Your adventure with GIULIO:

Etruscan trail on a camping with tents

SPECIAL PRICE: 1600 $ (from 18/5 to 25/5)

BASIC PRICE:    2000 $ (Custom dates from March to October)

SMART PRICE:   The more, the merrier! 
                           5% discount on basic price for you, if you come with 1 or 2 friends.
                                               5% discount on basic price for everyone, if you come with 3, 4, 5 or 6 friends.

                                               10% discount on basic price for evryone, if you come with 7, 8, 9 or 10 friends.


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.
From the Fiora valley we arrive at the necropolis of Sovana, passing through the Etruscan caverns dug in the tufo rock. We follow along to Poggio Buco, the Lamone forest, Mezzano Lake and then make our way back to the Farmhouse , passing through the ancient village of Vitozza and the necropolis of Sorano.
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. 10
Duration: program of 8 days, 7 nights, with 6 days of trekking.
Itinerary: Farmhouse, Fiora River Valley, Sovana, Pitigliano, Ponte S. Pietro, Lamone Forest, Mezzano Lake, Vitozza, Farmhouse .
Length: Approx. 160 km
Daily journeys: 25-30 km; usually the total duration is 5/6 hours per day, divided between the longer morning ride and the shorter afternoon ride.
Difficulty: Average
Main difficulties: Some difficult terrain which our experienced horses know how to deal with.
Main gaits: Amble, trot, gallop where possible.
Maximum altitude: 860 meters above sea level
Minimum altitude: 250 meters above sea level
Terrain: Various and impressive; mountain pastures, the wilderness of the Fiora river valley and canyons in tuff-rock, the Lamone forest, Mezzano lake, Etruscan necropoles and medieval villages.
Routes: Predominantly field tracks, wooded paths, gravel roads and sunken Etruscan roads hewn in tuff rock.
The guides: One experienced guide rides with the group while the other travels with an assistant and takes the luggage to the overnight site, preparing the camp and fencing for the horses.
The horses: All the horses are trained in Western riding and particularly fit for trekking. The off-road vehicle: Allows us to move to the best suitable place for the camp, which is often set up in uninhabited areas. The off-road is always available to solve problems should they occur.
The daily ride: The total daily ride lasts about 5 - 6 hours shared between the morning (longer ride) and the afternoon.
The camp: Is moved by the jeep and two assistants to the next campsite. It carries our luggage, the kitchen camp and a large tent for breakfast and dinner, a tent for changing clothes, a water supply for personal hygiene, an electric fence for the horse pasture, and igloo tents for two persons provided with comfortable mattresses.
The picnic: Is prepared in the morning and travels in the saddlebags.
Dinner and breakfast: Are served under a large, cozy tent.
Night-time: We sleep in igloo tents fit for two, with your sleeping bag and our mattresses.

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 to the Farmhouse .

Monday 1st stage:
From the Farmhouse along the pastures of Montevitozzo to the banks of the Fiora river, stopping for a bath and the picnic. Afterwards, we ride through the Etruscan necropoles of Poggio Prisca and across ancient Etruscan cavern roads, passing by the most famous monument in this part of Etruria, the Tomb of Ildebranda. After riding across Inferno Valley and admiring the Colombaia Tomb, dug out of the rock overlooking the valley, we ride next to the ancient wall of the medieval village of Sovana. From there, we go on towards Pitigliano until we reach the camp situated on a beautiful plateau.

Tuesday 2nd stage:
From the Pitigliano campsite we ride through an ancient cavern road, crossing the Fiora River and continuing towards Poggio Buco and then to the campsite of Scarceta on the river Fiora.

Wednesday 3rd stage:
We continue our journey downstream, crossing the river many times before coming to the Olpeta cavern road (the only one in the area that contains the remains of Roman construction). Then we cross the Olpeta River and take a break near the ancient city of Castro to have our picnic. In the afternoon, we enter the Lamone Forest Natural Park where we come to the campsite surrounded by woodcutters' cabins.

Thursday 4th stage:
We take leave from the camp to visit the Lamone Forest whose abundant vegetation is home to flora and wildlife unique to the area. During our ride we'll encounter cattle of the Maremma, living in the forest clearings. In the afternoon we'll come out of the forest and cross rolling hills with spectacular panorama, finally arriving at our camp on Lake Mezzano, a volcanic lake isolated from any touristic traffic, and have time for a swim in this paradisiacal environment.

Friday 5th stage:
From Mezzano Lake, along field tracks we reach first San Quirico, then Vitozza, a village rich in medieval treasures. Its original habitations were made up of numerous caverns that served as houses until the end of the eighteenth century. From there we descend to the springs of the Lente River, then continuing towards Pratolungo, Castell'Ottieri, and Montevitozzo, before returning to the Farmhouse.

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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