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Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrive on Sunday and settle into your accommodations. You will have time to relax before meeting Enrica Bartolini, owner and instructor-guide with Carlo Baccelloni.
This evening you will sample the first of your delicious meals.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 2 (Monday): Francigena Clay Hills
Depart from the equestrian centre on horseback. Today’s ride takes a southwest direction and carries you through some of the most scenic hill landscape of cultivated fields and clay hills. During the course of your ride in this area, you will be exposed to the perennial erosive action of atmospheric agents that has created the startling and extraordinary slopes and ridges known as “calanchi”. It is the famous Via Francigena, the road of the ancient Etruscans and Romans, with its quite distinctive geography: the open rolling hills planted with golden wheat, the gray balze and some of the most famous farms are located in this area. 
Riding about 22 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 3 (Tuesday): Val d’Orcia Ride
On this day you will head off in south direction from the farm, and will ride to the Val d’Orcia area. This area is one of the most beautiful and famous in the world. The Val d’Orcia was registered by the World Heritage Committee in the list of UNESCO sites as a cultural landscape in 2004. The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional example of the redesigning of pre-Renaissance landscape, testifying to the ideals of good governance and the aesthetic research
that guided its conception.
Celebrated by painters of the Scuola Senese, the Val d’Orcia became an icon of the landscape that deeply influenced the development of landscape perception.
Riding about 21 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 4 (Wednesday): Free Day (no riding)
A trip to Tuscany should never be without sightseeing the historic sites or classic vineyards, so today is open for you to explore on your own or we can provide a driver for you. We offer a number of different sightseeing options (not included) to Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino etc., or you can rent a car from the center and explore on your own. We can set aside the morning to participate in a Cooking Class with the chef of the restaurant (included).
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 5 (Thursday): Radicofani Castle Ride
Today you will ride to the castle of Radicofani, built in the 9th century. The castle is located in a strategic position, dominating the Francigena route. In the middle age it was occupied by the ‘gentleman bandit’, Ghino di Tacco, a Robin Hood of sorts that was mentioned by Dante in the Devine Comedy and by Boccaccio in the Decamerone. With its 896 meters high, it is dominates the whole territory set between the Mount Cetona, the Orcia Valley and the Mount Amiata. During the war between Siena and Florence it was Cosimo I Medici who wanted it for a defensive fortress. Since 1735 it was neglected but the recent restoration has restored the ancient splendor of the past.
Riding about 24 km 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 6 (Friday): Mannella Ride
Today’s itinerary takes you on eastward trail to the area of ‘Crete Senesi’, the Rigo Valley and around the San Casciano Bagni, with its 46 thermal water sources that encircle it and have rendered it famous from the time of the ancient Romans. Along the way you will find a few secluded farmhouses, some of them restored some other not yet, among these there are Banditelle and Mannella that are included in our estate.
Riding about 26 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Casale


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast. Ciao.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non-Riders Program
Our non-rider program includes 6 nights with half board, 4 light lunches, 2 cooking classes with our chef, learning the most famous recipes of Tuscany cooking traditions, 1 day visit the famous Renaissance city of Pienza, 1 day visit the medieval town of Radicofani or 1 morning at the thermal swimming pool of Fonteverde, on Wednesday with a day at the Fonteverde Spa or a visit with tasting of Nobile in Montepulciano. 1 welcome wine tasting at our farm shop is also included!
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Gourmet Ride in Tuscany
Tour Code: IT-ITSR01P
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : Apr to Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Horses: Sella Italiano, Arabian, Maremmano
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters. 4 rid...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Rome/Florence
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