Tuscany on Horseback

Friday, August 24, 2012

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While Tuscany villas are a perfect base from which to explore this stunning Northern Italian province, tourists visiting both from abroad and from other parts of Italy will no doubt want to extend their reach beyond the immediate area they are located in. And while there are a number of ways to do so, some of them may be somewhat limiting (one’s own two feet), or not sufficiently exciting (a car or public transportation do not exactly make for a unique experience).

Fortunately, the region offers a wealth of other options which are bound to please denizens of Tuscany villas looking for a bit more excitement in their holidays. And in that respect, fans of horseback riding will no doubt be pleased to know that the Northern Italian region provides plenty of opportunities for them to engage in their pastime of choice.

In fact, Tuscany’s many wine trails, country roads, and unspoilt scenic routes should provide more than enough arguments for horse-riding enthusiasts to leave the comfort of their Tuscany villas and head out on one – or more – days of somewhat rougher, but no less enjoyable living..

Some of the most famous dedicated horse trails of this region include the appropriately named Via de Cavaleggeri (Horseman’s Way), which links coastal watchtowers between Pisa, Livorno and Grosseto, and crosses several natural parks; the Horse Trail of the Sacred Forests, which goes by numerous historic spots, such as castles, abbeys and monasteries; the more nature-based Amiata horse trail; or the Jacopo Trail, which follows along more touristy routes and allows riders to visit numerous sites of historical and cultural interest, including Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace. Finally, the Terre de Siena horse trail proposes a tour through the Sienese countryside, while providing easy access to the region’s main attractions, such as Piazza del Campo or Torre del Mangia.

Horse-riding aficionados are well advised that to drag themselves away from their Tuscany villas and head out onto the horse trails this spring and summer will be a worthwhile excursion!

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