Roman Getaway Ride

Lazio Italy: (IT-ITSR07)

Lazio Italy
Coming to Italy and visit Rome? Why not take a short break away from the busy city life and immerse yourself into the country life at this wonderful four-star country estate. It is a short train ride from the center of Rome and you are at one of the most pristine places of Lazio at the Lake of Bracciano, with its castles and warm waters. The estate and surrounding countryside offer some great riding and a wealth of history - Etruscan tombs, ancient Roman paved roads, fortified medieval villages and renaissance manor houses.

Professional guides and instructors are ready for you. You chose if you want to improve and take  lessons in dressage, jumping or cross country or take some leisurely trail rides across the large estate.

The food and wines offered by the restaurant are excellent and a real highlight of the holiday. There is a swimming pool open in summer and the Wellness Center offers welcome relaxation after a day in the saddle.

This country estate is an ideal base for non-riders, although you would probably find a rental car necessary for maximum enjoyment. Activities available locally include fishing and sailing on Lake Bracciano, golf (at a selection of local courses), guided hikes and bike tours.


This is a center-based ride, so all nights are spent in the same accommodations.

The Country Relais is a Charming Hotel with 24 rooms and 7 Suites, located on a 375 acre estate, just North-West of Rome. The Country Relais is part of the Italian Hotel Chain Charme & Relax.
The rooms have a bathroom & shower, Air-conditioning, TV, Telephone with direct dial, Mini-bar & Internet connection.
The Amenities include a swimming pool and a wellness center (extra fees).
Laundry-services are available for a small fee.

The swimming pool of the Country Relais is open from June to September. It is surrounded by the vegetation of the property and is a great place to totally relax.
Together with the bar on the poolside, where it’s possible to have a nice aperitif or a refreshing ice-cream, you will also find comfortable sun beds, deck-chairs and towels; safety is guaranteed by professional bathing attendants.
Pool size  75' x 37'

The biologically cultivated Estate is surrounded by the Natural Park of Lakes Bracciano and Martignano.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, a single supplement fee applied.
Single room accommodations are subject to availability.

All breakfasts and dinners are included in the package. Lunches are to be paid extra.
Please note that the package includes a set menu, but if you prefer you can choose from the a la carte menu  at an additional cost.

The estate owns about four hundred animals : 200 goats, 100 sheep, 30 cows (Maremma and Charolais), 60 horses. The organic meat and home-made goat cheese in the Dairy supply the Restaurant located inside the Hotel. The restaurant serves only local food.

Sample Menu
Hors d’oeuvres:
- Goat Cheese tartare served with Goat Cheese mousse, raw Tomatoes and Olive oil
- Marinated Beef “Carpaccio” with black Truffle served with Parmesan Cheese mousse
- Ricotta Cheese pie served with Chestnut pâté and Crispy Leeks
- Raw Sea bass served with Orange Citronette sauce flavoured with wild Fennel
- Cornmeal Porridge with wild Mushrooms and mature Goat Cheese

First Courses:
- Borlotti Beans, Savoy Cabbage and Spelt soup
- “Fettuccine” Pasta with black Norcia Truffle
- Cornish Pastry with Lake ragout served with leeks and Cherry Tomatoes
- Risotto with Clams and Cerveteri Artichokes (at least two people)
- “Pappardelle” Pasta with Lamb ragout flavoured with Bay Leaf and Juniper
- Potato and Ricotta Cheese Dumplings with Chives served with Pumpkin cream soup

Main Courses:
- Pork loin with Apple vinegar and Honey sauce served with sautéed Apples served with Potatoes pudding
- Polenta pudding with Truffle, Salt Code and Olive Oil, served with Chicory in Roman Style
- Fried Pike filet served with Seaweed and Artichokes julienne
- Beef filet with Marsala Wine and wild Mushrooms served with Endive pudding
- Crispy Croquettes of Potatoes and Cabbage served with stringy smoked Scamorza

Selection of Charcoal grilled meats: 
- T-Bone steak
- Sirloin steak
- Filet mignon
- Beef Entrecote
- Goat or Lamb chops
- Mixed meat grill
All the meats are served with grilled vegetables.

Home made Cheeses:
- Fresh Ricotta cheese with Pears and spicy Biscuits
- Selection of Goat cheeses with Honey, Pear and Red Onion Mustard
- Fresh Goat Cheese with toasted wholemeal Bread and green Tomatoes Mustard

- Warm pure Chocolate pudding served with Ice-cream
- Warm Ricotta Soufflé with wild Hazelnut sauce
- Short Pastry Tartlet with Chantilly Cream and Apples served with Calvados sauce and Hazelnut Ice-cream
- Radish and black Cherry Bavarian cream
- Pineapple “Carpaccio” with Star Anice, white Chocolate mousse and Coconut

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Lessons and hacks can be tailored to the individual.

There are over 60 horses living on the farm from competition horses, school horses, ponies, liveries and the retired ones. The horses live in the stable and in large pastures. There are a wide selection of horses and ponies to suit a broad range of riding abilities and ages. All horses are of the kindest nature and perform to a good standard of dressage, show jumping, hunting and hacking.
The Riding Centre is widely known for its respect toward animals, specially horses in all stages of their life. All horses are left to roam free in a herd over the farm, none of them will ever be put down just for an old age, lameness or injury, instead, they will spend in peace in this wonderful Country Side area the last days of their lives.

Equestrian Facilities
The Riding Club is the first in Italy to be recognized as “BHS” since 1999 by the prestigious international equestrian organization “The British Horse Society.” The club has been a school recognized by Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri (the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports) since many years.
The Riding Centre is equipped with two outdoor arenas (one is 90m x 50m and the other one is 40m x 40m), an outdoor grass arena (100m x 50m) for Cross Country practicing and 140 hectares of rolling hills with 35 Cross Country and hunting jumps for everyone to enjoy.

Your instructors
There are 3 qualified instructors at the centre:
- Pierpaolo Quagliariello, a F.I.S.E Level 2 instructor and an International Showjumper;
- Maria Guttridge, a British Horse Society intermediate Instructor, international Level 2 and British Equestrian Tourism Centre Manager;
- Eloisa Cempella, Equestrian Tourism guide and Pony Club Instructor.


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please, note that this itinerary can be adjusted to your wishes to add more trail riding or more riding lessons. However, there is no riding activities on Wednesdays!

Day 1: Arrival
Transfer to the estate. Drinks, orientation and welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Country Relais

Day 2: Riding Lessons
Riders will have an assessment lesson in the morning ; more lessons in the afternoon, visit and check of the cross country field.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the Country Relais

Day 3: Trail Ride & Goat Farm Visit
A relaxing and soft hack on the estate. Visit the goat farm, where the dairy converts the milk into many types of cheese. You can sample the cheese, have a glass of wine, and admire the view of both lakes Bracciano and Martignano.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the Country Relais

Day 4: Departure
Departure after breakfast
Meals included: Breakfast


Non-riding activities
- Going to Rome is a must, of course. By train it’s very easy. We’ll give map of Rome and the train time table.
- Visit the Castle Odescalchi in Bracciano. William Shakespeare, in The Twelfth Night, wrote about Duke Orsino (the Orsini Family founded the Castle in 1470), and also John Webster in ‘’The White Devil’’ spoke about Orsini. The visit could also include a tour of the lake of Bracciano, 33 km, going through the nice villages of Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano.
- Visit the Ancient Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri (26 km away) and Tarquinia (76 km away)
- Playing Golf at Golf Nazionale (Sutri, Viterbo) or at Olgiata Golf Club (Rome). Both 25 and 20 km away. To be booked in advance.
- Visit the Castle of Santa Severa on the Thyrrenian Sea (41 km away)
- Cycling: Pierluigi will rent ‘on request’ a City Bike or a Mountain Bike. Guests will tour around the Bracciano Lake area. I.e. : The whole tour of Bracciano Lake is about 33 km. The cost of a whole day is 14Eur per person. Client will pay straight to Pierluigi.

Rates and Dates for Roman Getaway Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations in rooms (possible upgrade to suite with extra charge), All Breakfasts and Dinners, 2 days of guided trail riding and/or lessons in dressage or cross country jumping (total of 8 hours riding) & Taxes

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20204 day trip, MAP- 8 riding hours€590$670
    • Single supplement€95$110
      Non Rider Rate (sharing)€300$340
      Upgrade to Suite, dbl, pp€120$140
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2020 Transfer from Anguillara train station per car each way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
20 $25
2020 Transfer from Fiumicino airport per car each way (up to 2 pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
90 $105
2020 Transfer from Fiumicino airport per car each way (3-7 pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
140 $160
2020 Transfer from Rome Ciampino airport per car each way (up to 2 pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
105 $120
2020 Transfer from Rome Ciampino airport per car each way (3-7 pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
170 $195

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, MAP- 8 riding ho... 1 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Available any time frame during the year, but there is NO riding on Wednesdays.
Closed for the 2020 season!

Rates do not include:

Lunches, Beverages, Transfers, Additional riding on request, Non-riding excursions, Spa treatments, Gratuities & Optional room upgrade to a suite.

Other Info
Meeting: Anguillara
Airport: Rome (Fiumicino or Ciampino)
Transfer: Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), or Anguillara train station

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While the overall climate of Lazio is considerably mild, the difference of humidity and temperature between the coastal towns and the inner cities is incredible. Rain is scarce along the coast and through the lowlands, in contrast to the inner and mountainous areas where rainfall is more abundant, particularly during the spring and winter months.

Along the coast the climate is warm all year-round.
Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are particularly balmy and are considered the best times to visit.
Summer (June to August) is usually hot but sunshine is guaranteed.
Winter (December to February) is often mild and rainy.

What To Bring:
Please bring your own riding boots/chaps, jodhpurs, cap or helmet!