Franco has been hosting riders for 20 years, and has become well known both in Italy and other countries for his quality horses and experienced guides. Franco is a skilled guide and horseman with years of experience as a horse trainer and riding instructor. The horses are very well trained and ridden in the western style. The farm is located in the middle of typical Tuscan countryside with olive groves, vineyards and woods surrounding the old courtyards, towers and castles. The farm is traditionally Tuscan, with a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Here you can choose between
- A week-long farm program
- Three week-long programs where you are on a trail ride for three of the days.
- City riding holiday with 2 days in Florence and 3 on the farm
Learn more about the options further down the page.
The farm offers horse lovers a wonderful setting with its typical stone house surrounded by green pastures and the beautiful olive groves, and you can even make your own olive oil. The house was originally a watchtower from the twelfth century and is decorated in a rustic style. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and relaxed, far from a formal hotel.
You arrive on Saturday and familiarize yourself with the farm and greet the horses. Sunday begins with a lesson, allowing you and the horse to understand each other, and you get insight into how Franco's western-oriented riding philosophy works. The day continues with a ride in the surrounding countryside.
If you select any of the trail ride programs, you will ride through the beautiful hills on Monday and Tuesday (about 2 hours per day) and return to the farm for a good dinner with wine. If you prefer, you can replace any hour’s riding with lessons in Western riding. On Wednesday, you leave the farm for a three-day trail ride where you ride all day and carry your lunch in your saddlebags.
Each day-long ride will mean about five hours in the saddle. You ride through and past small villages and castles.
Group size is 4-8 riders.
When not riding during the first few days, you can relax with walks in the surrounding area, you can walk 2,5 km to a nice swimming pool at a nearby small hotel or visit Florence, Siena or San Giminiano. It is recommended to take a car, but it is also possible to organize a taxi.