Full-day horseback Chianti tour and castle visit for proficient riders
Florence Country Life is proud to introduce this full-day tour aimed at medium to expert riders. This immersive experience combines a 3 to 4-hour horseback ride through the scenic Tuscan countryside, with arrival for lunch at an ancient castle of Medieval origins in the Florentine hills, now operating as a wine estate under the ownership of one of Italy's leading wine-making dynasties.
After pick-up from downtown Florence in a private vehicle, your chauffeur will take you to our riding center. During the approx. 30-minute drive out of town, you will pass through picturesque countryside.
From the stables, our horseback guide (or two guides for larger parties of guests) will take you along country tracks through the 300-hectare vineyards of the Frescobaldi family in the Chianti Rufina area, 25 km east of Florence. Depending on the riding skills of the participants, we can trot and gallop along the way, with the outward ride taking approximately between 1h30 and 2 hours in the saddle.
Upon arriving at the picture-perfect medieval Castle of Nipozzano, surrounded by manicured vineyards spreading as far as the eye can see, you will have a couple of hours to enjoy a private visit of the ancient castle rooms and the adjoining hamlet, followed by a guided tasting of 3 Frescobaldi wines (two reds and a white) and a tasty Tuscan-style light lunch.
For many years, the Frescobaldis have been welcoming visitors to their villas and castles, aiming to provide guests with a top-notch, unique, unforgettable, and timeless experience combining historic properties, world-class wines, traditional Tuscan cuisine with locally sourced produce, tailored services, and the unmatched beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
Castello Nipozzano is one of the most representative Frescobaldi estates, and where the family have chosen to house their own collection great wines, expressions of unique terroirs. Please note that should you wish to purchase some bottles from the estate shop, your chauffeur will be on site to collect and transport them for you. Larger orders can also be shipped to your home address by the Estate.
To wrap up this memorable day, another pleasant 1h30 to 2h horseback ride will take you back to the stables, and from there your private vehicle will drive you back to the starting point in the city center by late afternoon.
FROM 300 PAX
- Period: year round
- Meeting points*/Suggested departure times**:
Piazza Adua (Train Station area) at 8.15 am
National Library, Piazza dei Cavalleggeri (Santa Croce area) at 8:30 am
Meeting points map
* DDoor-to-door transfers may be arranged by prior agreement if your accommodation is outside the restricted traffic area; please inquire.
- Duration: Full day (incl. horseback ride with 3-4 hours in the saddle)
- Languages: English, Italian, French, German
- Participants: minimum 1; maximum 8
Horse ride: Minimum age: 14 years
Suitable clothing: long pants and sports shoes
Experience: MEDIUM to VERY GOOD riding skills required
- Weather policy: The tour will be carried out even in case of rain. Waterproof capes will be provided for the horseback ride.
- Cancellation policy for pre-paid tours:
1) Should Florence Country Life cancel the activity (and ONLY in this case), your options are:
1.1 Refund with voucher to take the tour the following day or at any other time, based on availability. It can also be used
towards any other tour provided by our company. The voucher is transferable and valid up to 1 year from its original date.
1.2 100% refund of the amount paid in advance.
2) Should the customer cancel the tour at ANY time:
2.1 They will be entitled to a refund of 50% of the amount paid at the time of booking.
- Customization: Vegetarian, vegan or gluten free options can be made available with advance notice.
- Payment: at the excursion start
- Reservation: Short-notice arrangements may be possible, please give us a call to check.
- Complimentary bottle of water