horses, including Lipizzaners, Anglo-Arabs and Maremmani.
When to go: Relatively temperate climate means riding is possible year-round, but Cambria recommends considering a winter
visit to make the most of the area’s tranquil setting.
/ Medieval Tuscany /
With medieval castles, vine-yard-cloaked hillsides, and the Apennines Mountains on the horizon, Tuscany all but demands to be explored
from the saddle.
Outside the city of Siena atop the
rolling, forested acres of the Tocchi
Natural Biogenetic Reserve, Vittorio
Cambria’s Villa Ferraia blends ancient
simplicity with modern luxury. Alternately, apartment-style accommodations are available just a mile away at
Castello di Tocchi, a medieval village.
Both Villa Ferraia and Castello
di Tocchi can help coordinate rides
with Cambria’s nearby stables at La
Ripa. The organized half- and full-day
excursions take experienced riders
back in time. Tours follow dirt paths
and wind through forests, connecting
medieval castles as people might have
hundreds of years ago.
Rides can be scheduled daily or
alternated with other activities, such
as Italian language courses or old-style
cooking classes. La Ripa has about 20 T H I S P A