IN THE NATURE OF TUSCANY
& Friends arranges a fascinating
full-day tour to the charming
area of the hills around Livorno.
The tour is focused on a wonderful
horse riding trek and on a
visit to a small and very picturesque
This tour is available for a maximum
of 6 people.
Here the outline:
8.30 am - Private transfer
by minivan (up to 7 people) from
the port of Livorno. Our English speaking
operator meets you directly at
the ship in the morning at your
convenience and tours you for the
whole day. The tour leader gives you
an interesting introduction
to the region Tuscany, its uses, facts
and history, while reaching the place.
French, German, Russian, Spanish and
Italian are also possible.
am - In just 30 minutes
we reach the riding ground and meet
our experienced horse riding guides.
We familiarize with the peaceful
and well-trained horses by cleaning
them and saddling them before we start.
am - The horseriding excursion
is set in a charming countryside
of hills, gravel roads and
pathways in the woods. The gait
is mostly walk of little difficulty
but some trot is possible for expert
am - The destination of the trek
is the Sanctuary Madonna dei Monti:
a breathtaking panoramic hilltop
with a small rural church and
an unforgettable atmosphere of peace
am - The excursion continues across
the small village Sant'Ermo
and pauses at a small and picturesque
agriturismo for a 1-hour lunch
break, where selected local specialities
are served in a very beautiful setting.
pm - In the afternoon we get back
to the riding ground and from here
we drive 10 minutes and reach the
entrance of an enchanting medieval
town where we walk through the
narrow lanes leading to the Castle
of the Vicars, on the hilltop.
We walk in a circle along breathtaking
panoramic castle walls before
getting into the old rooms and down
to the underground dungeons, once
called "the Hell".
pm - Opposite the castle is a
world famous family-run pasta factory
and its odd premises right in
the old town. We visit the pasta workshop
and see how the small machinery makes
Spaghetti, Penne or Maccheroni.
leaving the town we also taste a locally
produced cherry liquor.
4.30/5 pm - Return within
the early evening, depending on
the docking time of the cruiseship.
- Allergies: riders must bring any
drug they make use of in case of allergies.
They also must inform the guides in
case of allergies towards common medicines.
comfortable clothes are recommended.
To avoid bites of insects, sandals,
shorts and T-shirts are not suitable.
- The use of caps is compulsory
- Children under 14 years are not
allowed to ride.