Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   30 September 2023

Morna who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. A wonderful week Western riding in sunny Tuscany | Before I went, I wasn't sure about Western riding but with a little tuition and a willingness to try and do as we were told, I soon found it to be relaxing and fun. I rode a wonderful horse and as the week went on the riding got better and better. It is not a fast ride, although we had some lovely canters, as there are a lot of hills, some of them very steep. Ailsa, our guide, was excellent.

The Riding

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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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The apartments are comfortable and well equipped. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the staff were lovely.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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Everything was up to the usual In the Saddle high standard.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

This is one of the best riding holidays I have been on. Everyone in our group was matched perfectly to their horse. You need to be willing to try a different way of riding and to respect and listen to the instruction/advice given by the guide, Ailsa, and Franco, the trainer. The area is beautiful to ride through with vineyards, olive groves and forests. It was both relaxing and invigorating.