You will stay at the Santa Crisitna Castle, a century old castle still owned by the same noble family Caterini. The Castle has been beautifully maintained and restored, offering a welcoming and charming environment, full of character and authenticity. The accommodation is offered at the farm house recently restored below the castle in en-suite double or twin rooms.
Lunch consists of a 3 courses meal, with water and coffee included served at local restaurant or at santa Cristina castle or of a picnic when necessary. Dinner consists of a 4 courses meal, with water and coffee included served at local restaurants or at the Santa Cristina castle.
Count Antonio Mancini Caterini, owner of the Santa Cristina Castle, and the castle staff will great you in this peaceful corner of Italy with a welcoming drink and tour of the estate. Antonio is a qualified equestrian guide, with years of experience with horses and a perfect knowledge of the area. He will be your guide together with Kylie, a horse trekking guide and instructor from New Zealand, settled in Italy after years of worldwide horse riding experiences.
Airports: Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Rome Ciampino (CIA). Taxi service available 10am-6pm from/to Rome Fiumicino 240€ return; from/to Rome Ciampino 280€ return (prices up to 3 people).
Train Station: Orvieto – taxi service available 10am-6pm from/to the train station 110€ return (price up to 3 people).
|Duration||8 days / 7 nights|
|Riding Time||5 days: 1full day (4-5 hrs), 4 half days (2-3 hrs)|
|Group size||min 1 - max 5|
|Ride Ability||From beginner (lessons available) to expert|
|Pace||Moderate, with trot and canter|
|Horses||Mixture of local Maremmano, Anglo Arab, Warmblood, Appaloosa|
This is one week (preferably from Saturday to Saturday) based at the Santa Cristina Castle with daily trails or lessons depending on the riding ability. On the day of arrival, you will enjoy a welcome drink at the castle and a briefing with your guide/instructor about riding options and accommodation details. A delicious dinner will be served at the castle. On the following days, you will be go for rides in the area, taking every day a different route. Riding along the Brigands Path, you will reach the Mezzano and Bolsena Lakes, two beautiful volcanic lakes immersed in a peaceful countryside. You will have lunch at a local Trattoria overlooking the lake and, depending on the season, you could enjoy a swim in the crystal lake waters. Onano and Gradoli are two of the pretty villages near the Castle that you will reach on horseback, they have an historical importance and offer amazing views of the surroundings. Unforgettable rides are guaranteed across vineyards, olive groves and fields scattered with Etruscan tombs and ruins. The surroundings of the castle are full of interesting archeological and historical sites and there will be a day off for local excursions. Extremely picturesque are the tuff villages Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana and the stunning village of Civita di Bagnoregio, called the ‘Dying Town’.
A wonderful week on holiday based at our castle, exploring the area on horseback and spoiling yourself a bit with some Italian treats: a plunge into thermal waters and some fine wine tasting! Enjoy 4 days horse riding discovering the natural and historical beauties of the area, from volcanic lakes to Etruscan sites and Medieval villages. Visit the vineyard cellars of Pitigliano, learn about their grape cultivations and taste some fine wine. Relax for half a day at the Spa of Sorano, plunging yourself in the warm pool filled with hot spring water. Alternatively, you can opt for a cooking class to practise some traditional Italian recipes and be able to enjoy proper Italian food once back home. This is a 8 days/7 nights programme suitable for any riding ability (lessons available for beginners), available on request. Please contact us for prices and availability.
We offer a flexible 4 days/3 nights programme suitable for beginners and intermediate riders. Come and stay on holiday in our beautiful castle. You could enjoy the peaceful and green countryside, our swimming pool and other sports facilities while improving your riding skills with lessons or trail rides depending on your level. Please contact us for more information.