I have decided (after a Real Housewives of NJ marathon) that I really want to go to Italy this spring. Not sure exactly where yet--my husband sells/lives/breathes wine, so I have a feeling we'll be focusing on regions where he most wants to drink, but probably Tuscany, Piedmont, etc.--definitely want to see Florence though.
Does anyone have recommendations on places to ride in Italy? I would love to do a whole riding vacation, but my husband doesn't ride, so I'm kinda hoping for suggestions on places where I can go out for a nice ride through the vineyards in the morning and then we can go out together and drink all afternoon. (:
il paretaeo (sp?) has gorgeous rooms and luscious food, plus wine from their own vineyard. riding is classical dressage and they'll do guided trails through the olive groves and vineyards. also within driving distance of florence.
we found a great little restaurant in a family home in the nearby town. grandpa was snoozing in front of the fireplace in the dining room, and nonna and momma were cooking, while little kids buzzed around. we were served an amazing meal, and the kitchen cat jumped up on the window next to us and purred his way onto my lap. it was altogther the most charming meal i ever had.
The stable was about 3 mi away, at the bottom of the hill. EXCELLENT facility, beautiful, happy horses. They also have a bed & breakfast on-site, give lessons, and offer trail rides and tours through the vineyards. Top drawer in every way.
I believe I have their contact information in my journal.
Though I did my riding vacation in the south of Spain I did spend some time in Tuscany that year as well. Lovely lovely lovely place. Plenty for a non-horsey SO to do. I would reccomend renting a villa, not super expensive and we loved every minute of it. The little old lady who looked after the place we rented greated us at the door with a basket of eggs from her chickens and tomatoes from her garden. (Not to mention a 10 gallon jug of home made grappa.)
However, I would advise against a riding vacation in Italy in the summer. It's H O T! Spring or fall would be much more tolerable.