Horseback riding trail ride in Italy - A horseback trail ride in Tuscany to discover the incredible diversity of landscapes and sights of the immense territory of Italy : Tuscany . In the heart of this colorfull region, between mountains, valleys, hills and forests. you will discover the ridges of the Sienna Mountains or « Sienna’s costum », which were until the year 1800, the border between the great duchy of Tuscany and the Papal State. An historical experience too, as you discover the remains of the mysterious Etruscan civilization.
Sunday: Arrival in the evening before dinner, at the Sovana hotel. Metting with your guide, presentation of your ride.
Monday: You will start your ride near the archaeological park of “citta del tufo”, the birthplace of the Etruscan civilisation. You will ride towards totally different landscapes, passing by two typical and authentic small villages : Castell’ottieri, with the remains of its medieval fortress, and S. Giovanni Delle Contee. You will then ride along a riverbed to the agroturismo of “La Franciola”. Beautiful sight of the medieval village of Proceno, situated just across the canyon. Dinner and night in “La Franciola”.
Tuesday: Today, you are heading to Radicofani, passing by the small village of Celle Sul Rigo. You will ride across hills of various heights on clayey paths, since this is an ancient volcanic terrain ! A typical Sienna landscape ! You will stop on the way to enjoy a copious lunch… On the afternoon, admire beautiful sights of the perched village of Radicofani. Dinner and night in an hotel in Radicofani.
Wednesday: Departure after breakfast for a ride around Radicofani. You will cross the Orca Valley, the centre of the Sienan Tuscany . Pic-Nic along the crests and breathtaking sight on Radicofani fortress (you can see it up to 20 km). In the afternoon, we will ride back to your hotel and will have the opportunity to visit Radicofani, its medieval castle. Wander in the village and admire its stone houses, characteristic of the charm and authenticity of Tuscany’s villages. Night and dinner in an hotel in Radicofani.
Thursday: Back to “La Franciola” taking a completely different route. You will ride across big hills spreading as far as the eye can see … You will ride on the ancient “Cassia”, the road that used to link Firenze to Roma, and keep going along the new Cassia. After a couple of nice canters, you will make your way back up towards “La Franciola”.
Friday: An unforgettable experience ! You will ride towards S. Quirico and Prato Lungo. Lunch by Vitozza (an ancient Etruscan necropolis, made out of over 200 caves), and the remains of a roman church and fortress : the heart of the archaeological parc of “Citta del Tufo”. After lunch you will hand-lead your horse down the narrow trails of the park. You will then get back on and ride along a river bed, which will lead you at the bottom of the impressive village of Sorano, built on a cliff. A beautiful Etruscan road digged in the “tufo” (volcanic rock) and surrounded by impressive over-hanging cliffs, will lead you up to a roman church. You will go up the Etruscan road on foot and let your horse climb up by himself. Amazing view of Sorano. Back to the equestrian center in the late afternoon. After feeding your travelling companions you will let the horses loose in the fields to roll and rest. Night and dinner in agriturismo
Saturday: End of the trip after breakfast.
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