Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

4 star rating   6 October 2018

The horses on this trip were steady as a rock even when we were caught in a thunder and lightening storm ! I had 2 horses in the week of riding as my first horse had a sore back and had to be changed . Both horses were well matched to they type of rider information I had provided . Both were well behaved and enabled easy riding to enjoy the beautiful surroundings but switched up a pace with ease as required . The guides ,Marco and Alisha were very attentive of the groups needs and were keen to ensure everyone was having a great time . The terrain on this trip is very challenging as there a numerous steep climbs and descents which become very slippery once wet . A lot of the tracks are washed away meaning that the pace of the riding is more like a trek consisting of some trotting and maybe one or two short canters per day . The number of riders on the trip was too many for the conditions . We were a group of 10 plus 2 guides and on one day a group of 12 with 3 guides . With the canter stretches being very short in places , if you were at the rear end of the ride ,by the time the riders in front set off on a canter ,you only got a few strides in canter before the riders ahead were trotting. Due to the terrain ,the size of the group should be a maximum of 6 in order that every rider gets the same riding experience. [ITS comment: For 2019 the maximum group size has been capped at six riders on any itinerary.]

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The apartments are very spacious . Single riders who would not usually share should consider this to save paying the single supplement as both bedrooms in the apartment are large. There is a large shared bathroom and shared living room /kitchenette.

Before Your Holiday

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Beautiful Tuscany. This is a lovely holiday overall ,but the experience could be so much better if the numbers on the ride were restricted.