological sites, your guides will lead you along old trails used by the “Brigands” (outlaws) to escape from the law 200 years ago.
The castle offers a perfect location for an authentic country holiday in the south of Tuscany, where you can explore 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
£1255 pp – low season
£1345 pp – high season
Single supplement – £124
Flights & Airport transfers
Transfers can be arranged from both Rome airports for a minimum of 2 people.
FCO Airport – €300 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