Your adventure with GIULIO:

Etruscan trail

SPECIAL PRICE: 1900 $ (from 18/5 to 25/5)

BASIC PRICE:    2300 $ (Custom dates from March to October)

SMART PRICE:   The more, the merrier! 
                           5% discount on basic price for you, if you come with a friend.
                                               5% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 3, 4, 5 or 6 friends.

                                               10% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 7, 8, 9 or 10 friends.

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Description

Duration: one week, 6 days on horseback
We explore the ancient paths of the Etruscans, the early inhabitants of Italy - long before the age of the Roman empire. We ride from the mountain pastures, following the wilderness of the Fiora river valley through canyons cut by rushing streams in tuff rock, the Lamone forest, the hermitages near the lower reaches of the river Fiora, lake Mezzano, an Etruscan necropolis and medieval villages.
The program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Track / Route

Number of participants: Min. 4 - Max. 8
Length of trek: 8 days and 7 nights with 6 days of riding.
Itinerary: Farmhouse, Fiora River valley, Sovana, Pitigliano, Ponte S. Pietro, Lamone Forest, Lake Mezzano, Vitozza, Farmhouse.
Length: Approx. 180 km total with daily trips of 25 to 40 km.
Difficulty: Average.
Main difficulties: Some difficult terrain which our experienced horses know how to deal with.
Main gaits: Amble, trot, gallop where possible.
Altitude: Maximum. 860 m. minimum 250 m. above sea level.
Terrain: Predominantly mountain paths, ancient Etruscan roads cut deep into the tuff rock, country roads and dirt roads
The guides: An experienced guide rides with the group while an assistant takes the luggage to the overnight site and prepares the fencing for the horses.
The horses: All the horses are trained in Western riding and particularly suitable for trekking.
The stages: Each stage lasts about 5 - 6 hours shared between the morning (longer ride) and the afternoon.
The minibus: carries our luggage and may be used for some of the transfers.
The farmhouses: are carefully chosen by us taking into consideration their typicality, comfort, cuisine and stables for the horses and equipment.
The picnic: Is prepared in the morning and is taken to destination by mini-bus or carried in the saddlebags.
Dinner and breakfast: Are served in the farm house using typical local products.
Night-time: Accommodation is in double rooms, single room if available on request.

Programme

Saturday: Arrival and accommodation at the farmhouse. In the evening, meeting with the guide and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.

Sunday: Entire day on horseback to verify horse & rider compatibility, with picnic and return at the farmhouse.

Monday 1st stage: From the farmhouse along the pastures of Montevitozzo to the banks of the Fiora river, stopping for a swim and a picnic. Afterwards, we ride through the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana ( Poggio Prisca) and along ancient Etruscan roads (Vie Cave) cut deep into the tuff rock more than 2000 years ago passing the most famous monument in this part of Etruria, the Ildebranda Tomb. Our ride takes us past the ancient walls of the medieval village of Sovana. From there, we continue towards Pitigliano and our accommodation. Dinner and night's stay.

Tuesday 2nd stage: We take the ancient San Giuseppe Etruscan road to Pitigliano, then along the Frate Nuti Etruscan road and through vineyards and olive groves until we cross the Fiora River and continue towards the necropolis of Poggio Buco. We continue to follow the river until we reach the farmhouse where we will stay for two nights. The farm breeds and trains Maremma horses using traditional methods and the owners have a private collection of Etruscan artefacts which they are happy to show to guests.

Wednesday 3rd stage: We'll take a circular route along the lower reaches of the river Fiora taking in the hermitage of Poggio Conte, where 16th century hermits built a chapel entirely dug out of the tuff rock, and the hermitage of Rioatonna Cicognina. Return to our farm house accommodation with a ride along the bed of the Olpeta torrent.

Thursday 4th stage: Our journey continues along the Olpeta deep cut Etruscan road (the only one in the area that contains the remains of an ancient Roman road). Then we cross the Olpeta River and climb up to the site of the ancient city of Castro. Here we enter the Lamone Forest Nature Reserve. This dense woodland, with its wild flowers and birds such as woodpeckers and various species of falcon unique to the area, has grown up on rocky terrain of volcanic origin. During our ride we'll encounter cattle of the Maremma breed, living in the clearings of the forest. We stop for our picnic then leave the forest and cross rolling hills with spectacular views and reach our accommodation near lake Mezzano, a crater lake of volcanic origin, an absolute paradise, where we will have time to enjoy a swim.

Friday 5th stage: From lake Mezzano, riding along field tracks we reach first San Quirico, then Vitozza, a village rich in medieval treasures, castle ruins and a church alongside numerous caves that served as houses until the end of the eighteenth century. From there we descend to the source of the Lente river, climb up to Sorano, then continue along Etruscan roads. Our journey continues toward Montevitozzo, before returning to the farmhouse . In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive small souvenir and a map of our journey.

Saturday: Breakfast and departure.


General notes and informations

There are two ways to enjoy a trekking experience!
Choose an offer in our programme or request your personal trekking experiences of varying durations and accommodation packages, for groups of 5 persons min.
Saturday night arrival at the Farmhouse and the first consultation. We'll discuss how the trek is organized and where we will go, while you talk about your experience on horseback so that the guides will be able to match horse and rider.
The accomodations
There are two different types of accommodation on the trek, either in agrituristic establishments on the way, or sleeping in tents under the stars.
Meals
Our pic-nic is prepared in the morning and is packed in the saddlebags.
Horses
Your horse is assigned after a chat with the guide, who matches horse with rider. His or her decision is based not only on horse-rider experience but also on personality factors. On Sunday we'll take an all-day ride to try out the horse, tack and equipment.
The tack
The equipment consists of a Western saddle with the addition of saddlebags for the transport of personal objects and the picnic.
Daily rides
A day stage usually the duration of each day's ride is between 5-6 hours.
Riding gear
Your riding gear should be comfortable and most importantly, should not be brand new (especially footwear), since new gear often holds unpleasant surprises. The footwear should be comfortable not only for riding, but also for walking, with a hard sole that permits a good contact between foot and stirrup. Footwear with a slick sole and very tight clothing should be avoided. The trousers should be comfortable and robust. You may also need a raincoat (available for rental), a hat for protection, a portable light, a small knife, swimwear, and a sleeping bag; you should bring along a light jumper for the evening. The belongings together should not be too bulky since there is limited space on the transport vehicle and in the saddlebags. Please avoid suitcases with a hard surface.
First aid
Your guide can provide basic medication and will take along a first-aid kit on the trek. Any health conditions that require special medication should be brought to the attention of the guide before departure on the trek. Allergy sufferers should bring their own medicines, as those who suffer allergies from common medications.
Accomodation in tents
Organisation of a trekking experience in tents

Overnight stays in tents in campsites which we specially equip gives our guests a fascinating experience. We set up our campsites in areas far away from city lights and noise, allowing us to discover nature that is untouched by human habitation. Also, the chance to stay together in the evening around the campfire gives each trek a unique quality, making the experience a true journey in every sense.
Travelling
The travel is the greatest pleasure for a rider who loves nature. Participating in the trip and assisting both in the care for the horses and in the workings of the camp makes the holiday more pleasing and complete.
Guides
Two guides accompany the riders on horseback and another guide travels with an off-road vehicle and organizes the camp.
Off-road vehicle
Transports all of the necessary equipment including our guests' baggage.
The camp
The tent camp consists of a large tent with chairs and tables which we use for breakfast and dinner, a changing tent, igloo tents for sleeping up to two guests which are equipped with comfortable mattresses, a portable kitchen ready to satisfy the biggest appetites, and a water supply for drinking and personal hygiene. For our horses, we supply a portable fence, horse feed, and hay, if necessary.
The camp kitchen
We have designed a trailer which is equipped with all the cooking and refrigeration equipment necessary to offer you delicious meals which you can enjoy seated together under the dining tent.
Accomodation in agrituristic establishments
For those who enjoy travelling on horseback but prefer to sleep indoors, we organize treks with accommodation in agrituristic establishments. The organization of these treks is the same as for those organized in tents, with the exception of dining and sleeping arrangements. We have chosen the best agrituristic establishments of the zone in order to offer you the chance to enjoy the authentic cuisine and products of southern Tuscany.

 
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