Tuscany Farmhouse, Resort & Spa Riding Holidays are unique due to the quality of their horses, facilities, riding and experienced, friendly staff. These riding vacations at Castellare di Tonda Resort & Spa have been designed to include a variety of landscapes; shady Mediterranean forests, rolling golden grain fields, vineyards and olive groves. Stop for a gelato while you ride through a cobblestoned medieval village. Visit ancient castle ruins in the middle of a forest still inhabited by wolves and wild boar, and enjoy taking your horse for paddle in the water of the estates own private lake.
The estate breeds and trains Quarter horses and Paint horses. You can enjoy watching the foals frolicking with their mothers, stallions in training, and young horses starting their career with the trainers. This Country Resort and Spa is located in the heart of Tuscany. The estate is located near Florence above the medieval village of Montaione. The owners of the estate Stefano and Alessandra are passionate about their horses and riding, and have invested extensively in the facilities of the stud farm and equestrian center.
The Chianti hills offer varied and challenging trails for all levels of rider. The soft Tufo sand trails allow the opportunity to enjoy long canters even during the dry summer months when the ground elsewhere is hard. There are 52 different horses with some gentle enough for beginners and others more spirited horses suited to experienced riders. The speed is mixed, and experienced riders can be guaranteed some lovely canters on each ride, as well as interesting mixed terrain. Novice riders can enjoy a calmer pace with walk and trot – enjoying the wonderful landscape on sure-footed horses.
Guides are locally qualified and know how to match horse and rider perfectly for an enjoyable Italy riding vacation. Although the term environmental sustainability has become a buzzword the last few years, it has always been a part of the daily life of this working farm in Tuscany. The farm has a close relationship working with the land. The owners are dedicated to making sure families will be able to enjoy this Tuscan estate for many years to come, striving to be good environmental stewards while providing the modern amenities that many have come to expect.
Tuscan Style apartments and suites built into 12 original farmstead houses on the property. Each farmstead has its own swimming pool and Wi-Fi Internet, and the estate shares a central base with the spa, restaurant, cafe/bar and even a medieval church. Each suite/apartment has a private kitchen, sitting room, outside terrace/private area, bathroom and bedroom. Each farmhouse is distinctly different and there is a choice between premium and standard suites.
Onsite restaurant. Tuscan cuisine.
Guests receive a complementary bottle of wine on arrival to enjoy out on their own little terrace. Dining on the farm is a delightful experience. Italians are very proud of their regional cuisine, and at this resort, this is no exception. Meals are prepared with the freshest of seasonal ingredients in the resort's own restaurant. You will enjoy eating Al fresco on the terracotta terrace during the summer months once a week a local musician plays Italian music while you dine.
The farm has one of the widest ranges of activities available in Tuscany. Mountain bike hire is available, onsite spa, largest golf course in Tuscany (neighboring the estate), marked walking trails throughout the 400 hectare estate, wine tasting (from their own private cellar), and excellent sightseeing opportunities due to the enviable location of the estate (equal distance between Florence, Pisa and Siena and only 20 minutes from Volterra and San Gimignano).
Specializing in Tuscany riding vacations, guests also enjoy Western horse riding, equestrian training, riding lessons, hiking, fishing, spa, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, the chance to see wild animals freely roaming (deer, boar, fox, badger, porcupine, wolf), cooking classes with Tuscan mama chefs, and truffle hunts (October/November). There is plenty to do for riders and their non-riding companions.
Pisa (Leaning Tower, Duomo) Florence (Uffizi, Accademia etc) San Gimignano (Medieval festival in June) Volterra (Medieval festival in August) Siena (Palio during July and August should not be missed).
At a Glance
Magical horse riding holidays in the heart of Tuscany, Italy based on a historic 400 hectare wine and olive estate with a spa and Western riding.
Chianti Wine Region. Tuscany. Italy, Florence
Pisa or Florence (equal distance)
Horse Riding Style/ Ability
Western/ Endurance saddles for Trail riding. Expert Reining and Western Instruction is available on schoolmaster Quarter and Paint horses.
13 April until 5 November
Riding group max 10 people each week.