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Horse Riding Holidays Italy – Castello Di Santa Cristina, Tuscany

PRICES & DATES top

Castello Di Santa Cristina: Prices 2020

This is suitable for riders, non riders, families and children and depending on their riding ability, they can ride half days or full. There are various packages available and we can also make up bespoke packages to requirements, just ask.

High Season is from 18th June to 16th September.

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Brigands Path Ride – 

  • Low Season – $1,706
    • GBP: 1,268
    • EUR: 1,404
  • High Season – $1,554
    • GBP: 1,155
    • EUR: 1,279
  • Single Supplement – $160
    • GBP: 119
    • EUR: 132

Included – All riding 5 days, 1 full day riding and 4 half days riding, accommodation, full board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Riding, Wine Tasting & Spa

  • Low Season – $1,768
    • GBP: 1,314
    • EUR: 1,455
  • High Season – $1,918
    • GBP: 1,426
    • EUR: 1,579
  • Single Supplement – $200
    • GBP: 149
    • EUR: 165

Included – 1 full day riding and 3 half days riding, accommodation, full board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, plus wine tasting at a local cellar and a half day at Sorano’s Termal Baths.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Short Breaks, Family Holidays, Self Catering
We can also put together personalised itineraries for you, which are a mix of riding and lessons, especially if you are a family of mixed levels. You can also go self catering, there are a couple of lovely cottages with their own swimming pools.

Riding & Cycling
Perfect for couple or friends where one of you rides and the other cycles!

Riding

  • Low Season – $1,554
    • GBP: 1,155
    • EUR: 1,279
  • High Season – £1,268/€1,490/$1,700

Cycling

  • Low Season – $1,706
    • GBP: 1,268
    • EUR: 1,404
  • High Season – $1,833
    • GBP: 1,363
    • EUR: 1,509

Included – All riding 1 full day and 4 half days & cycling 5 days, accommodation, full board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle. Runs Saturday to Saturday.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Please just email with your enquiry to info@zarasplanet.com.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details

Castello Di Santa Cristina: Prices 2021

This is suitable for riders, non riders, families and children and depending on their riding ability, they can ride half days or full. There are various packages available and we can also make up bespoke packages to requirements, just ask.

High Season is from 1st July to 11th September, plus Easter

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Brigands Path Ride
A full week of riding out in each day exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding the Castle.

  • Low Season – Half Board $1,547
    • GBP: 1,150
    • EUR: 1,273
    Full Board $1,735
    • GBP: 1,290
    • EUR: 1,428
  • High Season – Half Board $1,809
    • GBP: 1,345
    • EUR: 1,489
    Full Board $2,004
    • GBP: 1,490
    • EUR: 1,650
  • Non Rider Low Season – Half Board $969
    • GBP: 720
    • EUR: 798
    Full Board $1,157
    • GBP: 860
    • EUR: 952
  • Non Rider High Season – Half Board $1,238
    • GBP: 920
    • EUR: 1,019
    Full Board $1,426
    • GBP: 1,060
    • EUR: 1,174
  • Single Supplement – $172
    • GBP: 128
    • EUR: 142
  • 10% discount for group of 6 plus & 10% discount for return clients

Included – All riding 5 days, 1 full day riding and 4 half days riding, accommodation, half or full board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

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Riding & Cycling
Perfect for families, couples and friends where some of you ride and the others cycle.

  • Low Season – Half Board $1,917
    • GBP: 1,425
    • EUR: 1,578
    Full Board $2,125
    • GBP: 1,580
    • EUR: 1,749
  • High Season – Half Board $2,213
    • GBP: 1,645
    • EUR: 1,822
    Full Board $2,421
    • GBP: 1,800
    • EUR: 1,993
  • Non Rider Low Season – Half Board $969
    • GBP: 720
    • EUR: 798
    Full Board $1,157
    • GBP: 860
    • EUR: 952
  • Non Rider High Season – Half Board $1,238
    • GBP: 920
    • EUR: 1,019
    Full Board $1,426
    • GBP: 1,060
    • EUR: 1,174
  • Single Supplement – $172
    • GBP: 128
    • EUR: 142
  • 10% discount for group of 6 plus & 10% discount for return clients

Included – All riding 1 full day and 4 half days & cycling 5 days with bike rental, accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

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4 Night Long Weekend

  • Low Season – Half Board $942
    • GBP: 700
    • EUR: 775
    Full Board $1,060
    • GBP: 788
    • EUR: 873
  • High Season – Half Board $1,329
    • GBP: 988
    • EUR: 1,094
    Full Board $1,326
    • GBP: 986
    • EUR: 1,091
  • Non Rider Low Season – Half Board $552
    • GBP: 410
    • EUR: 454
    Full Board $667
    • GBP: 496
    • EUR: 549
  • Non Rider High Season – Half Board $821
    • GBP: 610
    • EUR: 676
    Full Board $935
    • GBP: 695
    • EUR: 770
  • Single Supplement – $98
    • GBP: 73
    • EUR: 81
  • 10% discount for group of 6 plus & 10% discount for return clients

Included – All riding 1 full day and 4 half days & cycling 5 days with bike rental, accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

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Family Breaks / Apartments
A great way for all the family to share an apartment and have a bit more space than staying in rooms in the farmhouse.

  • Low Season – Half Board $1,560
    • GBP: 1,160
    • EUR: 1,284
    Full Board $1,776
    • GBP: 1,320
    • EUR: 1,462
  • High Season – Half Board $1,856
    • GBP: 1,380
    • EUR: 1,528
    Full Board $2,072
    • GBP: 1,540
    • EUR: 1,706
  • Non Rider Low Season – Half Board $969
    • GBP: 720
    • EUR: 798
    Full Board $1,157
    • GBP: 860
    • EUR: 952
  • Non Rider High Season – Half Board $1,238
    • GBP: 920
    • EUR: 1,019
    Full Board $1,426
    • GBP: 1,060
    • EUR: 1,174
  • Children under 12 years old 20% discount
  • 10% discount for 2 families plus booking together & 10% discount for return clients

Included – All riding 5 hacks, accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

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Learn to Ride
A perfect mix of lessons including hacking out to put into practice everything you learned in the arena!

  • Low Season – Half Board $1,630
    • GBP: 1,212
    • EUR: 1,342
    Full Board $1,840
    • GBP: 1,368
    • EUR: 1,515
  • High Season – Half Board $1,901
    • GBP: 1,413
    • EUR: 1,565
    Full Board $2,135
    • GBP: 1,587
    • EUR: 1,757
  • Non Rider Low Season – Half Board $969
    • GBP: 720
    • EUR: 798
    Full Board $1,157
    • GBP: 860
    • EUR: 952
  • Non Rider High Season – Half Board $1,238
    • GBP: 920
    • EUR: 1,019
    Full Board $1,426
    • GBP: 1,060
    • EUR: 1,174
  • Single Supplement – $172
    • GBP: 128
    • EUR: 142
  • 10% discount for group of 6 plus & 10% discount for return clients

Included – All riding 9 hours split into 5 lessons and 4 hacks, accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

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Children & Teenager Pony Club Camp
If your kids are aged 9 up to 17 years old why not book them in for a week of Pony Cub!
Minimum 4 to run ideal for family groups, cousins, friends and Pony Clubs

  • $1,285
    • GBP: 955
    • EUR: 1,058
  • 10% discount for group of 6 children or more

Included – Days spent riding, morning lessons, afternoon hacks and the chance to learn about feeding, grooming and the overall care of a pony, full board accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the Castle, pool, tennis courts & WIFI.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Please just email with your enquiry to info@zarasplanet.com.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Castello Di Santa Cristina: Dates 2020

Open from 1st March to the 6th November.

Castello Di Santa Cristina: Dates 2021

Open from 12th March to the 14th November.

Getting There
International flight to Rome.

Transfer
We recommend you hire a car and drive to the Castle it’s within an hours drive from Rome and also gives you the opportunity to explore this glorious region outside of the castle.

We can also arrange for a train station and airport transfers.
The following costs apply for a retunrn trip in a car of up to 3 people:

Orvieto station (90km round trip) – €130
Fiumicino airport (300km round trip) – €250
Ciampino airport (340km round trip) – €275

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Castello di Santa Cristina is a strikingly beautiful 17th century castle, located just one and a half hours from Rome, between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria. With its fairy tale style turret, it’s a romantic but comfortable setting for those wishing to explore the surrounding countryside and culture on horseback. There are miles and miles of trails surrounding this magnificent estate, which are a sheer joy to explore on one of their forward going TB or Warmblood Crosses in the company of a friendly and professional guide.

All the trails are matched to the ability and preferences of the riders, experienced riders can enjoy the comfort of knowing that they can look forward to fast canters and interesting terrain on forward-going horses and equally novice riders can enjoy slower paced meanders through beautiful countryside.

Your holiday can be as active or sedate as you like or you can choose one of their flexible packages or we can tailor make something to meet your needs. Non-riders can enjoy mountain biking which is another one of Count Antonio’s passions in addition to his horses – there is a selection of bikes (including electric mountain bikes!) with well-marked trails and even the chance to meet up with riders at lunchtimes. The castle also has a wonderful pool and tennis courts, plus there is a spa nearby and opportunities for wine-tasting, golf and fishing. Lake Bolsena is fifteen minutes by car and is host to the carp fishing world championships. This is a superb base for all sorts of holidays for singles and mixed groups.

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Horses – There are 20 horses currently, a mix of mostly TB Crosses and Warmblood Crosses, ranging from 15hh to 17hh plus some smaller horses and ponies from 13.2hh. They all live out in herds in the large fields surrounding the castle with as much of a natural environment as possible.
All the horses are bought and trained by Antonio Mancini himself along with his chief Riding Instructor, Kylie Legg.

Level of Riding & Pace – Depending on the group and the program, from beginner to advanced. Beginners would start with a specialised program of lessons, working up to a possible ride out.

Tack – English.

Weight Restriction – 15 & ½ stones / 100kg / 220lbs

Group Size – Minimum 1 – Maximum 5

ACCOMMODATION top

The castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. It was once the residence of a Cardinal who housed the Vatican’s treasure here to keep it safe during the revolution in 1848… needless to say it is crammed full of fascinating artefacts. He chose the castle to be his personal residence and now his descendants, Count Antonio and his family, use this enchanting place as their country home.

The family have lovingly restored the cottages and main farmhouse, once used by local farmers. It has become 8 self-catering apartments and 14 twin or double rooms, all ensuite. They are all elegantly designed and in keeping with the old worldy feel of the castle.

The self catering apartments are all different, and include a kitchen in addition the Marta & Capodimonte cottages share a small swimming pool.

The ground floor of the farm house opens onto the main terrace, which overlooks the main swimming pool. On the ground floor, there is a large “taverna” with brick vaulted ceilings. The space is divided into three main areas: dining room, billiard room, ping-pong room, plus a large kitchen available for all the guests and equipped for cooking courses.

The food is freshly prepared and authentic, expect lots of pasta dishes and other Tuscan style dishes – think Ragu Tuscan Chicken & Lasagne!

Please Ask About

Guests are also welcome to join in on the following additional excursions, which are charged locally (prices shown are a guide);

• Sight Seeing – The castle is situated on the Tuscany border and guests can visit one of the largest lakes of volcanic origins in Europe, Lake Bolsena. This is a unique and strikingly beautiful area, rich in olive trees and vineyards, charming villages, ancient churches and artistic monuments. Just 3km away lies a fascinating village of Etruscan origin, set deep into the hillside, so there is plenty to be explored!
• Thermal Baths & Spa – Just 18 km from the Castle, near the village of Sorano, there is a SPA. You can swim in the warm waters under two waterfalls, where you will enjoy a natural Jacuzzi. You can also book a massage or other treatments in the spa next to the pool. The waters flow from a natural spring at 37 ° C. Daily rates are 14 Euros or 8 Euros for a half day, spa treatments additional charges.
• Wine Tasting is available at 15Euros per person, a visit to the local cooperative vineyard cellars of Pitigliano.
• Cooking Lessons
• Mountain bikes
• Rent a Boat – Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe has a perimeter of 60 km and a depth of 170 meters with two beautiful islands. A fantastic place for water sports or to rent a boat. On the beach of Capodimonte, an enchanting and ancient village set on a cape dominated by a fortress, you can rent a boat and visit the islands, immediately in front of the beach, or wander through the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Capodimonte pushing a pedal boat. Price on request.
• Golf – Just 10 km from the Castle GOLF CLUB ACQUAPENDENTE a par 3 golf course currently 9 holes from next year 18 holes. Here you can receive lessons with an instructor on the driving range, putting green and pitching green. Or play directly on course designed specifically to test even the most experienced players. Price on request.
• Football – In a country like Italy, where football has become over the years an important part of the culture, the Castle of Santa Cristina has a large green lawn, next to the main pool, where there is a mini football pitch, ideal for the enjoyment of children and adults. Memorable matches get under way at any time guests are ready, turning the place into a small stage for your personal Champions League.
• Tennis – The tennis court with synthetic grass, is located just off the pool with the castle as the beautiful setting of your entertainment. If required, tennis balls and rackets are available 10 Euros per hour.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

All the other Programmes are available on request.

BRIGANDS PATH RIDE

Saturday
Upon arrival in the afternoon you will check in and enjoy a welcome drink at the castle & briefing with your guide/instructor about riding and accommodation details and choice of the horses for the next few days. Dinner will be delicious!

Sunday
This morning on your first ride you will easily reach the hills framing at west the plateau on which the castle is situated. A fantastic spot for a breath taking view of the area, going from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding the little lake Mezzano on the other side.

Provided a sufficiently clear day the sea can be seen at 40 km in the distance like a glowing mirror. Starting from the castle, after 1 km. you will reach a large track winding through the beautiful hills and small woods on a steady and soft ground perfect to let the horses canter if wanted. At the end of the track you will enter a big wood named Selva di Onano. The ride is about 18 km.

Monday
From the Castle you will ride on an old track before reaching the the hills that frame the plateau to the west. You will continue through the chestnut woods to arrive at the top to experience fabulous views from the beautiful crater of lake Bolsena to the hills of the Mezzano lake. Then, if wanted, horses can be pushed into a canter following the old track crossing the plain before the lake along the fields and vineyards.

Bordering Selva del Lamone Naturale Reserve you will stop for lunch above the lake in a magical atmosphere. A small rural restaurant overlooking lake Mezzano will provide you with a beautiful view and a delicious lunch under the shade of the trees overlooking the lake.

From June to September those who want can have a refreshing swim in the lake when the season allows it. In the afternoon you will take the horses back through the wooded hills. The trail today is about 30 km.

Tuesday
Once on the Brigands track you will go north through the hills, after crossing the provincial road. The beautiful scenery of mountains and hills in front of you will open onto a nice track which will take you around Onano. Onano is a fortified village with a medieval castle in its centre, providing an interesting site for the riders.

Centuries ago, it was an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area during the middle ages. Narrow crossings will alternate beautiful open fields with a view. Once at the little medieval church Madonna delle grazie you will follow the track north through enchanting countryside back to the castle.

The afternoon ride is approximately 12 km – from the castle you will cross the hill overlooking the castle with a fantastic landscape framing the background. Mount Amiata, the Radicofani fortress, the castle of Torre Alfina are part of this wonderful picture. You will soon join a track crossing hills and valleys.

The road turns to the left and after a while the horses can be pushed at a canter on the soft but steady ground between the chestnut woods. After a few kilometres the woods give ground to the pastures full of sheep, there you reach S.Luigi a dairy farm where fabulous “ricotta” cheese is produced. From there the old estate track will take you back to the castle along the hills. Today’s ride is about 20 km.

Wednesday
From the castle you will follow an old trail down through the crater of lake Bolsena, the biggest volcanic lake in Europe. Breathtaking views of the lake will accompany your excursion all the way. Here and there, scattered around the countryside, archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs will remind you how old the beautiful land is. Once at the bottom lunch will be served on the beach of the Lake in a nice typical restaurant.

A swim in the lake Bolsena (summer) can be part of the day before hopping back on your horse. On the way back the magnificent Farnese renaissance palace in Gradoli will catch your attention while crossing the village. Once at the top of the crater of the lake an old track through the woods will take you back to the castle. The trail today is about 30 km.

Thursday
Today is a day off for local excursions. The surroundings of the castle are full of interesting archeological and historical sites. Just a few suggestions – the village fortresses of Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovano. It is definitely worth visiting the marvellous Italian gothic church of Orvieto – Civita di Bagnoregio, called the ‘Dying Town’

Friday
Following an old Etruscan trail, you will ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding lake Bolsena. Here, you will enjoy remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent volcanic lake and the panorama dominated by the famous Farnese palace in Gradoli. A gift made by the Pope in 1500 for his nephew for his wedding – what a present!

You will return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. In particular, you will enjoy a canter across a tunnel made my oak trees above an old shepherds path.

Saturday
Breakfast and departure.

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