Meeting at the Siena railway station and transfer to the Equestrian Tourism Centre Borgo Cignano with welcome cocktail and allocation of accommodation. Dinner at Borgo Cignano, where you will meet your equestrian guides, who will introduce you the trekking program.
Riders meet at Borgo Cignano at 9.30am, horse assignment and departure to a half day tour to Monteriggioni to allow the riders to get in tune with their horses. The itinerary leads towards the hills around Cignano and Quercegrossa, covered by vineyards of the Chianti Classico and secular olive trees. Beyond the Mulino di Quercegrossa, we will ride along the mining road to reach and pass the village Lornano. Along a stretch of unpaved road and continuously surrounded by vineyards and an oak and holm forest, we will reach the flat land dominated by the Castle of Monteriggioni, built between 1214 and 1219. The Castle of Monteriggioni is even today the entrance to the territory of Siena and the area above it has been the boundary of war for centuries. After the lunch break the riders can join a guided tour to visit the castle, before returning to Borgo Cignano. Dinner at 8pm at Borgo Cignano.
Riders will be transfered to the horse stop. Departure from Monteriggioni to San Gimignano. The itinerary along a stretch, maybe the most beautiful, of the Via Francigena. The Via Francigena, already cited in 876, is part of a bundle of roads, traveled by pilgrims and called even Romee roads, that lead from western Europe, mainly from France to Rome. We will pass the territory of Abbadia Isola and ride towards the ancient hamlet Strove built in 994. We will continue towards Pieve S. Maria a Coneo, founded around 1000 and finally reach the target point of the day, the hamlet San Donato close to San Gimignano. In the evening
visit of San Gimignano and dinner.
Riders meet at the horse stop. Departure to the terrirory of Volterra. We will follow the traces of the ancient Via del Sale, called as well Via Salaiola or Via Volterrana. It’s not only a trip along panoramic roads, but a journey back in time, which takes us far away from the present and brings us close to a past Middle Age. In midst of stunning landscapes, olive, cypress and oak trees and ancient cottages, we will ride along this ancient road, that was travelled since the Middle Age by wagons filled with salt and other minerals, contributing to the economic development of the ancient Velatri, now Volterra. We will stop at the hamlet Prato d’Era. In the evening visit of Volterra and dinner.
Departure from the horse stop to Val di Cecina, crossing the fascinating area of the Balze di Volterra. The sand layer of the surface resists water erosion unlike the clay layer below, which is sected more quickly. The collapse of the soil generated by theses phenomenons creates this caracteristic and almost disturbing landscape. In this scenario, dotted with settlements even today
well identifiable as fortifications on reliefs, villages, piers and rural homes we will arrive at the stop in the Montecatini Val di Cecina area.
Departure from the horse stop to Bibbona. We will leave the territory of Montecatini Val di Cecina crossing Camporciano, home of the old copper mine. We will continue towards the Mocajo Farm and reach the hamlet of Casaglia. Arrived at the ancient Casale di Tettoia of 1400 and after having waded the river Cecina we will reach our stop at Bibbona.
After having crossed the wooded area of the Macchia della Magona, we will cross the estate of Oliviero Toscani, famous photographer and horse breeder. Surrounded by vinyards and olive trees we will arrive in Marina di Bibbona. Crossing coltivated fields, we will reach the pine forest, which runs along the coast. We will get to a sandy shore which extends itself as far as your eye can see and on which we cannot avoid galloping. After lunch and with a bit of melancholy we will start our journey back home, leaving us behind the scents of the sea and pine trees.