The Tuscan countryside has a stillness about it because many of the
farms and buildings are abandoned as people have migrated to the cities.
The fortresses and castles which were so important in medieval times are
now partially in ruin. Much of the land is returning to nature, which is
all the better for riding and the soft beauty of the landscape is
enhanced. For more information see Equitours Worldwide Riding Tours.
Rides follow a wide loop through the rolling
forested hills, verdant farmland and vineyards, and picturesque
villages of the Chianti Classico region north of Siena. Both
rides begin and end at the outfitter’s home, a 400-year_old
Tuscan farmhouse. Accommodations enroute are in small hotels,
comfortable and typical of the area.
Seven Castles of Chianti includes several afternoon
sightseeing excursions to points of historical interest. Riders
spend more time in the saddle on The Chianti Ride, and will
have a few more canters. The guide sets a moderate pace suitable
for enjoying the surroundings, but interspersed with trots
and canters which enable one to appreciate her well-trained
Situated in a tranquil region southwest of Siena, the circular
stone walls of the Castello di Tocchi serve as a hospitable
central base for either full or half-day rides into the surrounding
countryside. From the lovingly restored suites of this medieval
hamlet, which was built on the foundations of a 12th century
castle, riders have an opportunity to experience the enduring
magic of Tuscany on one of three distinct itineraries. If
you prefer full days of riding and an exhilarating pace, then
and Warriors Ride is a good choice.
Feast of the Conqueror's itinerary cleverly
combines riding with an investigation of the region’s gastronomic
Medieval Treasures Ride features a varied schedule
of riding combined with sightseeing to destinations of cultural
and historical interest. Return to the convivial atmosphere
of the Castello’s spacious dining room and Tuscan kitchen
for a memorable finale to the days’ activities.