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On the hoof: see Tuscany on horseback

Saddle up for a horseride around Tuscany

By Sean Caulfield

Love horse riding? Then you’ll be glad to hear that there are plenty of opportunities to get in the saddle during your holiday in Tuscany. Check out our tick list of the trails to follow on horseback and the stables we recommend for a good day’s trekking.

Via dei Cavalleggeri

The Via dei Cavalleggeri, or Horseman’s Way, is a 210km route once used by the cavalry that links the watchtowers that line the coast between Pisa, Livorno and Grosseto and crosses regional parks including the Maremma and San Rossore.

The Horse Trail of the Sacred Forests

A romantic landscape of historic landmarks, including the castle of San Niccolò and the abbey of Vallombrosa, awaits riders who join The Horse Trail of the Sacred Forests in the Casentino valley.

Amiata Horse Trail

The Amiata Horse Trail features two paths, one 30km long, the other 80km long, both of which wander the slopes of the mountain of the same name, dipping through ancient chestnut woods.

San Jacopo Trail

On the San Jacopo Trail, near Pistoia, you can break up the journey by visiting important sights, such as Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

Terre di Siena

Immerse yourself in the countryside around the beautiful city of Siena on the Terre di Siena trail, which takes riders through secluded woodland and vineyards, passing a number of ancient churches along the way.

Recommended stables in Tuscany include Rendola Riding near Montevarchi, Club Ippico Senese near Monteriggioni, Vecchio Texas near Greve, and Maneggio La Fiaba near San Vivaldo.

Check out this villa on a racehorse-breeding farm, one of four available to hire through To Tuscany at Agriturismo Legi.

Over 20 years ago, I moved to Tuscany with my Italian wife and founded To Tuscany as a villa rental company. Our first rentals were in a country residence in Chianti and we offered guests a tailored vacation using our local knowledge and personal service. Today, you can experience the same at over 600 superb villas.

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