For a holiday with a difference think of Italian horseback vacations that combine history, culture, and fine cuisine.
Essteele has rounded up some of Italy's leading equine holiday destinations and experiences. Whether visiting ancient castle ruins in the middle of a forest still inhabited by wild boar or stopping for a gelato whilst you ride through a medieval village, we have it covered.
Torn between exploring ancient ruins, sunset rides along the Mediterranean or combining culinary escapades on horseback? Hidden Trails offer some of Italy's finest equestrian tours, each with its own uniquely Italian feel. Explore the vineyards and cellars of Tuscany, the coastlines of Campania, the castles of Lazio, or the volcanic landscapes of Sicily. With so much to offer, exploring this beautiful country on horseback is the perfect way to discover Italy's hidden jewels.
Far and Ride has been marketing horse riding holidays all over the world since 2005, catering for every flavour of riding style imaginable. Purists can choose between drag hunting in the Roman countryside, beach riding in Sardinia, western riding in beautiful Tuscany or trail riding in mountainous Southern Italy. Step back in time on The Tuscany Castle horse riding holiday where guests can stay in a 17th-century castle that has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family has breathed new life into it by restoring the cottages and farmhouse once used by the farmers. Keen riders are catered for with the certified equestrian centre, many trails, and English-speaking staff. Afterwards, soothe sore limbs at the local thermal spa or imbibe in a wine-tasting session at the local cellar.
For a luxurious immersion into Italian culture look no further than Castellare di Tonda, a country resort and spa in the heart of Tuscany. This 800-acre working wine estate and Quarterhorse stud farm dates back to the Renaissance period when it was owned by the Strozzi family of Florence. The owners of the estate, Stefano and Alessandra, are passionate about their horses and riding and have invested extensively in the facilities of the stud farm and equestrian centre.
Their trail rides have been designed to include a variety of landscapes; from shady Mediterranean forests to rolling golden grain fields, vineyards, and olive groves.