Horse riding break for beginners

Tuscany Region, Tuscany, Italy

4 days from
per person
£160

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Holiday Itinerary

Spend 3 nights at this wonderful family-run horse riding centre, located just a 10 minute walk from the medieval village of Montiere in the vast countryside of Maremma.
 
With the wide range of natural diversity in this area, along with Maremma cross bred horses that handle the terrain with ease, this is the perfect horse riding holiday for those that not only love horses and riding, but also adore the great outdoors.
 
Even though you may arrive as a beginner, there are lessons, trail rides and excursions that change daily for every level. Each day will bring something new as you gain confidence and explore this wild area from a whole new perspective.
 
Your team at the horse and trail centre will be there daily to make sure you get the guidance you need, and make sure you’re paired up with a great horse to explore with. Their expert knowledge of the area will have you discovering something new each day, so you will not only leave with more confidence and strength on a horse, but with an exclusive insight of this peaceful area.
 
In fact, what sets apart this unique horse riding break is that you can add on more horse riding or additional activities as you go depending on how you want to spend your time there. Feel like more time exploring the trails with your horse? Want to add on an extra lesson to improve quicker? Take the time to see the area by bicycle? There is no need to decide before you go – simply take each day as it comes and you can arrange and pay for an additional activity when you are there.
 
You’ll be staying in a cosy, rustic hotel just 300 metres from the stables & fields where 15 loveable horses roam, overlooking a gorgeous pool and stunning panoramic scenery. In your down time, embrace the outdoors and try one of the many sign-posted trails all around the area and see where you end up. Or simply make yourself at home next to the pool to enjoy the wonderful sunshine.

You’ll find it difficult not to find like-minded friends here with the activities and picnics that are offered daily, so feel free to come alone, or even come share this experience with the whole family.

Who is it suitable for?
- This horse riding holiday is suitable for beginner riders, either those with no or little experience
- This holiday is not recommended for experienced riders; please click here for the horse riding break for experienced riders option
- Horse riding is recommended for children over 6 years, however, younger children are welcome to stay in the hotel with their families 
- Please note: all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
- All horse riding lessons are taught in English and/or Italian according to your personal needs

I am a solo traveller - can I join?
- These horse riding holidays make great singles holidays and singles are welcome to join an existing group but lessons and trails will run without a minimum numbers of participants regardless
- Solo travellers must pay a supplement for a private room

When can I start?
- Holidays run from about early April to the end of October to take advantage of the best weather conditions
- Horse riding breaks are for 3 nights / 4 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
Please note, the itinerary is for guidance and can be subject to change. You will also be able to add on additional horse riding or other activities to your day when you are there. However, it is typically as follows:

- After a great breakfast overlooking the wonderful countryside, head off to meet your horses
- As a beginner rider, you will have 1 hour each day of guided tuition either as a lesson or a guided trail
- On your first day, you will enjoy an hour lesson and after, you can decide if you would like to continue with lessons or join an easy trail ride the next day
- If you choose a trail ride, you'll be able to ride through unspoiled wild countryside, cross medieval villages, thick woods and rivers
- Extra lessons and trails can be arranged daily on site; we recommend sticking with the basic 2 hours to start and adding extra activities as and when you feel like it
- After a great morning riding, relax by the pool or on the bar terrace then spend the rest of the day as you please
- If you would prefer to get out and explore the local area, you can also walk to the nearby village Montieri or drive to Massa Marittima, Siena, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano or to the beach

About the riding centre
- The Paradisi family established the hotel and stables back in 1971 and still run it today
- Sons, Andrea and Emilio, have followed in their father’s footsteps and have a passion for horses and tourism, and making people feel at home
- They work with a team of international horse lovers who can’t wait to get you riding
- The team is made up of several guides to ensure groups of mixed abilities can ride out at their own pace
- The 15 beloved horses live just 300 metres from the hotel, on a huge property consisting of 45 hectares of meadows and woodlands
- There is a small circular training area and a big ring for lessons, however with this amazing and varied natural environment, the real focus is on trail rides and exploration

About the horses
- The centre has 15 horses each with its own unique personality waiting for you
- The horses are mainly locally bred Maremma warmblood horses, Maremma cross-breeds, along with a few others
- The horses are a loving mix of small and large, young, playful, patient, and quiet and each has characteristics necessary for survival in the earlier Maremma wilderness
- Each has its own size and loving personality that can be matched to the appropriate rider and level

Additional activities and prices
Extra lessons and trails can be arranged daily on site; we recommend sticking with the basic 2 lessons to start and adding extra activities as and when you feel like it at the centre (extra activities to be arranged and paid for locally):
 
- 45 minute lesson - €25
- Half day trail ride for advanced riders (2-2.5 hours) - €50
- Full day trail ride for advanced riders (4-5 hours) - €100 (add picnic lunch for €20 extra)
- Picnic excursion (full meal including drinks in countryside) with minivan for non-riders - €20
- Bicycle rentals - € 20-30 per day (depending on the type of bike)

What will I learn?
- If you have arrived as a beginner, the aim is to get you comfortable with your horse, and that you will gain a sincere love and understanding of horses by the time your stay ends
- You will begin to develop your skills by getting up on your horse, steering, stopping and mounting and dismounting again
- Throughout the days, you’ll see your balance improve and develop control over the horse, gaining confidence and a new companion

Where will I stay?
- Your accommodation is set in the tranquil countryside; perfect for those who thrive in the outdoors
- You’ll stay in a 3 star hotel which is situated just 300 metres from the stables; it's rustic and cosy with terracotta statues, red marble stone walls, and plenty of outdoor space and views
- There are a total of 24 ensuite rooms that are perfect for solo travellers, partners, or even parties or families of 3 or 4
- Gorgeous, inground pool outside with plenty of loungers
- Jacuzzi and table tennis available for cool nights and free time
- Spacious upstairs lounge with a wood-beam ceiling, fireplace, and windows that show a picturesque view of the mountains and make you feel at home
- Restaurant, bar, small meeting room and large living area
- Fast connecting WiFi throughout
- Each room has an ensuite bathroom with shower, telephone, television, security safe, and electric kettle
- Pet friendly for all creatures great and small
- Accommodation is included for 3 nights / 4 days
- Check in any time after 2pm on day 1 and check out by 10:30 on day 4

Are meals included?
- All breakfasts are included and are a continental-style buffet breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, bread, yogurt, cheese, meat, cereal, pastries and more
- Lunches and dinners can be purchased at the hotel, which has a Tuscan style menu, and traditional dishes made from simple and local ingredients (lunches dishes are about €7-12 each, dinners at around €20 in total depending on what you order)
- Or why not stroll into the town of Montieri and dine with the locals.

What can I do in my free time?
This stunning area is known for its beautiful nature, so feel free to head out and explore and all the below activities can be arranged and booked locally:
- Additional horse riding (from €25)
- Airplane tour
- Cycling
- Hiking
- Mountain biking
- Motorbike tours
- Quad biking
- Trekking tours
- Visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano
- Walking to Montieri and its surroundings