Horse Riding Holidays in ITALY

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Riding in Tuscany
from $2,795
Summary:
Top class horses, luxuriously renovated traditional accommodation and the best of Italian cooking, warmth and hospitality make for an unforgettable experience.
Departure Dates:
  • 2018: 18 Mar; 30* Jun; 12* Aug; 16 Sept; 7 Oct (FULL) (*denotes Palio Week). Other dates available on request.
  • Trip Length: 7d/6n/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hrs
  • Meeting point: Sienna railway station at 18:30
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be riding fit and able to walk, trot and canter. Minimum age 15
  • Usual Group Size: 2 to 8 (not including non riders)
  • Transfer: 2018: Included from Sienna railway station at 18:30.
    Arranged on request from Rome (€420), Bologna (€350) or Pisa (€300) airport, or Sienna outside of set time (€100). Price is for 8-seater mini-bus and driver. Payable on site.
Italy Cefalu to Etna Trail
from $1,889
Summary:
A wonderful trail for strong intermediate riders wanting to discover the ancient culture and history of this island. Ride through 4 national parks finishing at the lip of a live volcano.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 4 May; 8 June; 31 August; 12 October
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours or more
  • Meeting point: Palermo Airport (PMO)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate plus
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: 2019 From Palermo airport €100 per car, please arrive before 17:00. To Catania at the end of ride included. To Palermo at the end of ride €300. Transfers payable on site
Italy Coast to Coast Trail
from $1,889
Summary:
The Coast to Coast Trail is an exciting adventure for experienced riders which allows you to travel all the way from the north of Sicily to Agrigento on the south coast.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 25 May; 22 June; 21 September; 26 November.
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Cefalu or Castelbuono bus or train station
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be comfortable at all paces and good fitness is required
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: Included from Cefalu or Castelbuono bus or train station. If you prefer, we can organise transfer from/to Palermo or Catania - see notes below itinerary.
Rounding up cattle with the Butteri
from $1,675
Summary:
Guest house trail from Maremma to ride with the Butteri doing traditional cattle work. Comfortable accommodation, fantastic horses ridden in Western tack and exceptional food and wine await you.
Departure Dates:
  • 2018: 20, 27 October - Country House
  • 2019: 27 April; 4 May - Camping
  • 2019: 12, 19 October - Guest house
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights (6 days of riding)
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 - 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Chiusi Train Station, Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Experienced riders only
  • Usual Group Size: 2017: 4-8
  • Transfer:
Riding through Etruscan road
from $1,675
Summary:
Enjoy a trail through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with well organised camps or Agrotourism B&Bs along the way. Excellent horses ridden in Western tack and exceptional food and wine await you.
Departure Dates:
  • 2018: 21 Jul; 18 Aug; 29 Sept; 6 Oct
  • 2019: 25 May; 20 Jul; 17 Aug; 14 Sept.
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 - 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Chiusi Train Station, Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 4 - 8
  • Transfer: 2017: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports (€250, approx. 2.5 hours) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station (€35, approx. 1 hour) - set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge)
    2018: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports (€250, approx. 2.5 hours) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station (€35, approx. 1 hour) - set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge)
Dressage riding
from $1,135
Summary:

Situated in a peaceful, picturesque valley in the heart of Chianti and within easy reach of Florence, this holiday combines riding through classical Tuscan countryside with empathetic instruction and offers riding for all levels of rider from beginner onwards at their own level.

Accommodation is in an 18th century country villa featuring terra-cotta floors, wooden beamed roofs and arched ceilings and a swimming pool with glorious panoramic view over the Tuscan hills.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Saturdays from 16 March to 10 November; 26 December to 6 January (high season is 24 March to 3 November and Christmas weeks)
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
    Shorter breaks are also available on request
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2 - 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Florence Airport, Florence Station or Pisa Airport (PSA)
  • Riding Ability Required: None, from beginner onwards
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 4 or 5 riders per lesson
  • Transfer: 2018: from €80 each way per car. See itinerary for more details.
Summary:
Small family based hotel with many non riding activities at your doorstep. Offers lessons, based stays, star rides and 2 trails, all returning to same accommodation each night.
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.
  • Trip Length: 8d / 7n / 5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: Discovery Week: 1-3 hours
    Star Rides half days: 2-3 hours
    Star Rides full days: 4-5 hours
    Trails: 4-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Follonica train station. Please see below for more information.
  • Riding Ability Required: Discovery Week: beginner onwards
    Star Rides: intermediate and experienced riders
    Trails: intermediate and experienced riders
  • Usual Group Size: Discovery and Star Rides: 1-10
    Trails: 6-10
  • 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).
Summary:
Great riding for all abilities and lots for non-riders at this enchanting 17th century castle; immerse yourself in the peaceful Italian countryside and stay in the carefully restored farmhouse. There are lessons available as well as riding with an onsite spa for relaxing treatments to help you recover. 
Departure Dates:
  • 2018: New Year special 28 Dec - 2 Jan
  • 2019: from 1 March to 6 November. Week-long programmes start on Saturdays, weekend programmes start on Thursdays, mid-week programmes start on Sundays (High Season 18 Jun to 16 Sept). This can be flexible - please ask your travel advisor.
  • Trip Length: From 3 nights/3 days riding to 7 nights/6 days riding. Please see sample itineraries for more information.
  • Approximate riding time per day: From 2-6 hours depending on the itinerary chosen.
  • Meeting point: Orvieto train station, Rome Termini train station, Rome Ciampino or Fuimicino Airports
  • Riding Ability Required: From beginner onwards, depending on the itinerary. Intermediate onwards for full day and Medieval Castles Ride.
  • Usual Group Size: Castle Programmes: 1-10
    Medieval Castle Ride: 4-10
  • Transfer: 2018/9: Return car transfer per car from €40pp payable onsite. See Itinerary for more detail.
Riding jumping
from $1,485
Summary:
A special Show Jumping tuition and trail riding combination at an excellent riding centre in Umbria with lessons by a trained FISE instructor teaching show jumping and dressage.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 23 Mar; 20 Apr; 4 May; 15 Jun; 13* Jul; 3*, 24* Aug; 7, 28 Sept; 19 Oct (* denotes high season).
  • Other dates on request for groups of 2 or more.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-6 hours, optional rest day
  • Meeting point: Rome, Spoleto or Perugia train stations
  • Riding Ability Required: all levels catered for, minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 2-6
  • Transfer: 2019: included from Spoleto train station. This is an easy 2 hour train trip from Rome. Transfer time from Spoleto is approximately 15 minutes.

    Car transfer from Perugia is €100 per car each way for 1-4 people. Car transfer from Rome is €200 per car each way for 1-4 people. Car rental is also an option
Italy Sicily Stationary Programme
from $1,665
Summary:
A residential week combining scenic riding with the discovery of an area surprisingly rich in nature, history, culture and culinary wealth.
Departure Dates:
  • All year round Saturday to Saturday.
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Palermo or Catania Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Novice and above
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: From/to Palermo: included for week-long stays
    From/to Catania: €150 each way
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