• Horse-ride packages around Florence

    Horseback riding and culinary tours in the vicinity of Florence

Visit the Florentine hills on horseback


Its distinguished history and traditions give Florence a special aura of nobility. In fact, there is not a single period in Italian history when the City of the Lily did not play a pivotal role, not to mention the glory and prosperity achieved by Florentine society, trade and culture in the Italian Renaissance.

This is why – despite having just 500,000 inhabitants – Florence welcomes over nine million guests every year, and is famed as the place in the world with the absolute highest concentration of artworks.


Florence Country Life wants to give visitors an opportunity to gain a wider and deeper understanding of the area by taking them through the Florentine countryside to the famous vineyard-carpeted hills of the Chianti Classico region.

Our exclusive horseback riding tours in the vicinity of Florence offer the perfect opportunity to sample Tuscan culinary products, to taste fine Chianti in traditional farms of ancient wine-making tradition, and of course to relax by the pool of noble Tuscan villas nestled in the manicured Tuscan landscape.





Anecdotes, famous quotes of famous Florentines



DANTE ALIGHIERI

The most delicious morsel
Dante was very famous at his time, as well as for his poetry, for his prodigious memory. Someone then decided to test him, curious to know if what was being said around corresponded to reality or not. Then, after meeting him at a square, a man approached him and asked him cordially:
"Messer Dante, what's the most delicious morsel?".
The great poet was unimpressed, and with confidence answered
"the egg".
The guy was apparently satisfied with the answer received and walked away in silence. However, after several years (some say five, some say ten), he met Dante again. He came to him, and without even saying hallo he just asked:
"With what?"
Dante did not flinch and said confidently:
"With salt".

Flesh and bones
The seriousness of Dante was definitely known too: it is said that he was joking very rarely and equally rarely granted a smile. One evening he was eating chicken meat  together with his friends (or at least acquaintances). After dinner, they - in an attempt to make him laugh - put all their chicken shrunken bone in the poet’s pot and said to him:

"Messer Dante, what you ate! You have committed a certain sin of gluttony!"
Dante watched the completely empty plates of his companions and replied:
"And you are dogs, because you ate meat and bones"








MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI

Lorenzo the Magnificent commissioned the young Michelangelo to realize the head of an old faun. The sculptor created the faun with his mouth open, so as to show the tongue and teeth. The Magnificent, for making fun of him, made him observe that the old men don’t usually have such a perfect set of teeth. Michelangelo broke a tooth of the faun and drilled its gum. Lorenzo was surprised by the speed and ease of mind of the young. He decided to become his protector.

An old woman of Florence, who needed a mortar, turned to all the main marble workers, who refused to engage in such a vile work and told her to turn to Michelangelo Buonarroti. Contrarily to his colleagues the artist enjoyed realizing a marble mortar finely chiseled, a true masterpiece. He did not want compensation but he asked the old woman to turn to the same marble cutters to get achieve a suitable pestle in a mortar. The old woman told him that the masons who she had addressed to were dismayed to see that work of so admirable workmanship, to the point of not being able to create an equally beautiful pestle.






LEONARDO DA VINCI

Leonardo was a convinced vegetarian and had a deep love for animals. He even was used to go  around in the markets to free the birds from cages that were ready to be sold. A contemporary of him, the Tuscan navigator Andrea Corsali, said of him that  "he does not eat anything that has blood".
To Leonardo the phrase "The day will he be thought a crime to kill an animal as a time to kill a man” is attributed.

Leonardo was the first person to observe the growth rings of trees and to understand that, by counting them, you can determine the age of a plant. From this observation a new science has born in recent years, dendroclimatology, studying climates of the past thanks to particular traces left by nature in the tree rings.






ROBERTO BENIGNI

"When you laugh you let yourself go, you are naked, you discover. When one laughs, you see a piece of his soul. When you laugh you are moving, you are shaking, you are shaking like a tree and leaving visible things of yourself onto the ground, things that other can see and maybe will grasp. The greedy and those who have nothing to offer, in fact, do not laugh “.

"Poetry is not outside yourself, it's inside yourself. Don’t ask me again what potry is, take a look in the mirror, poetry is you!"

HORSE RIDING

All our exclusive tours are individual or in small groups, with private transfer service.

HORSE RIDE AND LUNCH

You will be transferred from Florence to riding center where your equine companion will be waiting for you.

HORSE RIDE AND WINE TASTING

Horse riding and visit of a Tuscan olive oil estate with tastings

HORSE RIDE AND OLIVE OIL TOUR WITH MANOR LUNCH

CA half-hour drive to get to a riding school near Florence, where your four-legged companion you will make you discover a typical corner of the Tuscan countryside, between green hills, dotted with vineyards and olive groves.

PONIES, HORSES AND CHILDREN

Babies and children have fun in our pony-club

HORSEBACK RIDE AND FISHING IN CHIANTI

On horseback in the hills of Florence with a Tuscan lunch around a beautiful lake....

WINE TASTING IN BOLGHERI

The world's top wines Sassicaia and Ornellaia waiting for you in Bolgheri....

HORSE RIDES FOR EXPERTS

Simona and Marco have selected some magnificent trails by horseback in the hills of Florence...

AFTERNOON HORSEBACK RIDE AND SNACK-DINNER

Horseback ride on the hills near Florence and a Tuscan snack-dinner around an enchanting small lake

AFTERNOON HORSEBACK RIDE AND DINNER IN FIESOLE

Horseback ride in Chianti and dinner on a terrace with view over Firenze in a luxury hotel in Fiesole

HORSE RIDE AND JACUZZI

A unique day that will make you discover the life in Chianti.

HORSE RIDE AND FLORENTINE CRAFTSMANSHIP

A unique day that will make you discover the life in Chianti.

HORSEBACK EXCURSION AND POOLSIDE CHILLOUT WITH TUSCAN MEAL

Day at a swimmingpool of a luxury Chianti farm including a light Lunch and a room available any two persons

ITALIAN COOKING LESSON IN FARMHOUSE

You will join our master chef and prepare your own Tuscan dinner with him in a luxury farm in Chianti

CHIANTI TOUR WITH VISIT TO SAN GIMIGNANO

The Chianti hills, our wines and nice foods and the city of the towers

LUXURY HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE NEAR FLORENCE

Deluxe vacation rentals or private rooms in luxury country estates

RENAISSANCE LUNCH AND GUIDED VISIT OF A MEDICI VILLA

Half-day visit of a Medici Villa, wine tasting and Renaissance meal

HALF-DAY TRUFFLE HUNTING TOUR IN TUSCANY

Truffle hunting tour with roundtrip transportation from central Florence