Siena, Italy

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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Giddy up! Traverse the hills of Tuscany via a unique mode of transportation with this 2.3-hour guided horseback tour from Siena. Roam the rolling hills, some clad in grapevines, others blanketed with olive groves, as you and your horse calmly explore the region. Follow the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route, and pass through rustic villages, all while learning about the history of the place from your guide. See stunning scenery that you would not have had the chance to encounter.
  • 1.5-hour horseback riding tour through Tuscan hills and villages
  • Ride a horse that is suited to your ability and confidence
  • Follow your guide along horseback-riding trails used by ancient pilgrims walking the Via Francigena
  • Ride through open countryside, woods and pretty Tuscan villages
  • Round-trip transport from Siena to the Tuscan countryside by air-conditioned minibus
Depart from the center of Siena and head out for the range -- that is, the hills of Tuscany. First hop in a comfortable minivan and go to the stables to meet your horse. After a brief safety talk, put on your riding hat and hop on the saddle. Do a quick practice riding session in a riding arena and when you're comfortable on your gentle horse, set off for the rustic Tuscan countryside. 

Start out riding at a leisurely pace, following your guide, as you trot long secluded road and then into verdant forests. Follow trails that zigzag through the countryside and go through ancient rustic villages. Marvel at the countryside, which includes a patchwork of quilt-style landscapes, as well as villa-crowned hills and ancient villages made up of terra cotta-roofed house.  Some of these trails are used as part of the Via Francigena, a centuries-old pilgrimage route that stretches from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome. 

While the riding tour is more for novice or intermediate riders, more advanced riders will be given the chance to trot or canter through stretches of the countryside. After about 90 minutes on the trail, head back to the stables. Help groom and unsaddle your horse  and then get in the minivan for the short drive back to your hotel in central Siena.

Reviews

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K
, May 2018

Not sure where to begin. Sadly, my wife and I did not have the same experience as all the previous reviews. Perhaps different stables are used.

In full disclosure, this was my first experience riding horses. No previous skill. So I had no presumptions of it being a perfectly smooth ride. But when the description stated that all levels of skill would be welcome, I had no concerns. I expected some introduction on how to ride and control the horse, but that never happened. Simply, here's your helmet and off you go...and did we ever. We did not travel down a path as shown in the tour picture, but instead began by going up a steep climb. Eventually, we turned into the woods down a very narrow path that had been washed out from recent heavy rains. The trail was so deep in mud that the horses found it slippery. It made them skittish and unstable. Mine eventually slipped and fell down. I was thrown from the horse, but somehow I walked away with just scrapes and bruises....nothing serious. The guest behind me said he couldn't believe I wasn't seriously injured. Fortunately, the horse was ok as well. One other guest was thrown from her horse too. After getting back to my feet, wiping off the mud, and eventually finding my horse, I was able to climb back up and continue the journey through the muddy trail. After a nervous 25 minutes, we returned to the stables. I was so glad to be back on my feet and heading home in one piece.

Some other issues we had with the tour...

1. No responses to the two messages I sent prior to the tour asking for clarification as to the tour location. We were staying in Poggibonsi, not Siena. When we never head back, we decided to drive to the meeting point in Siena 40 km away. It turned out that the stables were only 7 km away Poggibonsi. Very frustrating.
2. Despite being listed as an English speaking tour, no one did. Not the driver, not the stable hands who helped us onto our horses, and not the tour guide.
3. Except for the other guests, no one bothered to ask if I was ok after falling. No one from the tour checked on me immediately after falling or upon returning to the stables.
4. Was so busy trying to control the horse that I never got to see the Tuscan Hills

Would give 0 stars if possible. Would NOT recommend.

J
, Oct 2017

Though the horseback ride was livelier than the slow plod I had been expecting, the scenery was unbelievable. A lovely ride through vineyards, forests, olive groves and fields with gorgeous views across miles of greenery to the distant towers of San Gemignano, Montereggioni, Chianti, completely unobstructed by roads, power lines, cars, railroads, etc. The guide, Marco, was pleasant, calming and reassuring.

R
, Apr 2017

We had high expectations of this tour, and they were exceeded! We had a wonderful ride through the Tuscan hills, guided by Francesco and accompanied by his assistant and Aki the dog, who sniffed out pheasants and led the way for our little group. We rode at a leisurely pace through all sorts of terrain, each with its own distinctive beauty. We were collected from our hotel in central Siena and dropped off there following our ride and handled warmly, kindly and professionally all the way. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and highly recommendable.

E
, Jan 2017

loved it, great horses, views, and people! my mom and i did a1.5 hr trail ride.

M
, Oct 2016

Beautiful scenery throughout the whole ride. Very good guide and driver. Well kept healthy horses.

D
, Sep 2016

Excellent hosts, the staff and owner were gracious and very accomodating to our needs. The group of riders ranged from 'never on a horse' to experienced riders and every one of us enjoyed the ride.
Thanks for a terrific experience.
DH

A
, Jul 2016

No experience necessary, very gentle and interesting ride through the fields and woods of the Tuscan countryside. Very pleasant and a nice experience, well worth doing!

M
, Jun 2016

I expected a bit more of actual explanation about the region, the area, etc... But it was just a horse back riding walk through the fields around an Equestrian Club. Nevertheless, it was a nice experience.

s
, Apr 2016

This was nice to ride in the Tuscan Hills, the views were beautiful. All you did was walk on the horse, great for people who don't ride much.

H
, Jun 2015

We really loved the tour-it was run very efficiently and safely! The sights and trails were beautiful! Our trail guide pointed out various highlights during the trip.


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