Excursions on horseback

 
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The excursions can be combined due to your wishes and we are happy to discuss alternatives for you in order to provide varying tours. We have other tours to offer than this ones which are described. We carefully put the groups together so the ride experience are on the same level. The time which is indicated in the tours shows the time from that we leave Voltrona until we come back to the farm.

VOLTRONA This is the shortest excursion and it lasts about 1 hour. We go through vineyards and olive groves in the hilly surroundings of Voltrona with views of the towers of San Gimignano. This excursion suits the beginner as well as those with some prior experience. Can be booked from March to November. Cost: € 25,00 per person.

PANORAMA SAN GIMIGNANO This excursion lasts about 2 hours. We go through vineyards both up-hill and down-hill, always with the view of the towers of San Gimignano behind us. Mixed riding on gravelled roads, across meadows as well as through forests. We go along a ridge with an amazing view of the Tuscan countryside before it is time to head back for the farm. This excursion suits those with some prior experience. Can be booked from March to November. Cost: € 40,00 per person.

CASTELVECCHIO The only way to get to this historic place is by foot or by horse, an excursion that lasts 3 hours and contains climbing both up and down the ravine until we finally reach the ruins of Castelvecchio. Short guided tour of the old village dating back to the13th century. This excursion goes through a rather hilly terrain, both on gravelled roads and through forests and is perfect for those interested in combining a sense of history and being out in the Tuscan countryside. This excursion suits those with some prior experience. Can be booked from March to November. Cost including coffee break: € 60,00 per person.

SANTA LUCIA This excursion lasts about 3 hours. This tour brings us towards San Gimignano, going past small farms with vineyards and olive groves on beautiful gravelled roads. We ride short parts on the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route between England and Rome. We stop for coffee and to enjoy the view and then we ride through the small village of Santa Lucia, passing an old mill and crossing a stream, where the horses get a well-earned break to drink. This excursion suits those with some prior experience. Can be booked from March to November. Cost including coffee break: € 60,00 per person.

CASTAGNETO A 4½ hour long excursion through the nature reserve in the forests of San Gimignano. If we are lucky we may get a glimpse of wild boar, a rather common sight in the Tuscan forest. This excursion goes through a varied terrain both in forests and open landscape, on paths and gravelled roads. We pass old abandoned farms situated far away from civilization and traffic noise. Long distances where we do tölt and climbing. A lovely excursion especially in the autumn when all the colours of the trees are intense! This excursion suits those with some prior experience. Can be booked from March to November.

PICCHENA Whole day tour including lunch. We ride in an constantly changing landscape, we go through woods and later through open fields. We ride in the outside of the small village Picchena and proceed on gravveled roads towards our goal; a restaurant just a few chilometers from Castel San Gimignano. Castel San Gimignano had an important rule in the Middle age protecting San Gimignano from it’s enemies. We have a typical Tuscan lunch with products from the surroundings while the horses are resting in a small paddock. Going back home we discover a new landscape always offering stunning views.
Since the Italian summer is very hot this excursion can be booked during spring, until middle of June and autumn, from middle of September. This excursion suits riders with prior experience.

SANTA CROCE Whole day tour including lunch. This tour brings us closer to San Gimignano than previous tours. We ride “tölt” through a valley to finally reach  the ridge of a hill giving us a 360° panoramaview. We make a break at the Pietrafitta farm, one of the biggest and oldest farms in San Gimignano. We reach our final destination, Santa Croce, only 300 meters from the ringwalls of San Gimignano, where we have lunch. After an “espresso” we saddel the horses to head back home. Through vineyards, fields and valleys we finally reach the farm before dawn.
Since the Italian summer is very hot this excursion can be booked during spring, until middle of June and autumn, from middle of September. This excursion suits riders with prior experience.

In order to guarantee a place, the excursions need to be booked as you do the room reservations. Guests not staying at Voltrona are welcome to partecipate on the riding tours!