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Enjoy a relaxing and flexible horse riding holiday with a mixture of tuition and riding out, based at a 17th century castle. Accommodation is in the beautifully restored farmhouse with horses freely grazing within the 100 hectares of castle grounds.

This holiday takes places in the enchanting rural, agricultural area between Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The countryside is largely uninhabited with rolling hills, an abundance of wild flowers, tranquil nature and a host of history all around with castles and archaeological sites framing the views.

Let the experienced guides lead you on daily adventures into the countryside aboard happy and well-loved horses. Choose which length of stay or interest bests suits your needs - full-board, half-board and a variety of programmes. Lessons are available for all levels: general riding, dressage and jumping and there is a cross country course on site. Facilities also include 2 outdoor arenas, show jumps, a lunging ring. 
Trail riding is offered for more experienced riders in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The terrain is hilly with many open places for long trot and canters.

Non-riders will be more than happy too, with plenty to do on-site such as swimming, spa facilities, biking, tennis, volleyball and ping-pong. Off-site there is so much to explore: wine tasting, historical sites, the coast only 45 minutes away or the closer and very beautiful, Lake Bolsena with swimming and boat trips.

Accommodation in the carefully restored farmhouse is in double or twin rooms with private en-suite bathrooms or apartments for groups of friends/families. All rooms feature original pieces and the delicious fresh Italian cuisine can be sampled in the restaurant. 

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 FH of moreton in marsh on 02/09/2018

Ride Summary

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I didn’t ask about plants or environment but lovely open friendly people and I’m sure they would have enlightened me had I asked !
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I booked this for my daughter and not myself so she would have loved it
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Just regular nose to tail in very well behaved horses
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Check-in is available from 2pm to 5:30pm and check out is by 10am. If you wish to arrive or depart outside of these hours please contact us and alternative arrangements can be made.

Week Long Stay
This includes 7 nights full or half-board with 5 days riding. This holiday is suitable for all level of riders, with a flexible programme of trails and lessons available for beginner and novice riders. There is 1 full day ride of 4-5 hours and 5 half day rides of 2-3 hours. The half day rides can be substituted for one hour lesson as wished and, subject to availability, 2 half days can be combined to do a full day ride. There are many trail rides in all directions and 4 different full day rides. Beautiful nature abundant with history, with castles and archaeological sites frame the sweeping views.

Long Weekend
3 nights full or half-board with 3 days riding. This is a flexible package of trail rides or lessons - for example, for intermediate and advanced riders: 1 full day (4-5 hours) and 2 half days (2-3 hours) or for beginners and novices: 3 lessons + 2 half days riding.

Ride, Wine & Spa
7 nights full or half-board with 4 days riding. This is a flexible package of trail rides or lessons - for example, for intermediate and advanced riders: 1 full day (4-5 hours) and 2 half days (2-3 hours) for beginners 10 hours riding split over Lessons and easy trails. 2 massages and 1 day wine tasting (transfer to Famous Fattoria Aldobandescan Antinori in Tuscany included) 

Mid-Week Stay
4 nights full or half-board with 4 days riding. This is a flexible package of trail rides or lessons - for example, for intermediate and advanced riders: 1 full day (4-5 hours) and 3 half days (2-3 hours) or for beginners and novices: 4 lessons + 2 half days riding.

Non rider prices available on request.

Medieval Castles Ride
The special Medieval Castles trail takes you on a week-long tour of the region, staying over at three different castles along the way. Visit lakes set in the craters of extinct volcanoes, fortresses in Tufo town and cross the Amiata mountains on this impressive trail. Please click here to view the trail webpage.

Please note that full-day rides last 4-5 hours and may involve long trots and canters over undulating ground. Half-day rides are shorter but may still include faster riding and hilly terrain. Riders should have the experience and fitness to cope with this. If you have any concerns about this please talk to the team before your holiday or on arrival at the castle. Additional lessons and relaxed trails can be arranged as an alternative as long as prior notice is given, subject to availability. There will be a charge to collect any rider that cannot manage the full ride (excluding in emergency).

Transfers 2018/19
From Orvieto train station 1pax €90, 2-3pax €120, 4 pax €140 (around 40 minutes); from Ciampino or Fuimicino airport 1pax €200, 2-3pax €230, 4pax €250 (1.5-2 hours). Transfers payable on site. There will be a €20 supplement for any transfers before 8am and after 8pm. All transfers payable onsite.

Other Activities (Non Riding)
There are so many activities and thing to do both onsite and in the local area that a car rental is highly recommended to let you take advantage of all the possibilities should you wish to explore.

On site and included in price: swimming pool, football field, trampoline, volleyball, ping pong table, pool table

On site but not included in price: Tennis Court (€10/hr in 2018), Bicycle (€15/day in 2018), Spa treatments (from €40, please ask to see the spa menu). Guided bicycle can be booked for €65 including bike rental with an experienced cycle guide. Guided trekking can also be arranged on request.

Off site and not included unless stated in programme (transfers available, fees apply):

  • Thermal hot springs at Sorano
  • Wine tasting (€30pp in 2018)
  • Lake Bolsena 9km away: boat trips or sunset cruise and many water activities: canoe rental, windsurfing, swimming
  • Golf 10km away par 3, 9 hole golf club
  • Visit local highlights - within 30min
    Civita di Bagnoreggio: the dying town. On a peninsula connected to land by a long bridge, Civita is holding onto a hill of volcanic rock that is slowly eroding. This incredible town has remained frozen in time since the middle ages.
    Orvieto: see the famous Duomo and the old town centre
    Pitgliano, Sorano, Sovana, Tuscania, Acquapendente
  • Visit local highlights - within 30min
    Viterbo, Bomarzo, Vico Lake, Vulci, Tarquinia, Capabio, Pienza, Saturnia Spa, the seaside with PADI scuba diving
  • Rome is 1 hr 45 min away, Siena is 1 hr and 15 min away, Firenze is 2 hrs and 30 min away.

Car hire:
Many guests at the castle opt to hire a car to explore the surrounding area during their stay. Queues for car hire at the airports can often be very long and slow, so if you are interested in this you can arrange for a car through the castle. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred with your luggage to the castle, and then the driver will take you on to the local car hire centre to pick up your vehicle. This allows you to hire a smaller, cheaper car for local excursions. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like this option.

Price of car rental: €50 per day
What is included: Rental of car (Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge, SMART Fortwo Coupe, or Peugeot 108 1.0 VTI Allure), road fee, maximum 150kms per day, administration costs, VAT, collision damage waiver, theft protection
What is not included: Fuel, insurance, extra milage

 

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 currently 22 horses and ponies at the riding centre coming from a wide variety of breeds such as Italian Maremmano and Murgese, German and Dutch warmbloods, French, Anglo Arab, Thoroughbred and cross breeds. Thanks to the reasonably mild year-round climate, the horses get to live out in 100 hectares of green paddocks around the castle estate and it is obvious to see that they are happy and enjoy their work. They are treated as part of the family; your hosts are extremely proud of their horses.



Each horse is carefully selected according to their experience and to match the rider's ability. They are schooled throughout the year, well balanced and range from forward-going to calmer, confidence-givers and everything in-between! They are ridden in English style tack with snaffle bits.



At the riding centre there is are two large sand arenas. The ground is made of volcanic sand which is typical of the area. One arena is used mainly for flat work and is lit with floodlights while the other larger arena is used for show jumping. There is a lunging ring for lunge lessons. At the opposite side of the castle there is a 2,000m cross-country course with fixed wooden jumps around 90-100cm high and soft reliable ground.


All programmes are flexible and operated according to current situations - weather, availability, other activities etc. Therefore whether the riding takes place in the morning or afternoon will be decided on-site between guests and guides and subsequently a set itinerary for these programmes is not followed. 



Out on the trails riders may be required to walk beside their horse for around 10 minutes on certain rides, usually for steep or slippery ground. If you are not able to mount/unmounts easily these rides can be avoided. Riders are welcome to assist the guides/stable staff with the horses, such as grooming and tacking up/un-tacking but this is not required.

Rider requirements

This holiday is suitable for all abilities, from beginner to advanced riders. The based stays can be tailored to the riding ability, with lessons and gentle trail rides for beginners and trail rides for intermediate and advanced riders. Guests should have some physical fitness to be able to ride safely even if they are not experienced riders. Please note that riders can only ride out on trail rides if they are able to control their horse at walk, trot and canter.

Full-day rides last 4-5 hours and may involve long trots and canters over undulating ground. Half-day rides are shorter but may still include faster riding and hilly terrain. Riders should have the experience and fitness to cope with this. If you have any concerns about this please talk to the team before your holiday or on arrival at the castle. Additional lessons and relaxed trails can be arranged as an alternative as long as prior notice is given, subject to availability. There will be a charge to collect any rider that cannot manage the full ride (excluding in emergency).


There is a minimum age of 9 years old for lessons or 14 years old for trail riding depending on experience.

Please note it is mandatory for all riders to wear a riding hat - there is a selection of hats, boots and body protectors and half leg chaps available to borrow on-site but we recommend that you take your own. You MUST provide details of medical insurance to be able to ride.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 16 st/220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The tastefully restored farmhouse, situated directly below the castle, houses 14 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The bedrooms are furnished with original, antique pieces and are infused with the traditional rural style of the Italian countryside. Beautifully embellished with wooden trusses, these bedrooms, with elegant bathrooms, capture the fairytale atmosphere of Santa Cristina. In addition to the bedrooms there are also apartments and a cottage within the castle grounds. These are perfect for friends and families and have their own living rooms and kitchen (different costs may apply).  



The maximum capacity of the farmhouse and castle grounds is 42 people, however the maximum capacity for riders is 10 at any one time. Although more riding can be booked on site this is subject to availability and it is wise to book the riding programme beforehand to ensure availability at peak times. The rooms may be double or twin upon request. Wi-Fi is available free of charge at the reception, inside the breakfast room of the Castle and in the restaurant area.

On the ground floor of the house, opening onto the main terrace overlooking the pool, there is a large basement with vaulted brick which was once a stable block. This area is now a common area known as the Taverna and the space inside is divided into three main areas: a restaurant area, a billiards room and a living room with a ping pong table and piano. These areas are suitable for both children and adults alike and makes for a great meeting point for all guests. 



Outside there is a swimming pool (open from June 1st to September 30th) located just below the terrace measuring 16x6.5m. There are gazebo's and wooden sun loungers around the pool, as well as a smaller children's pool of 2x2m. In the grounds of the farmhouse guests will also find a mini football pitch, volleyball court and a tennis court, as well as pretty gardens with the horses grazing nearby. The riding arenas are approximately a 1 minute walk from the farmhouse.



Single supplements: if solo travellers are willing to share accommodation and a sharer can be found, the single supplement charge is not charged. If a sharer cannot be found then the single supplement is payable.


Meals:

There are two restaurant areas in and around the farmhouse. Breakfast is served buffet style in a large, charming room which was once the horse stables of the castle. The farm's products, such as eggs, jams and homemade cakes are available for breakfast to start a day full of energy.


Lunches and dinners are served in the restaurant of the riding club which is located below the main farmhouse. The cuisine produced at this restaurant is the result of the passion for traditional Italian cuisine with delicious dishes made with local products. The restaurant offers a set menu for each meal. The set menu for lunch consists of 3 courses with water, 1/4 bottle of wine per person and tea/coffee and for dinner, 4 courses with water, 1/4 bottle of wine per person and tea/coffee. 

During the winter season breakfast, lunch and dinner are served inside the cosy tavern at the ground floor of the main farmhouse. In summer you can dine on the terrace overlooking the pool under comfortable gazebo's.


Meal times:

Breakfast: 8am-10am

Lunch: 1pm-2pm

Dinner: 8pm-9pm


The nearest town is 3kms away from the castle and also offers a selection of good restaurants. Your hosts would be pleased to offer their recommendations.

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

Expect year-round good weather with a Mediterranean climate. Winters are reasonably mild whilst summers are usually hot and quite humid. Spring and autumn are popular times to visit with warm days and cooler nights.

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

Health (ride specific)

There are no specific health requirements for this ride but we do recommend a good mosquito repellent in the summer months. Please note that you MUST provide details of medical insurance to be allowed to ride.

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 mobile phones can be charged every night provided the correct adaptor has been purchased. Wi-Fi is available free of charge at the reception, inside the breakfast room of the Castle and in the restaurant area.

Packing List

Riding trousers/jodhpurs
Riding boots, paddock boots or riding trainers (with heel) that are comfortable to walk in (a small selection is available on-site)
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, a small selection is available on-site)
Riding gloves (optional)
T-shirts and shorts
Lightweight long sleeved shirts
Heavy sweater or sweatshirt
Informal/casual wear for evenings
Swimming wear
Lightweight rainwear
Sunblock
Sunglasses
Lip-balm with sunscreen
Personal toiletries
Insect repellent spray/cream
Binoculars (recommended)
Camera
Copy of passport

Items provided: towels, riding helmets, chaps, spare boots, water bottles, warm and rain/wind proof gear. Mosquito repellent and sunscreen is provided but we recommend that you take along your own supply too.

Programmes

The castle is open from March to November, minimum of 3 nights. Non riders are welcome, prices available on request.

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.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,149
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board975
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement94
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,139
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp half board939
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement94
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp full board669
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp half board579
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3single supplement41
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board785
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board715
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement54
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,235
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,089
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement94
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,295
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp half board1,099
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6single supplement94
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp full board759
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp half board669
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3single supplement41
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board849
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board759
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement54
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp full board1,469
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,259
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,125
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider half board915
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4single supplement125
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board845
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board725
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement72
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board499
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board379
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,289
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,085
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement125
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board875
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp half board665
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board915
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board799
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement96
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board569
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board455
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,415
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,209
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement169
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board999
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board789
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp full board1,595
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,385
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,249
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider half board8741,039
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4single supplement169
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,289
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,089
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement105
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,275
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp half board1,055
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement105
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp full board749
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp half board649
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3single supplement45
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board879
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board799
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement60
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,385
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,219
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement105
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,449
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp half board1,229
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6single supplement105
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp full board849
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp half board749
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3single supplement45
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board949
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board849
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement60
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp full board1,645
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,415
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,259
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider half board1,025
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4single supplement139
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board949
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board815
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement80
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board559
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board429
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,449
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,215
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement139
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board979
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp half board749
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board1,029
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board895
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement109
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board639
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board509
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,589
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,355
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement189
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board1,119
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board889
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp full board1,785
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,555
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,399
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider half board8741,165
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4single supplement189
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,485
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,255
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,469
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp half board1,215
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement119
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp full board865
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp half board749
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3single supplement52
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board1,015
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board919
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement70
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,595
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,405
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement119
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp full board1,669
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp half board1,415
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6single supplement119
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp full board979
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp half board865
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3single supplement52
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board1,095
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board979
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement70
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp full board1,895
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,625
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,449
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider half board1,179
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4single supplement165
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board1,089
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board935
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement93
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board645
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board495
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,665
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,399
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement165
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board1,129
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp half board859
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board1,185
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board1,029
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement125
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board739
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board585
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board1,825
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board1,559
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement215
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board1,289
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board1,019
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp full board2,055
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp half board1,789
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider full board1,609
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider half board8741,345
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4single supplement215
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board13,529
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board11,429
2018 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,105
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp full board13,369
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6double pp half board11,065
2018 Jumping/Dressage - Low Season8d/7n6single supplement1,105
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp full board7,865
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3double pp half board6,819
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season4d/3n3single supplement475
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board9,229
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board8,389
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement629
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board14,525
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board12,795
2018 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement1,105
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp full board15,205
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6double pp half board12,899
2018 Jumping/Dressage - High Season8d/7n6single supplement1,105
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp full board8,915
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3double pp half board7,865
2018 Long Weekend Short Break - High Season4d/3n3single supplement475
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board9,965
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board8,915
2018 Mid-Week Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement629
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp full board17,255
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4double pp half board14,809
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider full board13,199
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4non rider half board10,755
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - Low Season8d/7n4single supplement1,469
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp full board9,929
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4double pp half board8,529
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4single supplement839
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board5,875
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - Low Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board4,475
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp full board15,169
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5double pp half board12,725
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5single supplement1,469
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board10,279
2019 Week Long Stay - Low Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp half board7,829
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp full board10,769
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4double pp half board9,369
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4single supplement1,119
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Full Board6,715
2019 Mid-Week/Long Weekend Short Break - High Season5d/4n4Non-Rider pp Half Board5,315
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp full board16,639
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5double pp half board14,195
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5single supplement1,959
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board11,745
2019 Week Long Stay - High Season8d/7n5Non-Rider pp full board9,299
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp full board18,725
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4double pp half board16,275
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider full board14,669
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4non rider half board87412,219
2019 Riding and Wine with Spa - High Season8d/7n4single supplement1,959
Wildlife

There is an abundance of beautiful wild flowers in the countryside, along with flocks of sheep, wild pigs and numerous types of birds.

Other Activities

This ride is also suitable for non-riders and is well-equipped for families. On-site you will find a swimming pool, ping pong, football, volleyball and a trampoline. For a small extra cost there is also a tennis court, bikes to rent and on-site spa treatments in the brand new spa, opening in April 2017.

Off-site activities include boat trips, boat rental, guided tours of the area and wine tasting in Tuscany.

A definite must from the castle is a visit to Civita - the dying town. Just like an island, it is connected to the mainland by a long bridge. Civita is holding onto a hill of volcanic rock that is slowly collapsing with erosion. This incredible town has remained frozen in time since the middle ages with its churches and buildings. Next stop of course Orvieto and its famous Duomo is only a few km away.
In an area of 40 km guests can discover archaeological sites of the Etruscan culture (pre-Roman), admire the wonderful palaces of the Italian Renaissance that the Farnese family left in each town of the area, visit castles, or decide to relax in nearby thermal baths.
The sea is only 45 minutes away by car, the beach at Capalbio is beautiful and well worth a visit. Lake Bolsena is only 9 km away and offers many lovely spots for a swim and a boat trip or boat hire.

Destinations reachable within 30 minutes:
Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, Civita di Bagnoreggio, Tuscania, Lake Bolsena, Acquapendente, Orvieto.

Destinations reachable within 1 hour:
Viterbo, Bomarzo, Vico Lake, Vulci, Tarquinia, Capalbio, Pienza, Saturnia Spa.

Rome is 1 hour 45 minutes away
Siena is 1 hour 15 minutes away
Firenze is 2 hours 30 minutes away

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):
Orvieto train station, Rome Termini train station, Rome Ciampino or Fuimicino Airports
Transfer:
2018/9: Return car transfer per car from €40pp payable onsite. See Itinerary for more detail.
Flight Guide:
London to Rome, from £60 return
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