Afternoon arrival at the picturesque castle location for our unique horse riding holiday. You will be staying in converted buildings around the Castle, taking breakfast each morning in the Castle itself. After checking in you will be served with a welcome drink and then receive a briefing from your guide/instructor who will be looking after you throughout the week.
This morning you will make your way to the castle stables and meet your horse for your castle trail adventure. We will be heading out along The Brigands Trail towards the picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fantastic spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side, to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other side. On a clear day you can see the sea 40 km away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back along this ancient ‘outlaws highway’ you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock.
Today you will be riding to Lake Mezzano, this is an area of great interest both historically and naturally. The lake was formed in a volcanic crater and is now a historical site with traces of human settlements dating back to the pre-etruscan era. We will be riding through the chestnut woods on the hillsides that surround the lake before riding up through valleys and hills and onto a plateau to witness the stunning Tuscan countryside.
Once again this morning we will be heading off along The Brigands Trail as we ride north towards the fortified village of Orano. Centuries ago this fortified village was an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area throughout the middle ages.
We will return to the castle for lunch. This afternoon the choice is yours, either relax in the beautiful gardens of the castle or saddle up again for a shorter hack to a local dairy farm renowned for its fabulous "ricotta" cheese.
Today we will follow an old trail down towards the crater of Lake Bolsena, the biggest volcanic lake in Europe. Breath taking views of the lake will accompany our excursion all the way. Scattered throughout the countryside, archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs will serve to remind us of how ancient this beautiful land really is. Today lunch may be enjoyed on the beach in a typical local restaurant and again there will be the opportunity to swim in the lake.
Today is a free day. The owners offer a number of local excursions including a trip to an ancient Etruscan settlement in their 4x4 vehicles or olive oil tasting. Alternatively, mountain biking is offered on this horse riding holiday Italy package!
We ride today along an old Etruscan trail through thick woods to the top of a crater. This provides a natural vantage point enjoying the remarkable scenery of vineyards, Etruscan tombs and the volcanic lake. We return to the castle riding through vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods and there is an opportunity to enjoy a canter along an old shepherd's path through a tunnel of oak trees.
Sadly today it is time to bid farewell to your castle home, but if you can’t bear to go home just yet we can organise an additional night or two for you in Rome.
March 1st - June 17th = £1195pp
June 18th - September 16th = £1,295pp
Included in the horse riding holiday Italy price:
7 nights accommodation in twin rooms with ensuite facilities (Saturday to Saturday)
Half board including table wine (picnic lunch on some rides)
Welcome drink and guided tour of the castle.
5 riding days - 1 x full day (4/5 hrs. per day), 4 x half days (2/3 hrs. per day)
Lessons available in the arena from beginners to intermediate
Airport transfers - Transfers from both Rome airports (Fiumicino & Ciampino) are available on request between 10am-7pm. You will be met by your driver in arrivals, they will have a sign with your name on. 1 person = €200. 2-3 people = €230. 4 people = €250. All transfers are payable directly to the castle on arrival.
Train station transfers - Transfers from Orvieto train station are available on request. There are good train connections from Rome to Orvieto which take approximately 1.5 hours. 1 person = €90. 2-3 people = €120. 4 people = €140. All transfers are payable directly to the castle on arrival.
Although the above transfers are offered by the castle we highly recommend hiring a car for this holiday.
Equestrian Escapes are happy to reserve your transfers for you however, as payment for this service is made directly to the transfer provider this service does not form part of our contract with you. As such, we are unable to accept responsibility for any delays, missed transfers etc.
The horses are a mixture of mix of thoroughbred and warm blood crosses, anglo-arabian and ponies. The tack is English tack. There are two outdoor arenas and lessons are available
for all ages and levels in both dressage and jumping. The maximum weight allowed is 100kg
and the numbers of riders on each excursion are between 1 and 5. Riding helmets are mandatory - no helmets = no riding. The castle has a veriety of helmets but it is always advisable to bring your own.
There is a single room supplement charge of £150.
Optional activities at the castle on the horse riding holidays Italy packages include:
- Swimming pool (01st June - 30th September),
- Tennis court (€15 per hour)
- Mountain bikes (€20 per person per day)
- Mini football Pitch
- Ping pong
ATTENTION: The excursions on the horse riding holidays Italy packages can be changed according to weather, horses and riders conditions by the riding management of the castle.
A number of different packages are available in the riding holidays Italy range including a learn-to-ride one week holiday, midweek and weekend breaks and family riding holidays .
The Brigands Trail runs from April to November avoiding children's holidays in the summer when a family holiday is offered.
The price above includes clean towels once a week and bathroom soaps and shampoos are provided. There is no daily cleaning of your room or room service with change of linen on this package. Extra clean towels will be provided on request at a price of €15 per set of 3 pieces.
Breakfast will include cereals, fruit, yoghurts, bread, toast, butter, jam as well as a selection of croissants and cakes.
Alternatively for those wanting additional services we offer a ‘gold package’ that costs £225 per week per room and this includes:
A daily room cleaning service with three changes of towels and bed linen per week.
Breakfast includes the above plus scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, ham, salami and cheeses.
These horse riding holidays Italy offer fabulous trail riding for the more experienced rider and you can combine trail riding with lessons if you are a beginner. These riding holidays are flexible packages and trail rides and lessons can be combined on all our horse riding holidays in Tuscany.
"Just to let you know what a fantastic holiday we had at the Castle in Italy. My daughter Beccy arranged it and we were there from 24th – 27th May."
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