Reviews
44 reviews    1 2
Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Castellare Train & Trail

5 star rating   26 May 2018

Excellent


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

4 star rating   26 May 2018

A great hols for our ages (70 and 77) but ideally we would have liked shorter rides of 2-2 1/2 hours but more demanding. But that's being picky. The country and views were terrific and the food was hard to beat.
But both our horses had obviously been allowed to get away with murder by previous riders.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

4 star rating   19 May 2018

Kind horses if a little lack lustre. They all looked very well and were all very well behaved. It was a bit steady due to the ground conditions which was unfortunate due to the wet weather. Our guides were extremely caring and made sure everyone was happy. Probably not so suited for those wanting a faster riding experience.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Heart of Tuscany

5 star rating   19 May 2018

The stables were very accommodating for my needs. I came on holiday with my husband and 6 month old baby and the riding worked perfectly as I was able to choose how I used my 2 hours each day and it meant I rode early in the morning so we could then enjoy the rest of the day as a family exploring the Tuscan countryside. Unfortunately the weather was a little rainy during our week and the terrain does become slippy so the pace was fairly steady. However; the horses were very well trained and I enjoyed trying out a few different ones during my week and it was great to give western riding a go.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

2 star rating   19 May 2018

Best with the most experienced guide (Marco). Had trouble with a gallop in terrain with very bad soil, and a new guide (Kirstin) did not stop before riders on the low horses shouted. It's not ok to write in the material that 'tufo' sand provides excellent footing, because it does absolutely not when it's raining / has been raining. It was incredible wet and slippery soil we rode in, and the horses almost skated around, up/down the hills. We were rather unfortunate with the weather, it happens, but you should rather write that in the rainy weather the routes are quite impassable and that there is not much chance of trot and gallop, if wet terrain in your information material.
Medieval Tuscany may not be the best titel for the ride, it was not so varied (maybe again because of the weather). We became well acquainted with the farmer trails, and great views over the vineyards, but medieval fortresses we definitely saw none of, only some past due recent buildings. Name the ride 'around Tuscany, riding in hilly terrain in vineyards and olive groves', then it fits well with what we have experienced. 😀
It is also stated in the material that you end the week's ride with local drinks overlooking the Hills. We did not do that at all, the ride just finish, pay gratuity and then goodbye.
Overall it was a good trip with lovely horses. The weather is never guaranteed, but badly it seems that it should only rain for 3 days, so the trails in both vineyards and forests were a total wet and slippery, which reduced the possibilities for both trot and canters throughout the week.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany Short Break

5 star rating   16 May 2018

We were disappointed about the riding level. We had informed about our riding skills in advance and had an expectation that when it was riding there was more canters and trot. We had one day where our group of 4 was alone with the riding guide, then the pace was better.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   5 May 2018

The intro lesson in the arena was great before you ride on the trails, really useful for those who haven't ridden Western before. The basics were explained and differences between English and Western riding.
The trails are hilly and steep in some places but there are opportunities for some lovely canters. However, this is not a fast paced ride, mostly the rides are in walk, but with trots and canters interspersed. Relax, enjoy the scenery.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   5 May 2018

In the morning of the first day of riding I asked if I could ride a Criollo horse. They provided me with the most wonderful horse that afternoon and I was so happy to ride him all week. The horses are very sure footed and responsive. They are fit and look very healthy.
The terrain is very hilly with some very steep sections, this meant there weren't too many opportunities to canter but it's what I expected and the beautiful scenery more than makes up for the lack of fast riding. There is plenty of trotting though and we did have a few canters each day.
Our guide Marco was great. His english is perfect! We loved our picnic chats and learning more about Italian culture. We were incredibly lucky there was only me and my friend booked on this ride and it didn't rain much at all. Had it rained anymore I would have been very scared on the steep slopes which I saw get very muddy bit I'm a wuss with things like that. My friend didn't mind it.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   28 October 2017

It was a fantastic experience, the day tours were excellent especially due to Jessica our guide. She took us to very nice places including an original Tuscan pottery and a idyllic Tuscan villa, where we had a wonderful lunch with the most accommodating host. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment; thanks Jessica.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   16 September 2017

We started with a lesson in the school (in a thunder storm) which was very informative regarding Western which is quite different to English riding. Then we had 3 day rides with a picnic these were really enjoyable about 2hrs riding then a stop at benches for a very generous lunch with wine, cake and coffee, then a 2hr ride home. The other day was split into a morning and afternoon ride with time to do your own thing in the middle. The riding was through woods, tracks and steep mountain paths all at a fairly steady pace.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   16 September 2017

Lovely terrain and paths. However didn’t get the full 24 hours of riding, maximum 18 hours. Whilst on the paths there were opportunities for a faster pace but guides were over cautious due to the conditions. However on the last ride it started to rain lightly and then we had a very fast pace back to the ride curtailing our riding time again. This didn’t quite add up as on the days where the weather was fine we weren’t allowed to canter as soon as it started to rain certain stretches where it was deemed unsafe to canter were now safe.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

4 star rating   2 September 2017

Yes, it met my expectations.


44 reviews    1 2