Travelling on horseback
Our trail rides are a very special highlight, we and the horses love these adventurous days in the beautiful nature. We stay overnight in pretty agriturismi, dine like God in Italy and get to know the country, the people and especially our Criollos - and become a super team in the process. A trail riding group consists of 5-7 people.
A relaxed start
The day of arrival is usually Saturday, after which we first get to know each other at an aperitif and enjoy a Tuscan 3-4 course dinner. The next day, everyone tries out 'their' horse on a ride together. Lunch for all and then a siesta by the pool or whatever you like to do. In the evening we enjoy culinary highlights.
Monday we start!
On Monday we start, the excitement is rising. We are on the road for 5 days and 4 nights under expert guidance and, above all, with incredibly sure-footed and cool horses (you will be amazed at what our four-legged friends can do) through the wildly romantic Tuscan and Umbrian landscape. Panini or picnic lunch, depending on the tour, even a visit to a restaurant.
Delicacies in the evening
In the evening, after the horses have been well looked after, we are allowed to enjoy a well-deserved aperitif and the long-awaited shower before a delicious meal awaits us. The luggage needed during the day is in saddlebags, everything else is - whenever possible - luxuriously transported from A to B. On Friday, after some adventures and lots of interesting stories, we return to Bivignano tired but happy. Departure is on Saturday (or you can stay a little longer to relax by the pool or get back on your horse...).
The rides take us either to Molin Nuovo, Alpe di Poti, Toppole, Badia San Veriana, Ponte alla Piera, towards Lago di Montedoglio, Anghiari, towards Citerna, Monterchi and back to Bivignano. Or to Monte Dogana, Castiglion Fiorentino, Monte Sant'Egidio Cortona, in Hannibal's footsteps to Lake Trasimeno, to Monte San Maria Tiberina and back to Bivignano.
The rides offer breathtaking views into the Valdichiana and Tiber valleys, we ride along Etruscan paths, through Mediterranean forests, marvel at pretty valleys, monasteries and churches, ancient settlements and Roman roads, the landscape is picturesque with many olive groves, oaks, chestnuts and pines.
In 2024 there will be a very special highlight: we will ride from Bivignano to Rimini for the third time. A huge adventure for horse and rider. In winter we will work out the routes again, on foot and by mountain bike, and of course we will find wonderful accommodation where we will all be in the best of hands. The organisation is huge, and so is the anticipation.
The costs vary depending on the trail route and include full board, this time 9 nights, horse/mule for the whole week, luggage transport, organisation and lots of fun. Excluding arrival and departure, other or additional drinks and possible - voluntary - tips. If anyone would like a single room, this is possible at most agriturismi, but costs a little more.
We have waiting lists, you can sign up at any time.
Further rides are of course constantly being planned, into the Chianti region and towards Umbria. Every day we ride between 5 and 8 hours - a lot of walking - many hills. And of course there is always a faster pace...
For many years now we have enjoyed the different tours, challenges, landscapes & experiences. Some highlights from the past have remained particularly memorable for us...
In 2016 & 2021 we rode from Bivignano to Rimini, a fantastic adventure that we will never forget. It was simply magnificent! In 2024 we will repeat this great ride.
In the footsteps of Francis of Assisi
In 2017 we rode from Pontassieve to Bivignano, again following the footsteps of Francis of Assisi past some beautiful abbeys, the route was challenging for horse and rider but always super beautiful.
In 2018 & 2021 we took the wild and romantic Casentino under our hooves, 150km over hill and dale and with many great agriturismi, which we were able to enjoy in the evenings.
In 2019 we were in Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino and Rigutino and enjoyed breathtaking views and culinary highlights.
In 2020 there were unfortunately only two autumn rides, but we enjoyed them all the more: Alpe di Poti, Ponte alla Piera, Caprese Michelangelo, Lago di Montedoglio, Monterchi and back to Bivignano.
In 2022, we explored Umbria and Tuscany in quasi-summer temperatures.