Hotel and swimming pool
Enjoying a stroke
Riding on the beach
Testing the water
In the school
The swimming pool
Relax around the pool
Restaurant 1
Outdoor picnic
Restaurant
Welcome to our hotel
Riding through Monteiri
Large picnics
Riding in the manege
Bedroom 3
Bathroom 2
Bathroom
Terrace
Bedroom 2
Bedroom and en-suite
Cyclists and pool
Room with a view

Enjoy a fascinating part of Italy; wild and romantic Maremma. Your hosts have over 40 years experience of providing activity holidays from their hotel based on the slopes of Poggio di Montieri, situated between Siena and the Mediterranean coast.

From riding lessons for beginners to 6 night trails to the coast for more experienced riders, the riding offers something for everyone. Rolling hills with woods, tracks and views are typical of Tuscany. There is a large stable of good sized well-schooled horses. 
   
In addition to riding guided and self-guided hiking tours, self-guided mountain bike tours and other activities are available for non-riders. Those also looking to take it easy (why not, it's your holiday after all!) can enjoy the large swimming pool, sun loungers and hydrotherapy Jacuzzi, perfect for massaging those riding muscles after a day in the saddle.

The riding programmes offered include lessons for beginners, half-day and full-day star rides and a choice of two six night trail rides for experienced riders. Let the sure-footed and steady Maremma horses take you on an adventure in this beautiful region.

Rides out each day stop at a scenic picnic site where we enjoy lunch seated at tables. Riders wanting to ride only in the afternoon arrive by mini bus, everyone enjoys a picnic and those wanting to ride only in the morning take the mini bus back to the hotel.  

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from NK of Camerton Bath on 23/05/2019

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Please choose from the following four options for your horse riding holiday: Discovery Week, Star Rides, Trail to the Coast, Maremma Trail

Discovery Week

Learn to ride in the Italian countryside on safe homebred horses. With experienced help you will be comfortable with the important fundamentals of trail riding after the 10 hours in the saddle included in this package. As soon as you feel relaxed with riding and confident to step out of the ring, you are ready for your first trip out. You will quickly learn to trust the quiet, balanced temperament of the Maremma horses. The ideal combination of riding lessons and outings is individually structured for each guest. Each evening your riding instructor will discuss the next day's lesson with you. Please note there is no riding on one day of your week making a total of 5 riding days. For this programme you can arrive on any day of the week.

Star Rides

Discover the beauty of Tuscany on a week of 'Star Rides' - stay centre-based at the hotel and ride out in different directions each day discovering the local area and all it has to offer. This programme is nice and flexible; you book for either half-day rides (2-3 hours in the saddle) or full-day (4-5 hours in the saddle) rides but extra riding can be booked and paid for on-site. For instance, if you have booked the full-day ride package then you will simply return to the stable with your horse in the evening. If a two hour ride is more your thing then after the midday picnic you can change your horse for a seat in the bus that will drive you back to the hotel. Your horse will in turn be given to someone who has chosen to take part in the afternoon portion of the ride back to the hotel. Please note there is no riding on one day making a total of 5 riding days. For this programme you can arrive on any day of the week.

Here is a selection of the daily rides on offer:

LAGONI: Hot springs and sulphur vapours that gush out of the ground mark the Cecina valley. The horses are used to the hissing sound of the geysers, so you can quietly study from horseback how geothermal energy is used.

MINES OF GERFALCO: A wild-romantic path leads to the former silver mines, from where there is a wonderful view to the sea. The afternoon ride takes us through the small medieval valleys of the village of Gerfalco, followed by a bizarre landscape of meadows with unusual layers of Tuscan earth colours.

GALLERAIE: The ride to the springs of the Cecina and along the river leads us to the hotel Galleraie, where we visit ruins of antique baths from the time of the Etruscans. In the afternoon you have an endless view over the provinces of Grosseto and Siena.

PRATA: Old trade and animal paths cross through these native forests. In this area one often meets wild animals such as fox, deer, wild boar or porcupines. From the “Poggio di Prata” you can enjoy a wonderful view to the sea and to the island of Elba. A full-course picnic awaits us near the mining village of Prata.

BOCCHEGGIANO: We ride to the mines of this village, which were once worked for pyrite. The number of mines no longer functioning is an indication of how successful the region once was and how times have changed today with the continuous out-migration of this industry.

CHIUSDINO: This day ride will take you from the wild Maremma through the typical agrarian country of the Sienese hilly landscape that so typifies Tuscany. While wandering through the village of Chiusdino, enjoy the picturesque view of the Merse valley.

RIVER MERSE: Overgrown fruit trees surround crumbling farmhouses and, depending on the time of year, invite you to a fruit snack. Riding through the crystal waters of the Merse River, experience how nature has recaptured former agricultural land through the years. On warm days the high point of the riders' week is a swim for riders and horses in the river. After the picnic we have the possibility to visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano. Feel the indescribably mystical atmosphere around the standing remains of the Romanesque chapel, making this one of the most interesting visits in Tuscany.

Trail Rides

The two 5-day circular trails are for destinations farther afield and have set departure dates. Unlike the star rides, the horses will stay overnight where you arrive in the evening that day, while you will return to the familiar peace of the hotel. If there are no planned trail rides that week, different satellite rides are offered from Monday to Saturday.

Trail to the Sea:
Day 1 Saturday

Arrive and transfer from the train station or airport. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy your first meal in paradise.

Day 2 Sunday:
Heading towards the coast, enjoy an adventurous ride through the thick, unspoiled Macchia. Overwhelmed by the variety of wild Maremma animal and plant life, we reach a typical Maremma farm in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Monday:
In the morning we ride along the typically cultivated agriculture area, passing by olive groves and vineyards. Before you can catch the first breath of ocean air we have to climb up the last hills. Over old trade trails that go through cork oak and Mediterranean bushlands we move closer to the coast.

Day 4 Tuesday:
A gallop along white sand beaches, a refreshing bath in the ocean - on this day you will experience the sea. Mediterranean plant life, steep rocky shores and romantic sandy coves as far as the eye can see. After a picnic in an idyllic nature park near Follonica, you can devote yourself to the beach, with or without your horse.

Day 5 Wednesday:
A day of rest for the horses gives you the possibility to follow your own plans. We will also be glad to coordinate an excursion with the other guests.

Day 6 Thursday:
We will cross over to Massa Marittima. A trot along the grey-green shimmering olive groves, a gallop through endless cypress rows? These are pictures of Tuscany you will never forget.

Day 7 Friday:
After a difficult climb and one last look at the sea we enjoy the cool shadows of the chestnut forests on the way back to the hotel.

Day 8 Saturday:
After a last breakfast at the hotel we will say our fond farewells and depart.

Maremma Trail:
Day 1 Saturday
Arrive by car or transfer from the train station or airport. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy your first meal in the restaurant.

Day 2 Sunday:
Full day ride "Hot spring earea Galleraie" (see above for description).

Day 3 Monday:
A light day ride to to Lagoni, a hot springs area. The landscape loses its wildness to more charming agricultural developments typical of centuries of occupation - picture-book Tuscany. We pass by abandoned farm houses, cross fields and small rivers until we leave the horses overnight close to the village of Chiudino.

Day 4 Tuesday:
Ride from Chiudino to a well-known cultural monument in Tuscany - the abbey ruins of San Galgano. This cloister built in the 13th. century used to be the cultural and economic centre of the region. Once we have viewed the legendary walls of this historically-significant church, we gallop into wide open meadows and follow the legendary “Ancient path of the Maremma” until the castle “Luriano”.

Day 5 Wednesday:
The next morning we cross the beautiful grounds belonging to the Countess of Luriano and move on to the romantic riverbed of the Merse. Watch how the trout flash through the rushing water away from the hooves of the horses. Experience the soft beauty of the Maremma hills and after a steep climb, turn back to the hotel. 

Day 6 Thursday:
No riding today. Relax or discover the area on your own. We would also be glad to organise excursions to Massa Marittima, Siena or to the sea.

Day 7 Friday:
Full day ride: "Hill of Prata" (see above for description).

Day 8 Saturday:
Depart after breakfast, come again soon!

Please note the order of this ride is subject to change depending on local conditions.

Getting there:
For those who would like a transfer, the meeting point is Follonica Train Station. To get there it is an easy train journey from Pisa Centrale train station, taking around 1 hour 40 mins. If you are flying into Pisa Airport then you can get the PisaMover bus straight to the train station which runs every 10 minutes and takes around 8 minutes. The train from Pisa to Follonica runs approximately hourly, please see the Trenitalia website for more information.
Transfers 2017: €60 per person each way for early morning/late night transfers (outside 8am-6pm) from Follonica. Please note the last train from Pisa to Follonica is at 19:45. Pisa or Florence Airport transfers for €80 each way for holidays taken in August, September or October. Please note this only applies between the hours of 8am to 6pm.

Children:
The minimum riding age for children is 6 years old and it is recommended that children are booked onto the Discovery Week with lessons. If the child is classed as a 'good' rider by the instructor then they may be able to take part in half-day trail rides but parents must take full responsibility. This is discussed and arranged on-site. For purposes of pricing, a 'riding' child is classed as 6-14 years old and a discounted price may only be charged for a child when they are sharing a bedroom with 2 full-paying adults.

Meals:
All holidays are booked on a half-board basis. Guests may choose whether they include a lunch or dinner.

Non-riding activities:

Self-guided walking and hiking tours:
You will find an extended and well marked network of hiking trails beginning directly in front of the hotel. The hiking tours offer fantastic views and lead along gravel roads or small trails up to 1000m above sea level. On the trails, you will hardly meet anybody except for wild boar, deer or other animals. Most tours are of an intermediate level. Waterproof hiking shoes are recommended for crossing small rivers.

Please find below a list of possible tours. We will give you good maps and will also explain the tours to you personally.
• Round trip tour around the “Poggio of Montieri”: (10 km, height 200 meters)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the top of the Poggio di Montieri”, 1051 m: (4 km, height 400 meters)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Gerfalco: 12 km, height 300 meters)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Travale: 14 km, height 300 meters)
• Round trip tour from Gerfalco to the Top of the Cornate (1060 m, natural park): 8 km, height 400 meters)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Montieri: 3 km, height 100 meters)

Guided excursions and treks
You will discover an untouched and “wild“ region of Maremma Tuscany. The territory has always been criss-crossed by a dense network of country lanes and pathways that in the past were vital communication routes between the urban centres and places of work and trade. The abandonment of agriculture and the closure of the mines have led to an inexorable loss of pathways. For many years the tracks have been covered by thick vegetation. It is only during recent years that several of them have been cleared and an extended network of trails has been created for hikers.
Most of the treks follow easy to walk trails, some on gravel roads, some through thick vegetation and some over fields and through woods without proper paths. We recommend waterproof trekking shoes for crossing small rivers. On most tours you can also participate only half way. This flexibility makes the treks suitable for all hikers, including those with minimum fitness. You will be guided by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, who holds a recognised qualification from the Tuscany Government.

Please click here for an example of a guided week itinerary.

Self-guided mountain bike tours:
Here in the Alta Maremma you will find wonderful views, interesting uphills and grazing downhills. The beautiful rugged landscape guarantees pure mountain bike pleasure! Consider the following tours (about 5 hours daily, from easy to difficult) as proposals! The trails – far away from the few asphalted streets – can be changed, shortened and enlarged. Four tours start and finish at the hotel. On these days you have the possibility to meet the riders and hikers for a picnic at lunch time. If you would like to spend a bike-free afternoon, you can go back to the hotel with the picnic bus.
Come with your own bike or rent one of our mountain bikes! You will find at your disposal a room for bicycles, a washing place and help is always at hand for small repairs.

Please click here for an example itinerary.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There are 20 Maremma and Maremma X horses of various sizes available for riding. They range from small, large, quiet and playful. They are all sturdy, reliable and experienced horses; indeed, the overall will for this breed of horse to survive in the earlier wilderness of the Maremma has resulted in a strong, warm-blooded race who are ideal trail horses. To this day, at the hotel the horses are bred and raised together in the meadows of the Maremma. Friendships and an organised hierarchy mark the life of the horses and as a result develop strong, quiet characters through the security of the herd. The horses are all ridden in English style in English or trail saddles and with a loose rein. The pace of riding is steady with well controlled canters and trots through gently rolling countryside with secure footing. The stables are approximately 300m from the hotel and facilities include an outdoor menage for teaching. The riding instructors and guides all speak English.


Rider requirements

All abilities can be catered for here; from beginner riders looking to learn how to ride in a beautiful setting to experienced riders who would like to explore the rolling Italian countryside.

The minimum age for riding is 6 years old. Children (6-14 years old) should book the Discovery Week with lessons and if the instructor feels that the child is ready, they may be able to take part in half-day trail rides. This is at the full responsibility of the parents/carers. Such decisions will be organised on-site.

The maximum weight for this ride is 120kg/18.8 stone on request. The decision is taken pre-booking and depends on the workload of the horses, the ability of the rider and the chosen programme.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 19 st/264 lb/120 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The hotel is situated in a peaceful and panoramic position within a large property surrounded by meadows and woods. Close-by (10 minutes walk) is the medieval village of Montieri. Enjoy the warm, rustic atmosphere of a Tuscan house: wodden-beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, red stone walls and terracotta statues complete the picture of this little gem.

There are 24 bedrooms (14 bedrooms in the main building and 10 in the annex near the swimming pool), a restaurant, a small meeting room, a bar and a large living room area with beautiful views and large TV. WiFi connection and internet points are available for free. The bedrooms have the same commodities as that of a good 3 star hotel and are furnished in a simple and comfortable style. All of the bedrooms have a shower, toilet, telephone, TV, security safe and electric kettle for boiling water for coffee and tea. Many of the large double bedrooms offer the possibility to add one or two more beds for extra adults or children. Some bedrooms are connected and are particularly suitable for large families. Please note that child prices are valid for children sharing a room with an adult. Infants under 2 years old are free of charge when sharing with adults but please be aware that you must provide your own travel cot. There are a few single rooms which can be booked for no single supplement but please note these are very small with not much free floor space. Should you require a larger room (often good to have with riding boots/chaps/helmet etc) it is advisable to book a double for single use and pay the modest supplement.

The garden is perfect for a drink while watching the sunset over panoramic views. Beneath this is a swimming pool and heated jacuzzi spa and table tennis area as well as covered and uncovered car parks. The swimming pool is open from mid-March to mid-September but you can relax body and mind in the heated jacuzzi all season long! The hot water provides al feeling of wellbeing that you need after a long day of sightseeing, excursions, horse riding, hiking or mountain biking in Tuscany.   

The Tuscan-styled food is based on simple and genuine dishes. Amongst the specialities are: Tuscan Soup with beans, pappardelle pasta with a venison meat sauce, risotto with leeks and walnuts, Maremman tortelli, a chickpea cream soup and wild porcini mushrooms, braised meat in red wine, steamed wild boar, sliced meat with rocket salad and grana cheese and many more.

It is also important of course to try some of the most famous wines of the region: Morellino from Scansano, Montereggio from Massa Marittima or the wines from the Chianti area. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Dinner is a 3 course meal where you can choose from 2 dishes, one of which is vegetarian or you may choose “a la carte” dishes.

Holidays are booked on a half-board basis and guests can choose to have breakfast and either lunch or dinner, The dinner is served in the restaurant, the lunch consists of a 3 course picnic seated at a table at the start/finish of your riding (if doing a half day) or in the middle of the day if doing full day rides. The picnics all take place in a beautiful Maremman location and include wine and coffee. These picnics are not to be missed - they are very social and enjoyed by the horse-riders, cyclists, hikers alike. Breakfast is served as a continental style buffet daily. During the day you can purchase small snacks at the bar.

Nearby in the village of Montieri (approximately 10 minutes' walk) you can find several small restaurants and bars.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

Visa are not required for U.K. or other European nationals. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on travel insurance, passport and visas issues and emergency issues. They can be reached on 0207 008 0232/0233 or at www.fco.gov.uk.

The British Embassy can be found at Via XX Settembre 80a, I-00187 Roma RM. Tel: + (39) 06 4220 0001. Email: consularrome@fco.gov.uk.

The Italian Embassy in the U.K can be found at 14 Three Kings Yard, Davies Street, London W1K 4EH. Telephone: (020) 7312 2200. Email: ambasciata.londra@esteri.it.

Climate Summary

The hotel lies at 750m above sea level meaning that guests can enjoy a year-round pleasant climate, even through the summer months. The spring months bring the wild flowers and autumn is equally as beautifully with the changing colour of the landscape.

Climate Chart

Health

We advise taking plenty of sunscreen!

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

Electricity

Voltage is the same as in the UK and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

Film and Camera Equipment

Cameras and phones can be charged every night. There is free Wifi for guests and good mobile phone signal.

Packing List

Riding trousers/jodhpurs
Riding boots, paddock boots or riding trainers (with heel) that are comfortable to walk in.
Hard hat (it is recommended to bring your own if you have one as this is always the best fit, a selection is available on site)
Half chaps (optional)
Riding gloves (optional)
Sun block
Sunglasses
Lip-balm with sunscreen
Personal toiletries
Insect repellent spray/cream
Binoculars (recommended)
Camera
T-shirts and shorts
Lightweight long sleeved shirts
Heavy sweater or sweatshirt
Informal/casual wear for evenings
Lightweight rainwear
Copy of passport
All terrain sandals

Wearing a waist pouch is a handy method for keeping items such as camera and lip-balm readily accessible.

Travel cot if travelling with a child under 2 years old

Programmes

This is an 8d/7n programme available throughout the year. Saturday arrival for the Discovery and Star Rides booked online and for the trail rides. Discovery and Star Rides can be arranged for any start date through one of our consultants.

Departure Dates

2019 Discovery week/Star rides: Saturdays from 12 Apr to 31 Oct (High Season: 3 to 23 Aug. Mid Season: 20 to 26 Apr, 25 May to 2 Aug and 24 Aug to 6 Sept. Low Season: 12 to 19 Apr, 27 April to 24 May and 7 Sept to 31 Oct).
2019 Trail to the Sea: 28 Sept; 12 Oct.
2019 Maremma Trail: 4, 11, 18 May; 14, 21 Sept.

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.

Child prices available - speak to a consultant

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week649
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider435
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day649
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider435
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day859
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider435
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week699
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider489
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day699
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider489
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day909
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail955
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement119
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing435
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week749
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement169
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider539
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day749
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement169
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider539
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day959
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement169
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider539
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea955
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement119
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing435
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week705
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day705
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day929
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week759
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider529
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day759
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider529
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day989
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail1,035
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement129
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing475
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week809
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider585
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day809
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider585
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,039
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider585
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea1,035
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement129
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing475
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week835
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider565
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day835
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider565
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,109
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider565
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week905
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider635
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day905
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider635
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,175
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail1,229
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing565
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week965
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement219
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider695
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day965
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement219
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider695
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,239
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement219
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider695
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea1,229
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement155
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing565
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week7,535
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,409
2019 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,079
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day7,535
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,409
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,079
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day9,989
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,409
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,079
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week8,159
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,639
2019 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider5,705
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day8,159
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,639
2019 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider5,705
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day10,615
2019 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,639
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail11,105
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement1,409
2019 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing5,079
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week8,705
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement1,955
2019 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider6,249
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day8,705
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement1,955
2019 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider6,249
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day11,159
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement1,955
2019 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider6,249
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea11,105
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement1,409
2019 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing5,079
Recommended Reading

Lisa St Aubyn de Teram ‘A House In Italy’, E.M Forster ‘A Room With A View’, HV Morton ‘A Traveller in Italy’ and anything by Italo Calvino. For the equestrian traveller who would like to see what is possible on horseback visit www.thelongridersguild.com, also a fantastic place to acquire your equestrian travel books is www.horsetravelbooks.com

Other Activities

There is plenty for non-riders to do including guided and self-guided hiking, self-guided mountain biking and of course exploring the local area. Non-riders can join riders for the lunchtime picnics if they wish. Quad biking and motorbiking can also be arranged. The hotel will happily take groups of guests to see places such as Marsiliana - the Ministry of Agriculture farm where Maremma horses are raised, or one of the many other sights in the area. In the summer months you can test your balance in a canoe on the Lago dell' Accesa and swim in the sea.
You may also choose to hire a car to get around and visit the local area - nearby is Follonica nature reserve with deserted powder-white beaches which are great for a rest after day-long visits to Roman churches, abbeys, nobles' estates, archeological sites and museums. Other historic and very beautiful places that can be visited during your stay are famous towns of Florence, Volterra, Pisa, Massa Marittima, San Gimignano and Siena.

Hiking and mountain biking sample itineraries can be supplied upon request; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Wildlife

An abundance of flora and fauna can be seen in the surrounding Tuscan countryside. From thick native oak and chestnut forests to the evergreen plant of the Mediterranean "Macchia" bursting with wild flowers. Experience the typical Tuscan scenery of olive groves, vineyards, pines and cypresses. Depending on the time of day you may see wild boar, deer, porcupines, rabbits and badgers. Birdlife includes buzzards and goshawks. Even wolves have been sighted on the hotel's video surveillance cameras!

Other Country Information

Italy forms a peninsula in Southern Europe extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, Elba and about 70 other smaller islands. It is mostly mountainous, though between the Apennines (which form the spine of Italy) and the eastern coastline there are the fertile plains of Emilia-Romagna in the north and of Puglia in the south. The Alps in the north divide Italy from France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

The Roman Empire was once the most powerful in the world, covering Europe and extending into modern day Asia. Their horsemanship skills second only to the Mongols further east. The incredibly cultured and refined Roman culture still leaves its mark across Europe and has been the foundation for countless artistic movements, including the Renaissance, through cities such as Florence and the medieval university city of Bologna.

Italians are understandably proud of their heritage and are renowned as people of great taste and as having an eye for the aesthetic. Their architecture and fashion leave most of the world in their shadow, appearance is very important to them and the majority of Italians will never leave the house without ensuring they are impeccably and elegantly attired.

Italian food, from pizza to pasta, has been commandeered by the rest of the world but you will never taste a better pizza anywhere else. As with the rest of mainland Europe meals are eaten late with plenty of wine and preferably al fresco.

Italy is one hour ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. (There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram).

The international dialling code is +39.

Important information regarding rail travel:
Visitors are often caught unawares by train and transport systems requiring validation. Tickets bought in Italy for Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains are not marked for any particular time or train and become valid only when time-stamped at a validation machine. Without this validation, train operators assume the rider is trying to fare dodge, since the ticket could be reused. So validation is absolutely essential before boarding, and there are small boxes in the station or near the platform. After being time-stamped, the ticket is valid for the amount of time shown on the ticket.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Follonica train station. Please see below for more information.
Transfer:
2019: €30 per person each way from Follonica train station 8am-6pm, an easy 1 hour train ride from Pisa Airport. Supplement of 40 % for night transfers (7 pm to 8 am). It is also possible to fly to Rome and get a train to Follonica (approx. 3 hrs).
Flight Guide:
London to Pisa (PSA) return from £80
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