Italy - Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

Experience Level
  • Open Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Pisa/Florence
  • Weight limit: 13st 12lbs (88 kg) (194 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 6

Tuscany BerardengaLocated 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.


Tuscany BerardengaYou should be 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.

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.

There is a 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.


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Upcoming Dates

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
22 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts $2,103.48 View (.pdf) Book
Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting
6 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts $2,103.48 View (.pdf) Full
Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting
20 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts $2,103.48 View (.pdf) 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 $302.45 There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

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.

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Based on the flanks of the Chianti hills between Florence and Siena in Tuscany; Siena is just 20km away and Florence 70km.

Weather & Climate

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.

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Guest Review

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 ,Jersey

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting Riding Specialist

Chris says

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!

My Top Tip

Keep your eyes open as you ride and you may be lucky enough to see wild boar deer and other wildlife in the area.


Chris Day
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