Italy - Tuscany Castle Ride
Welcome to our beautiful eighteenth century castle which is situated between the hills of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria (barely 200 km / 125 miles) from Rome.
The castle was once the residence of a Cardinal who kept the Vatican's treasures safe here during the 1848 revolution. He chose the palace as his home and now his descendants, Count Antonio and his family, have opened up his home for riders from all countries. Horses have once again been given a central role on the estate.
With its fairytale turrets, the castle is a romantic and comfortable environment for exploring the surrounding culture and history by horseback.
Accommodation and Food
Large parts of the castle are now a museum. Just below the castle is a large building from the nineteenth century that has been converted into a hotel and restaurant / bar. The farm has a total of eight charming apartments and fourteen rooms. All rooms are en suite and apartments are fully equipped for self-catering.
It is possible to book a single room (price for single supplement available under Dates & Prices). If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be payable.
Safe deposit box: No
Hair Dryer: Yes, on request.
Towels and sheets: Yes
Fridge: In apartments.
On the ground floor there is a large "taverna" with brick vaulted ceiling. It features a restaurant and a billiards room and a kitchen that is also used for cooking classes.
The food here is traditional Italian food and includes local specialties along with a few new and delicious recipes. You can choose half or full board (price for full board available under Dates & Prices). Dinner is served between 8.00/8.30pm.
At lunch you will be offered three courses and at dinner four incl. 1 glass of wine. During the summer, you can dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking the pool. The pool is open between 1 June and 30 September.
There are about twenty horses, Maremma-, Dutch- and Irish half-bloods and about 160-170 cm (63-67 in).
Program Tuscany Castle Ride
Mile after mile of perfect riding trails surround this magnificent property and you only need to cross a road now and then. On one day, you will head off on an all-day ride to see some more of the local area.
Weekly program: 7 nights, 5 days riding: 1 full day (4-5 hours), 4/2 day (2-3 hours / day).
Short week program: 4 nights, 4 days riding: 1 full day ride (4-5 hours), 3 half-day rides (2 hours / day). If you arrive on Sunday morning, your first riding session will be in the afternoon. Conversely, if you go home after 12:30pm on Thursda, you will have time to ride one last session on Thursday morning.
Weekend programs: 3 nights, 3 days riding: 1 full day ride (4-5 hours), 2 half-day rides (2 hours / day). If you arrive on Thursday morning, your first riding session will be in the afternoon. Conversely, if you go home after 12:30pm on Sunday, you will have time to ride one last session on Sunday morning.
Minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum 15 (riders split into groups).
The farm is very well suited as a base for the whole family. There are two pools, a tennis court and plenty of space for active children.
It is possible to rent bicycles with or without a guide. Antonio is an avid cyclist who can advise you about good routes. You can also meet up with the horse riders at lunchtime.
Temperature: about 20 ° C (68 F) in spring and autumn, approximately + 15 ° C (59 F) during winter and about + 25-30 ° C (77-86 F) during the summer.
Ability description: Trail ride level 2-3 >>
Included in the price. Accomodation, riding, half- or full board incl. 1 glass of wine, water and coffee with meals.
Not included: Flights, transfers, personal insurance, drinks and extras not mentioned.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Fly to Rome, Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino Airport) or Ciampino Airport.
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay in cash direct to the riding centre.
From the airport you can take train to Orvieto Train Station and have transfer from there (about 50km), different times during the day. Train time table at Tren Italia >>.
Price (roundtrip): 1 person 90 EUR. 2-3 persons 120 EUR. 4 persons 140 EUR.
If you want transfer directly from the airport Fiumicino Airport - (150 km) or Ciampino Airport - (170 km).
Price (roundtrip): 1 person 200 EUR. 2-3 persons 230EUR. 4 persons 250 EUR
This transfer service is available between the hours of 09:00 am and 8:00 pm. After 8:00 pm it will be 15 EUR extra.
Car: We recommend renting a car if you want to explore the area around the equestrian center, there is a lot to discover when you are not riding. HorseXplore can book you a rental car which you can pick up directly when you arrive to the airport in Rome.
Season: Mars - November. Low season 12/3 - 17/6, 17/9 - 6/11. High season, 18/6 - 16/9.
Arrival day: Weekend: Thursday afternoon (or at the latest 10.00pm), departure sunday after 12.30 pm.
Week: Saturday afternoon and departure following saturday after breakfast.
Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices. If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.
Credit card: Accepted at riding center.
Tipping: Not required but appreciated.
Wifi: Yes, it is best in the reception and restaurant.
Group size: Tuscanay Castle Ride: 1-5 riders. Trail Ride throught Medieval Castles: 4-8 riders.
Age limit: 14 years old, together with an adult.
Closest village: 5 minutes by car with restaurants, pubs, sight seeing.
Beach: 15 minutes by car.
Pool: Yes, open June-September.
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, boots, chaps.
Saddle bag available: No
Special diet: Inform when booking.