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

Based at a small family-run hotel on the slopes of Poggio di Montieri situated between Siena and the Mediterranean coast. The hosts have over 40 years experience in providing mountain biking, riding and hiking tours. 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. These sure-footed and steady Maremma horses take riders safely on an adventure through this beautiful region.

Non-riding activities include self-guided hiking tours and mountain bike tours and other activities are available  Relax around the large swimming pool, complete with sun loungers and hydrotherapy Jacuzzi, perfect for massaging those riding muscles after a day in the saddle.

Rides out each day stop at a scenic picnic site. Riders wanting to ride only in the afternoon arrive by mini bus. This allows everyone to enjoy a picnic together, and those wanting to ride only in the morning can get a lift back to the hotel in the mini bus.

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 RK of Bristol on 29/10/2022

Ride Summary
It was really wonderful and a really special time with my daughter.
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Additional Comments
Both Kaia and Fiona were amazing and very patient too.
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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, beginners and novices will be comfortable with the important fundamentals of trail riding after the 10 hours in the saddle included in this package. As soon as riders feel relaxed and confident to step out of the ring, they are ready for their first trip out. New riders quickly learn to trust the quiet, balanced temperament of the Maremma horses. This ideal combination of riding lessons and outings is individually structured for each guest. Each evening, the riding instructor will discuss the next day's lesson. Please note there is no riding on one day of the week, making a total of 5 riding days. Guests can arrive on any day of the week for this programme

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; and riders can book for either half-day rides (2-3 hours in the saddle) or full-day (4-5 hours in the saddle) rides. Extra riding can be booked and paid for on-site. For example; if guests have booked the full-day ride package, then they will simply return to the stable with their horse in the evening. If a two-hour ride is preferred, then after the midday picnic, riders can change their horse for a seat in the bus that will drive them back to the hotel. The 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 guests 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 riders 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 leads 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 to the hotel Galleraie, where riders visit ruins of antique baths dating back to the Etruscans. In the afternoon, enjoy 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” guests can enjoy a wonderful view to the sea and to the island of Elba. A full-course picnic awaits near the mining village of Prata.
BOCCHEGGIANO: Ride to the old pyrite (fool's gold) mines of this village. The number of mines no longer functioning is an indication of how successful the region once was. 
CHIUSDINO: This day ride leads 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. Ride through the clear 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 a picnic there is the possibility to visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano, with its 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 the the trail ends in the evening, while rides return to 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 the accommodation and enjoy an evening meal with fellow riders

Day 2 Sunday: Heading towards the coast, enjoy an adventurous ride through the thick, unspoiled Macchia with an astonishing variety of wild Maremma animals and plant life, before reaching a typical Maremma farm in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Monday: In the morning the ride leads through a typically cultivated agricultural area, passing by olive groves and vineyards. Catch the first breath of ocean air as the route climbs up the last hills. Ride on old trade trails that lead through Cork Oak and Mediterranean bushlands on the way to the coast.

Day 4 Tuesday: Today riders experience the sea with a gallop along white sandy beaches and a refreshing dip in the ocean. Luxurate in the Mediterranean plant life, steep rocky shores and romantic sandy coves that stretch as far as the eye can see. After a picnic in an idyllic nature park near Follonica,riders can enjoy the beach, with or without the horses.

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

Day 6 Thursday: Cross over to Massa Marittima for a trot along the grey-green shimmering olive groves or a gallop through endless cypress rows. These form the lasting memories that Tuscany is known for.

Day 7 Friday: After a difficult climb and one last look at the sea, riders 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 say fond farewells and depart.

Maremma Trail:
Day 1 Saturday: Arrive and transfer from the train station or airport. Settle into the accommodation and enjoy an evening meal with fellow riders

Day 2 Sunday: Full day ride "Hot spring area 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. Pass by abandoned farm houses, across fields and small rivers. 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 was built in the 13th. century and used to be the cultural and economic centre of the region. Once the tour ends, gallop into wide open meadows and follow the legendary “Ancient path of the Maremma” until the castle “Luriano”.

Day 5 Wednesday: 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. Riders are free to relax or discover the area. 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.

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

Getting there:
The transfer meeting point is Follonica Train Station. It is an easy 1hr40m train journey from Pisa Centrale train station. If arriving at Pisa Airport, get the PisaMover bus to the train station. Iruns 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 2023  €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 might be available at extra cost (please enquire) 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:
There is 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, one hardly meets 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 metres)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the top of the Poggio di Montieri”, 1051 m: (4 km, height 400 metres)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Gerfalco: 12 km, height 300 metres)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Travale: 14 km, height 300 metres)
• Round trip tour from Gerfalco to the Top of the Cornate (1060m, natural park): 8 km, height 400 metres)
• Round trip tour from the hotel to the village of Montieri: 3 km, height 100 metres)

Guided excursions and treks
Discover an untouched and “wild“ region of Maremma Tuscany. The territory is 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:
There are wonderful views in the Alta Maremma where cyclists find interesting uphills and exhillerating downhills. The beautiful rugged landscape guarantees pure mountain bike pleasure! Consider the following tours (about 5 hours daily, from easy to difficult). The trails can be changed, shortened or lengthened. Four tours start and finish at the hotel. On these days, cyclists have the possibility to meet the riders and hikers for a picnic at lunch time. Cyclists wanting to spend a bike-free afternoon, can go back to the hotel with the picnic bus. There are bikes for rent but guests can bring their own. There is a specially allocated room for bicycles with a washing place and help with small repairs (if needed).
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. The overall will of this breed to survive in the wilderness of the Maremma has resulted in a strong, warm-blooded horse that makes ideal trail companion. 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 264 lb/120 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The hotel is situated in a peaceful and scenic location 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 with wooden-beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, red stone walls and terracotta statues completing 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 have 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.  There is a swimming pool and table tennis area as well as covered and uncovered car parks. The swimming pool is open from mid-May to mid-September. The hot water provides a welcome 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 dishes. Among the specialties 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 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 happen in scenic Maremman locations 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.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

Passport and Visa 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 should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Italy.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/italy

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

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Italy and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

Please take along sun cream and anti-allergy medicine for possible insect bites

Electricity

In Italy the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.

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

2023 Discovery week/Star rides: Saturdays from May 26 to Oct 31 (High Season: Jul 16 - Sept 15 and 2-3 Jun. Mid Season: May 26 - Jul 15 (except 2-3 Jun). Low Season: Sept 16 - Oct 31).
2023 Trail to the Sea: 1 Oct.
2023 Maremma Trail: 23 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 £
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day985
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider515
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day759
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider515
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week759
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider515
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day805
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement165
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider559
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,029
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement165
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider559
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week805
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement165
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider559
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day899
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider429
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day675
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider429
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week675
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider429
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail1,039
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement119
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing429
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea1,039
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement119
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing429
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,089
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider569
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day839
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider569
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week839
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement155
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider569
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day889
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider619
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,139
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider619
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week889
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement185
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider619
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day995
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day745
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week745
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement129
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider475
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail1,149
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement129
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing475
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea1,149
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement129
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing475
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,249
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement175
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider655
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day965
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement175
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider655
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week965
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement175
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider655
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day1,019
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement209
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider709
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,309
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement209
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider709
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week1,019
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement209
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider709
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day1,139
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement149
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider545
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day855
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement149
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider545
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week855
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement149
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider545
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail1,319
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement149
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing545
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea1,319
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement149
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing545
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day12,479
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,755
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider6,515
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day9,615
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,755
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider6,515
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week9,615
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5single supplement1,755
2023 Discovery Week Mid Season8d/7n5non-rider6,515
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half-day10,199
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement2,089
2023 Star Rides (half-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider7,099
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day13,065
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5single supplement2,089
2023 Star Rides (full-day) High Season8d/7n5non-rider7,099
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week10,199
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5single supplement2,089
2023 Discovery Week High Season8d/7n5non-rider7,099
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides full day11,395
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,505
2023 Star Rides (full-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,429
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Star Rides half day8,529
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,505
2023 Star Rides (half-day) Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,429
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5double pp - Discovery Week8,529
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,505
2023 Discovery Week Low Season8d/7n5non-rider5,429
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5double pp - Maremma Trail13,185
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5single supplement1,505
2023 Maremma Trail8d/7n5non-rider sharing5,429
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5double pp - Trail to the Sea13,185
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5single supplement1,505
2023 Trail to the Sea8d/7n5non-rider sharing5,429
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:
2023: €60 per person each way from Follonica train station between 8am-6pm, an easy 1 hour train ride from Pisa Airport. Extra charge for night transfers (7pm to 8am). 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 £45pp ret
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