The nice countryside hotel Prategiano is situated in a panoramic position near Massa Marittima, half way between Siena and the sea and offers comfortable accommodation, tuscan kitchen & daily picnic excursions. It is a perfect place for beginner and expert riders as well as for non-riders, hikers and mountain bikers.
Examples for full day rides:
Lagoni: Discover the hot springs and sulphur vapours that gush out of the ground mark the Cecina valley. Our horses are used to the hissing sound of the geysers, so you can quietly study from horseback how geothermal energy is used.
Mines of Gerfalco: A wild-romantic path leads to the former silver mines, from where there is a wonderful view to the sea and over Maremma Tuscany. The afternoon ride takes us through the small medieval alleys of the village of Gerfalco, followed by a bizarre landscape of meadows with unusual layers of Tuscan earth colours.
Galleraie: The ride to the springs of the Cecina and along the river leads us to the hotel Galleraie, where we visit ruins of antique baths from the time of the Etruscans. In the afternoon you have an endless view over the provinces of Grosseto and Siena.
Prata: Old trade and animal paths cross through these native forests. In this area of Alta Maremma Toscana one often meets wild animals such as fox, deer, wild boar or porcupines. From the "Poggio di Prata" you can enjoy a wonderful view to the sea and to the island of Elba. A full-course picnic awaits us near the mining village of Prata.
Boccheggiano: We ride to the mines of this village, which were once worked for pyrite. The number of mines no longer functioning is an indication of how successful the region once was and how times have changed today with the continuous out-migration of this industry.
Chiusdino: This day ride will take you from the wild Maremma Toscana through the typical agrarian country of the Sienese hilly landscape that so typifies Tuscany. While wandering through the village of Chiusdino, enjoy the picturesque view of the Merse valley.
River Merse: Overgrown fruit trees surround crumbling farmhouses and, depending on the time of year, invite you to a fruit snack. Ride through the crystal waters of the Merse River, experience how nature has recaptured former agricultural land through the years. On warm days the high point of the riders' week is a swim for riders and horses in the river. After the picnic we have the possibility to visit the abbey ruins of San Galgano. Feel the indescribably mystical atmosphere around the standing remains of the Romanesque chapel, making this one of the most interesting visits in Toscana.
The minimum rate includes 1 night b&b and one hour of horseback rdiing. The maximum cost includes full board, 7 nights + 5 full day riding tours.
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