Horseback Riding in Tuscany from Siena
- Equestrian experience: Never climbed into a saddle before? No problem! The experienced riding school staff will make you feel confident before setting off. Helmets included. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
- Tuscan countryside: Breathe in the fresh air of the country that has inspired men and women since time immemorial. Take in the scenery as you pass vineyards, forests, and the undulating foothills of the beautiful Italian piedmont.
- Unforgettable adventure: Settle into your saddle and relish the journey. National Geographic lists a ride through Tuscany as one of the top ten horseback rides in the world.
About this Siena Tour
For as long as people have been riding them, horses have held a special place in the imagination. Come to know the ancient truth behind the countless books, songs, and movies that have been written about the special bond between people and these majestic animals on a horseback journey through the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Leaving busy Siena behind, you'll strike out into the country in the comfort of a private van. Prepare to meet new friends at an old riding school tucked away in the Tuscan hills, the horses who will be your trusty and gentle companions as you trek the verdant fields. Experienced equestrians will be waiting for you, so you'll be good to go in no time at all, even if you've never been on a horse before.
Feel the pleasant warmth of the Mediterranean sun, cooled by the rolling hills that make up the majority of Tuscany's terrain. Notice the ancient villas and ride past more vineyards than you could have imagined. In fact, Tuscany is the third-most planted region in Italy. Trot past olive groves, skirting the native woods that dot the land. Let nature surround you and bring peace to your soul. Unwind and let your four-footed companion bear you along on a relaxing ride.
There's an old saying that goes, "the way to heaven is on horseback." You'll be able to verify personally the accuracy of that statement after joining this GoBe tour. As you experience the countryside of Tuscany from the back of a horse, you'll get a new perspective on an old Italian way of life.
Go speed racer
While you will enjoy the Tuscan countryside at a relaxed pace, the horses of Siena have engaged in a much faster event for centuries: the Palio races, held twice every summer in Siena's Piazza del Campo. This race, which dates back to the 1600s, pits ten of the city's administrative neighborhoods (contrada) against each other in a bareback sprint around the track. The whole thing lasts about 90 seconds. Earlier races may have taken longer, since jockeys rode on buffalos or donkeys, not horses! In the modern race, however, the horses are the real stars, and a horse can win the race even if its rider falls off.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Don't forget your camera for those wonderful photo opportunities. It is compulsory to wear a riding helmet.
This tour is described as strenuous due to the nature of the activity. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic
7-seat Minivan; Horse
English, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 14 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended if you suffer from back, joint or neck problems.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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