Tuscany Short Break

5 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ762pp

Italy ( Best airport: Rome Ciampino / Rome Fiumicino)

Head to this 17th century castle and indulge in riding, spa treatments and wine tasting on this short break in Tuscany. Explore the charm of this region, crossing vast, unspoiled territory, dotted with lakes, traditional villages, palaces and vineyards.The castle offers the perfect location for exploring the south of Tuscany, nestled inbetween the neighbouring historic towns of Orvieto, Sorano, Pitigliano and Bolsena.

The Riding

This trail consists of two 2 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 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 90kg.

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

Thisย  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 double 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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Tuscany Short Break

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

Twin room reduction (room size: 10 m2): ยฃ35 per person
Double room for single use supplement: ยฃ70 per person

BEGINNERS OPTION: 3 lessons or easy trails. Reduction of ยฃ165
NON RIDER OPTION: ยฃ285 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 - 2 half day rides and 1 full day ride
  • Guided tour of the castle
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Treatments