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Located close to Siena, Florence and Pisa, Berardenga Equestrian Centre is set on an 18th century farm in Chianti surrounded by meadows and woods with a view of a medieval castle.
The combination of full and half day rides take you between villages, across wooded hillsides and pastures through vineyards and olive groves. On some days you’ll stop at a vineyard where you are invited to a wine-tasting. On two non-riding afternoons there are visits to Siena and Montepulciano, some of the best preserved medieval towns in Italy.
At mealtimes there is an emphasis on simple country cooking using local, organic ingredients so this holiday offers guests a culinary journey through the Italian kitchen as well as an equestrian journey through the hills of Tuscany.
You should be an experienced rider, competent at all paces and fit for day long rides. The pace is varied according to the hilly terrain, with plenty of trots and canters. It is important that you are riding regularly to join this ride.
The horses are chosen not by breed but by their ability to give good results in work in the school and in the countryside; they have the good character necessary for the frequent changes of rider as well as being easy to handle over different terrain. The horses, besides working in the riding school and on trails, always spend some hours in the paddock resting and playing freely.
While not expected, most guests do like to assist with tacking and untacking their horse. Your guide will be on hand should you require assistance with this.
There is a strict rider weight limit on all rides of 88kg (13st 11lbs).
Tack and style of riding is English.
Hard hats are mandatory.
There are five guest rooms at the farmhouse, three ensuite and two which share a bathroom.
The communal living area has sofas and easy chairs for relaxing with a glass of Chianti wine and a large dining table where meals are taken. There are a range of books to browse through and an open fire to warm up a chilly evening. WiFi is available in the main area and most of the rooms.
When not riding or exploring you can relax around the salt-water swimming pool.
At Berardenga the jams, bread, yogurt and cakes served at breakfast are home made; lunches and dinners are a typical Tuscan menu prepared with the freshest of homegrown or locally sourced preferably organic ingredients.
Set arrival and departure dates. Additional dates are available on request for a minimum of four guests.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting||18 Sep 2022 - 25 Sep 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$2,191.71||Book|
|Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting||2 Oct 2022 - 9 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$2,191.71||Book|
|Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting||16 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$2,191.71||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; wine with meals; riding; wine tasting sessions and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
Discounts are available for non-riders.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT is $285.79. A supplement is always payable for single travellers.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Train/bus/taxi from airport to Montevarchi train station before and after the ride; entrance fees in Siena and Montepulciano (if required).
NEAREST AIRPORT Florence or Pisa.
TRANSFERS Included from Montevarchi train station. We can arrange private transfers from Florence airport (€130) or Pisa airport (€220) per vehicle each way (up to three people) payable locally.
Return transfers are included from Montevarchi train station. The usual collection time on arrival day is 17:00, although this could be earlier should all guest arrival times allow.
Alternatively you can make your own way directly to Centro Ippico della Berardenga and we will give you driving directions.
Most people fly to Pisa and we suggest flights arriving before 14:00 to allow you plenty of time to transfer by bus to Florence train station (c.€10 one-way) and then by train from Florence to Montevarchi train station (c.€6 one-way). Flights to Florence can arrive later in the afternoon as it is just a short taxi drive from the airport to Florence train station.
Your return flights from Pisa should depart after 14:00 to allow you plenty of time for the journey from Montevarchi. Flights from Florence should depart after midday.
Alternatively, we can arrange private transfers to/from Pisa airport (€220) or Florence airport (€130) per vehicle (up to three people) payable locally.
Based on the flanks of the Chianti hills between Florence and Siena in Tuscany; Siena is just 20km away and Florence 70km.
Tuscany has a mild climate. The hottest months are June to September when the evenings are warm.
From March to April and October to November the days should still be warm, but evenings in spring and autumn can be cool so be sure to take warm clothes that can be layered.
Rain is possible at any time of year but less likely in summer. Winds can be strong in the hills.
All the horses were well looked after, all the tack was in good order and clean. The variety of paces thoughtout the day stopped the rider getting bored and the variety of routes chosen by our hosts was superb.
Leila ,JerseyOverall rating: 5/5
This ride through the beautiful Tuscan countryside is a ride of discovery in many ways; great horses food and company mixed with a good measure of Chianti wine along the way!
Keep your eyes open as you ride and you may be lucky enough to see wild boar deer and other wildlife in the area.