Explore the authentic heart of Tuscany away-from-the-crowds and off-beaten-path: explore the gorgeous Chianti hillside on horseback! Available for a small group (maximum 8) of select guests our signature Horses&Vineyards leads you through pristine woods and fields, into country estates and wineries, allowing you to discover Tuscany's heart and soul.
Enjoy the privilege of uncovering Tuscany's most genuine beauty in a small group, surrounded by a superb natural environment and soft country sounds.
Depart downtown Florence aboard our minivan in the morning, for a pleasant 25 minute drive to the nearby hillside.
Upon arrival meet your horse and have a brief overview lesson with your English-speaking escort, a horse pro.
Once you feel sound and confident set off for a leisurely and easygoing 1.5 hour ride led by your local guide.
Ride along pastures and neatly groomed fields, hear the breeze caress the olive trees and admire verdant vineyards, and stop for a visit to an ancient olive oil mill which rises in a noble countryside estate.
Welcomed by the estate's staff you will have the marvelous opportunity to visit the mill: still functioning it boasts ancient architectural features and modern technology, and produces delicious gourmet olive oil! Enjoy learning about the centuries-old olive oil tradition, the harvesting and pressing process, and finally savor the unique, full, flavor of the estate oil. A real Tuscan treat.
Then set off for an enlightening visit to a charming, small, boutique winery, and explore the tiny amazing cellar where their exceptional wines are produced. Learn all about wine production techniques, and the secrets that lie behind the most precious blends.
At the end of the tour savor a typical Tuscan wine-pairing lunch: specialty local dishes served paired with the extraordinary blends of the winery you visited.
Transfer comfortably back to Florence aboard our minivan.
NOTES: No previous riding experience is required; horseback riding hats (helmets) will be provided; children under 14 years old are not allowed on this tour
Difficulty: easy, relaxed ride suitable for all. Please do not expect to trot or canter.
Every Day at 9:30am
Approx. 6 hours
MARCH to NOVEMBER
Price Notes: EUR 139 p.p. (adults 14+) / students 10% disc.
FLORENCETOWN TOURS & NEWS STAND - Piazza della Repubblica (next to the APPLE STORE under the arches, corner with Via Pellicceria) - Florence - SEE ON MAP
Please note that this tour is not permitted for children under 14. Persons under 18 yo need to show an ID.
Long-leave pants and sports shoes are requested (no flip-flops please!)
The horseback ride is easy and relaxed and does not require previous experience. Please do not expect to trot or canter.
Horses can bear up to 220 lbs (100 kg)
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.
HORSES & VINEYARDS
The tour departure might be cancelled due to rain.
We will do our best to proceed with the tour. However rain could prevent us from being able to offer an enjoyable and fully safe experience on the horse.
In any case, clients should show up at the meeting point at the scheduled time, or contact the office in advance.
In case we cancel the tour (and only in this case), guest options are:
1) Rain check to be used the following day or at any other time, subject to availability.
The Rain check is a voucher given to client. The voucher is transferable and may be sold or given to others to use at a future date and lasts up to 1 year from date. It has a value that can be possible used in any other tour provided by our company.
2) 100% refund for tour cancellation.
In case the tour departure is not cancelled but anyway there's a chance of rain during the day, we will do our best to proceed with the tour, doing all we can to provide the horseback riding, possibly carrying out the tour with our minivan if and when the rain falls. If it does not stop raining, the entire tour will be conducted in the safety and comfort of the minivan.
Guest options in this case are:
1) Proceed with the tour hoping for clearing weather - with the understanding that no refund or discount will be given if horses are not ridden due to rain, or if the horse riding tour is abbreviated due to rain. We will do our best to get you on a horse, weather permitting.
2) Rain check (of the same amount clients paid) to be used the following days or at any other time, subject to availability. The Rain check is a voucher given to client. The voucher is transferable and may be sold or given to others to use at a future date and lasts up to 1 year from date. It has a value that can be possible used in any other tour provided by our company.
Please note that clients' safety and comfort are of utmost priority, and proper rain gear is mandatory for guests choosing to "ride in the rain". No-shows will not be refunded.