The Maremma trail and its equestrian traditions

Ride on horse back in Italy, through the beautiful Tuscan hills between Rome and Florence. Horse riding traditions are strong in this region with cattle and horses roaming freely. Spend three days riding with Tuscan cowboys, the last remaining Butteri of the Maremma, who will teach you how to work with cattle and drive herds of young horses. Explore the ancient Etruscan monuments and roads and enjoy the stunning wildlife and natural beauty of central Italy.
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Trail Riding
8 days / 6 days riding
From £1,540
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Itinerary

Highlights

- Ride out from a beautiful horse farm in the middle of the Tuscan countryside - enjoy the region's verdant sun-kissed and rolling hills
- Spend one day working alongside the Butteri, Tuscan cowboys, who are always ready to share their traditions and skills with you
- Drive Maremma buffalo, cows and young horses across the Italian countryside
- Experience authentic Italian cuisine cooked by some of the best cooks in Tuscany!

** Please note there are two different options for this ride: the regular ride in beautiful country houses, and a more affortable option with overnights in tents (May) **
  • Day 1 1 : UK - ROME - CASTELL'AZZARA

    Agriturismo Il Cornacchino
    After your arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, at 16.00 you will be met by one of the local team and driven to your guest house (approx. 2h 30 mins). In the evening, you will have the chance to get settled in, to meet your guides and the other riders in your group. On the menu for the evening is a traditional Tuscan dinner after which you will spend the night at the guest house.

    There are two different options for this ride: the regular ride in beautiful country houses (October - November), and a more affortable option with overnights in tents (May). The trail and riding programme will remain exactly the same.

    Please note that the itinerary and accommodation can vary depending on the week. Some weeks start with 4 days working with the Butteri and 2 days trail riding back to Il Cornacchino (itinerary below). Some weeks start with 2 days trail riding followed by 4 days with the Butteri. Accommodation vary accordingly.
  • Day 2 2 : SAN COLOMBANO - POGGIO CONTE - 5 hours riding

    Maremma Farm
    Your first day of riding will take you through the rolling hills of San Colombano. You will cross the Fiora river and make your way through Montecalvo forest before reaching the fascinating Poggio Conte. Poggio Conte is a chapel that was inhabited and built into the surrounding rock by hermits in the 16th century. Despite being part of the hillside, the chapel's interior is incredibly detailed, including arches and painted ceilings.
    You will have your evening meal and spend the night at a cosy, rural farm house.
  • Day 3 3 : BACCANO - VULCI - 5 hours riding

    Maremma Farm
    In the morning, you will set off through the woodlands at Baccano to arrive at Vulci - a site, in the midst of rolling fields, with an Etruscan chateau set amongst the cemeteries and ruins of the ancient city . Here you will stop for your picnic lunch and make the most of your fantastic surroundings. During the afternoon, you will visit the region's archaeological park and have your first lesson in how to work with the Maremma buffalo and cattle. You will spend the night at the farm after another authentic Tuscan dinner.
  • Day 4 4 : DAY WITH THE TUSCAN COWBOYS (BUTTERI) - 5 hours riding

    Maremma Farm
    You will spend your day living the life of a Butteri, a Tuscan cowboy, working with them and the herds of cattle that roam the farm land. Lunch will be a BBQ of home-grown produce cooked in the regional style.
  • Day 5 5 : TRAIL RIDING AND AN AFTERNOON WITH THE BUTERRIS - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Maremma Farm
    A relaxing morning spent on a trail ride through Italian pastures towards Pietrafiatta, then your afternoon will be spent driving a herd of young horses. You will have your dinner at the farm and relax after a hard day's work.
  • Day 6 6 : OLPETA - CASTRO - LAKE MEZZANO - 5 - 6 hours riding

    In the morning, you will head off on the start of a 2 day ride back to the Il Cornacchino guest house where your stay began. You will travel the length of the Olpeta river then ride the ancient Etruscan roads with their paved floors, high walls and Roman ruins along the way. After crossing the Olpeta, you will climb up to the ancient city of Castro where you will come to the beautiful Lamone Forest Nature Reserve.
    The woodland here is rich with local wildlife, including various species of falcon and woodpecker unique to the area. The wood is home to stunning wild flowers and birds as well as Maremma cattle which graze in the forest clearings.
    After stopping for a picnic lunch in the woodland, you will cross rolling hills offering breathtaking panoramas before reaching your guest house for the evening. The guest house is situated near lake Mezzano, a crater lake of volcanic origin.
  • Day 7 7 : MEZZANO LAKE - CASTELL'AZZARA - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Agriturismo Il Cornacchino
    Your last day of riding will take you from lake Mezzano towards the medieval village of Sorano, from there you will continue along the deep-cut, long and winding Etruscan roads to find yourself once more in Montevitozzo. You will then make your way back to the horse farm from where set off.
    You last evening's meal will give you a chance to have dinner together, once more, over a fantastic Italian meal. You will spend the night at the farm.
  • Day 8 8 : CASTELL'AZZARA - ROME - UK

    After a final breakfast, you will be driven to the airport in Rome for your flight back to the UK. Flights booked to take off after 1:30-2:00 pm are advised.

    If you wish, you can extended your trip to visit Florence or Sienne. Tickets from Chiusi station to Florence will cost you around £14 (and are bought on location).

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights are not included.

- Groups are made up of 3 to 8 riders of varying nationalities. Your guide will speak Italian and English

- Please note there are two different options for this ride: the regular ride in beautiful country houses, and a more affordable option with overnights in tents (May 1st 2021). The trail and riding programme will remain exactly the same but the camping trail is cheaper.

- Single supplement €150/£135 per week low season, €170/£155 high season. This fee will not be charged if you are willing to share a room with another rider.

- The transfers to and from Rome airport to the guesthouse are not included in the price. Transfers are €250/£220 per person:
> Saturday pick-up in Rome Ciampino: 3:00 pm. or Rome Fiumicino: 4:00 p.m.
> Saturday departure from the centre at 9:30 a.m, arrival in Rome between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.

- It is also possible to take the train from Fiumicino airport to Chiusi Chianciano - tickets found here http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-fr. Return tickets cost around €40-€50 and the trip takes around 2 hours 40 to 3 hours. The return transfer from Chiusi Chianciano to the guesthouse is €35/£32 (1 hour drive). Transfers to and from Chiusi Chianciano train station are on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 am and between 17:30 and 18:30 pm. Private transfers can be organised outside of these hours but at an extra cost of €80/£70 return rate per person.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support team

1 English speaking horse guide and a Buterri guide for the days in Maremma

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 support vehicle and driver

Accommodation

Double rooms in guest houses or on the horse farm (in the springtime, accommodation is in tents)

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day (day 8). Red wine and water included.

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights
Transfers to and from the airport

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement if not wanting to share
  • May - June 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    01/05/2021 08/05/2021 £1,540 Guaranteed departure Book now
    08/05/2021 15/05/2021 £1,540 Full
  • September - October 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    16/10/2021 23/10/2021 £1,540 Guaranteed departure Book now
    23/10/2021 30/10/2021 £1,540 Open Book now

Equestrian info

Horses

A herd of 60 horses: Halfingers, Appaloosas, Pintos, Maremmano and Arabs. They have all been trained for outdoor western riding and trekking in particular. They are all very well trained, docile and reliable. They live year-round outdoors in small herds.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

Riders should be at ease at all 3 paces across uneven terrain. Riders need to have good control over their horses in order to be able to help the butteri (Tuscan cowboys).

Pace

You will ride at all 3 paces and regularly have the chance to trot and gallop.

Tacking ability and participation

Each person is responsible for grooming, tacking and untacking their horse. You also have the option to assist with feeding and watering.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

It is not necessary to be an extremely experienced rider, however it is preferable that you be a good rider who is confident riding outdoors.
You will be required to work with livestock and foals as well as fording some stretches of water.

Equestrian equipment

Western saddles.

Helmets are mandatory for minors. We recommend all our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

For 3 nights, you will be staying in a comfortable and welcoming guest house in the grounds of a horse farm. You will be staying in double rooms with either a private or shared bathroom.
For the other 4 nights, you will be in beautiful and comfortable farm house in the Tuscan countryside.

Meals

Your lunchtime meal will be a picnic lunch and evening meals will be had at your guesthouse for the evening. Dinners will be made from local produce.

Water and red wine are included at meal times.

Climate

Tuscany and the surrounding areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate, characterised by mild winters (between 7 and 11°C), with the occasional cold snap coming from the Apennines; however, snow is rare
The summers are hot and dry with temperatures around 27-30°C, depending on how close you are to the coast. Rainfall is at its highest during the autumn storms.

Guide and local team

Fabio has been raising, breaking in and training horses for over 30 years. He has made a reputation for himself through his skills breaking in young horses as well as reeducating, so-called, problem horses. Specialised in outdoor western riding; it is Fabio who supervises the horses' care and acts as blacksmith, as well as teaching horse riding and the taking care of the general management of the farm.
The team are all English speakers.

Tips

Tipping is not obligatory, however one can be made to the local team at your discretion.

Packing list

Head
- Wearing a riding helmet is strongly recommended and mandatory for minors. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat: cap for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper Body
- Thermals in case of cold weather (long or short-sleeved T-shirts)
- Short or long-sleeved cotton shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or T-shirt in a quick-drying material
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm Goretex-style jacket (water-proof and breathable)

Legs
- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or long leather trousers
- 1 change of trousers (riding trousers or jeans)
- 1 pair of waterproof over trousers)
- A swim suit may be useful
- Cotton or synthetic underwear (non-irritant)

Hands and feet
- 1 pair Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots.
- 1 pair of sandals
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Night gear
- Sleeping bag (if camping)
- Sleeping bag liner (if camping) - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Vitamin C tablets
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Painkillers
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than 20kg; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
Visas: If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Italy

Visas from 1 January 2021
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- you will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- if you are travelling to Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel would count towards the 90-day limit
- The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

At border control you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay, and
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
- Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Passport validity from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade à l'étranger :
    Piazza Farnese 67
    00186 Rome
    Tél. : +39 06 686 013 02
    Fax : +39 06 686 015 66
  • Ambassade en France
    51 rue de Varenne
    75007 Paris
    Tél. : 01 49 54 03 00
    Fax : 01 49 54 04 10
    ambasciata.parigi@esteri.it
  • Ambassade d'Italie
    ChancellerieElfenstrasse 14
    3006 Berne
    Tél. : 031/350 07 77
    Fax : 031/350 07 11
    ambasciata.berna@esteri.it
  • Ambassade d'Italie
    Rue de Livourne 38
    1000 Bruxelles
    Tél. : 0032/2/543.15.53
    Fax : 0032/2/537.57.56
    passaporti.bruxelles@esteri.itvisti.bruxelles@esteri.it

Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK.

For up to date information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. UK citizens will require an adapter.

Budget and money

The main currency is the euro. You will find ATM ("Bancomat") in every city, town and most villages. Both credit and debit cards are used.

Telephone and jetlag

Phone code: +39