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Learn to Ride plus Spa & Wine

If you are looking to either learn to ride or to improve your riding then this beautiful venue in the Italian countryside between Tuscany and Umbria must be a fairytale option. You will be staying in the grounds of a splendid 17th century castle complete with turret. The castle has 2 swimming pools, a tennis court and gardens and for those wishing to ride, a well run stables with professional instruction and miles of breathtaking trail riding in the surrounding countryside.

What's Included:

  • 7 nts accommodation
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Castle tour
  • 4 riding days
  • Choose lessons / trail rides
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Visit to local Spa OR 2hr cooking lesson
  • Multi-lingual guide

Price: fm £795 pp

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This package runs from April to November, but avoiding children’s holidays in the summer when a family holiday is offered.


Afternoon arrival at the picturesque castle.  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 be walking down to the stables which are located in the grounds of the castle. Here, the instructor will allocate you a horse and you will begin your horse riding. Beginners will take lessons whilst more experienced riders will be enjoying an introductory hack around the castle grounds, an ideal opportunity to start to get to know the local area.


Today your riding will follow the same plan as yesterday with instruction in the morning for beginners and a ride out hacking for those who can already ride. The castle is located on the famous Brigands Trail; this route was formally used by outlaws fleeing from the authorities and now offers a myriad of hacking opportunities along forest pathways and sandy tracks.


After your class this morning, beginners should be ready to start hacking - a favourite is to head towards picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fabulous spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the impressive 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 to the castle along this ancient ‘outlaws highway’ you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock. More experienced riders will enjoy a faster hack.


Today is a rest day from riding and we have arranged for you to take a trip to the local hot water spa. Here you will find a natural hot water pool where you can relax and ease away any aches and pains. Treatments and massages may also be booked (extra charge applicable). If you would rather have a 2hr cooking lesson this can be arranged and is included in the price.

The owners offer a number of local excursions including a trip to an ancient Etruscan settlement in his 4x4 or an olive oil tasting visit. Alternatively, mountain biking is offered for the more energetic amongst us!


Today you will have the chance to put all your new found knowledge into practice as we head off on our longest hack yet. 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 will be served on the beach of the lake in a typical local restaurant and there will be the opportunity to swim in the lake.


Today we have arranged a trip to the local vineyards and wine cellars where you can taste the local wines (not to be missed!). If you want to ride this afternoon this can be arranged but will cost extra.


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 14th - June 12th & September 13th - November 8th - special offer price = £795pp

The summer months = £895pp - also included in this price one Ayurveda massage!


Transfers from both Rome airports are available on request between 10am-7pm. You will be met by someone from the castle in arrivals, they will have a sign with your name on. The cost of transfer from Ciampino is €280 and from Fiumicino €240 per car return (1 - 3 persons)and is payable directly to the castle on arrival. Transfers from Orvieto train station are available on request. The cost of transfers is €110 per car return and is payable directly to the castle on arrival. There are good train connections from Rome to Orvieto which take approximately 1.5 hours.

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.

Additional Info

There is a single room supplement charge of £140.

Optional activities at the castle include:
• Swimming pool (01st June - 30th September)
• Tennis court (€15 per hour)
• Mountain bikes (€20 per person per day)
• Mini football Pitch
• Volleyball
• Ping pong
• Billiards

ATTENTION: The excursions can be changed according to weather, horses and riders conditions by the riding management of the castle.


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.

The learn to ride horse riding holiday in Italy is perfect for you if you would like to learn to ride or alternatively, mix lessons in the arena with trail riding in the beautiful Tuscany countryside. For more choices please click riding holidays Italy.

Customer Feedback:

"Excellent weekend with very friendly staff that made us feel very welcome! Excellent standard of horses & beautiful rides through the Tuscan countryside."

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How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 7 - 14 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 8 weeks out
  • Fill in booking form below
  • Pay deposit via WorldPay

Optional Extras

  • Lunches
  • Additional lessons
  • Transfers available from 10am-7pm (see itinerary for more info)
  • Single supp. £140