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Horse Riding Holiday (Beginners)

from £375 pp

Italy, Tuscany

8 Days

Max 8 people

Horse Riding Holiday (Beginners)

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What You'll Do

See Tuscany from a new perspective on this 7-night horse riding holiday, designed to give you, the beginner, a gentle introduction to horse riding; there are 5 lessons or trails scheduled for the week with the flexibility to add more as you go depending on your own progress and wishes.

Spend 7 nights at this wonderful family-run horse riding centre, located just a 10 minute walk from the medieval village of Montiere in the vast countryside of Maremma.

With the wide range of natural diversity in this area, along with Maremma cross bred horses that handle the terrain with ease, this is the perfect horse riding holiday for those that not only love horses and riding, but also adore the great outdoors.

Even though you may arrive as a beginner, there are lessons, trail rides and excursions that change daily for every level. Each day will bring something new as you gain confidence and explore this wild area from a whole new perspective.

Your team at the horse and trail centre will be there daily to make sure you get the guidance you need, and make sure you’re paired up with a great horse to explore with. Their expert knowledge of the area will have you discovering something new each day, so you will not only leave with more confidence and strength on a horse, but with extensive knowledge of this peaceful area.

In fact, what sets apart this unique horse riding holiday is that you can add on more horse riding or additional activities as you go depending on how you want to spend your time there. Feel like more time exploring the trails with your horse? Want to add on an extra lesson to improve quicker? Take the time to see the area by bicycle? There is no need to decide before you go – simply take each day as it comes and you can arrange and pay for an additional activity when you are there.

You’ll be staying in a cosy, rustic hotel just 300 metres from the stables & fields where 15 lovable horses roam, overlooking a gorgeous pool and stunning panoramic scenery. In your down time, embrace the outdoors and try one of the many sign-posted trails all around the area and see where you end up. Or simply make yourself at home next to the pool to enjoy the wonderful sunshine.

Experience
Highlights

Family-run en suite accommodation included with a pool and jacuzzi

Enjoy 5 days of lessons or trail rides in a stunning environment

Tailor your trip by adding additional rides, lessons or cycling & hikes

Your Local Host:

The Paradisi Family

The Paradisi family established their hotel and stables back in 1971 and have run it as the riding centre it is today ever since. Sons, Andrea and Emilio, have followed in their father’s footsteps and have a passion for horses and tourism, and making people feel at home. They work with a team of international horse lovers who can’t wait to get you riding.

Experience Itinerary

A Typical Day in Tuscany

– After a great breakfast overlooking the wonderful countryside, head off to meet your horses
– As a beginner rider, you will have 1 hour each day of guided tuition either as a lesson or a guided trail
– On your first day, you will enjoy an hour lesson and after, you can decide if you would like to continue with lessons or join an easy trail ride the next day
– If you choose a trail ride, you’ll be able to ride through unspoiled wild countryside, cross medieval villages, thick woods and rivers
– Extra lessons and trails can be arranged daily on site; we recommend sticking with the basic 5 hours to start and adding extra activities as and when you feel like it
– After a great morning riding, relax by the pool or on the bar terrace then spend the rest of the day as you please
– If you would prefer to get out and explore the local area, you can also walk to the nearby village Montieri or drive to Massa Marittima, Siena, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano or to the beach

Accommodation

– Your accommodation is set in the tranquil countryside; perfect for those who thrive in the outdoors
– You’ll stay in a 3-star hotel which is situated just 300 metres from the stables; it’s rustic and cosy with terracotta statues, red marble stone walls, and plenty of outdoor space and views
– There are a total of 24 ensuite rooms that are perfect for solo travellers, partners, or even parties or families of 3 or 4
– Gorgeous, inground pool outside with plenty of loungers
– Jacuzzi and table tennis available for cool nights and free time
– Spacious upstairs lounge with a wood-beam ceiling, fireplace, and windows that show a picturesque view of the mountains and make you feel at home
– Restaurant, bar, small meeting room and large living area
– Fast connecting WiFi throughout
– Each room has an ensuite bathroom with shower, telephone, television, security safe, and electric kettle
– Pet-friendly for all creatures great and small
– Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
– Check-in any time after 2pm on day 1 and check out by 10:30 on day 8

families dine outside on terrace

Reviews (2)

A Stovell

Sunday 11th October, 2020

Last minute booking for my daughter and I to ride in the beautiful surroundings in Tuscany . Hotel was clean and warm basic but comfortable. Food was lovely ..traditional Italian cooking. Although breakfast was basic continental but was enough. Eggs ...

Last minute booking for my daughter and I to ride in the beautiful surroundings in Tuscany . Hotel was clean and warm basic but comfortable. Food was lovely ..traditional Italian cooking. Although breakfast was basic continental but was enough. Eggs were available if you asked. Had the weather been warmer we could have used the pool and gardens but wasn't warm enough. We used the jacuzzi which was great. Horses well cared for and great riding... Thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back - the staff cannot do enough for you.

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Anya

Thursday 14th November, 2019

We've been here 3 times and we will return for sure. For us as horse lovers this is a fantastic place. The horses are very well treated, they are all so relaxed. The riding trails are marvelous. As well as the staff is. They make you feel very welcom...

We've been here 3 times and we will return for sure. For us as horse lovers this is a fantastic place. The horses are very well treated, they are all so relaxed. The riding trails are marvelous. As well as the staff is. They make you feel very welcome and at home. The picnics during the riding trails are delicious and are in a beautiful environment. The Maremma is a gorgeous. The hotel is on a beautiful spot, it is so green, calm and relaxed there. If you're looking for a relaxed, friendly place in a calm, beautiful environment and if you love horses (or mountain biking): don't hesitate any longer because this is the place to be.

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Location Information

Tucked between mountains and valleys, sprawling with meadows and forests, lies a horse rider’s paradise in Maremma, Tuscany. A mere 90 minutes from Florence or Pisa, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you are immersed into the Italian countryside while staying in a charming rustic hotel, only 300 metres from the horse stables & fields.

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports:
Pisa (1 hour 40 minutes by car) – the most convenient airport
Florence (1 hour 30 minutes by car)
Rome (3 hours by car)

By train:
The nearest train station is Follonica, and you can be picked up there on request for an extra cost. The journey from the train station to the accommodation is 30 minutes.

Car rental is strongly advised

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private ensuite room
  • 5 x 1-hour horse riding lessons OR 5 x 1-hour guided trail rides for beginners (it is recommended that you start with a lesson and then decide daily if you wish to do a lesson or trail ride)
  • All horse riding equipment during the lessons (please bring suitable clothing for riding)
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Pool, Jacuzzi and table tennis access
  • Onsite parking
  • Check in any time after 2pm on day 1 and check out by 10:30 on day 8

FAQs

- This horse riding holiday is suitable for beginner riders, either those with no or little experience
- Horse riding is recommended for children over 6 years, however, younger children are welcome to stay in the hotel with their families
- Please note: all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
- All horse riding lessons are taught in English and/or Italian according to your personal needs

- These horse riding holidays make great singles holidays and singles are welcome to join an existing group but lessons and trails will run without a minimum numbers of participants regardless
- Solo travellers must pay a supplement for a private room

This stunning area is known for its beautiful nature, so feel free to head out and explore and all the below activities can be arranged and booked locally:
- Additional horse riding (from €25)
- Cycling
- Hiking
- Mountain biking
- Motorbike tours
- Quad biking
- Trekking tours
- Visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano
- Walking to Montieri and its surroundings

- Peaceful location amidst the Tuscan hills and valleys
- 10 minute walk from the charming medieval town of Montieri, complete with a castle preceding the 12th Century with winding streets and mystical alleyways
- Perfect location for lovers of the outdoors; indulge yourself in hikes, cycling, more horse riding, or join a tour
- Plenty of marked walking trails you can explore without a guide
- Just 90 minutes from Florence or Pisa airport from where you can rent a car or travel to Follonica train station
- Pick ups can be requested from the train station to the hotel for an extra cost
- 15 locally bred Maremma and other horses, all with loving characters
- Pool, Jacuzzi and tennis tables for you to enjoy
- Perfect for the whole family and bring your animals too!
- Onsite restaurant and bar with a terrace overlooking the valley

Aside from the lush countryside, the nearest town is Montieri 200mt ( 10 minutes walk) from the hotel. There is also a very good pizzeria/restaurant (Il Baccanale) and 2 bars.

The closest airport is Pisa where there is a comfortable train that can bring you to Follonica station. In Follonica, your hosts can easily pick you up (Euro 60 per way). Alternatively, you can order an airport pick up from Pisa for Euro 180 per way (night rides have a supplement).