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Strada delle Ginestre, 12, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
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Il Paretaio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Il Paretaio is absolutely amazing, the whole package in one. The food is amazing, the horses are amazing, the riding is amazing just everything is amazing. Every night we can't wait until the food comes out, the food is like eating at a 6 star restaurant :D. The riding is so fantastic i can't even put it into words. Overall... More

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Sjobo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday! We had a very nice time at Il Paretaio, good food, nice rides, competent staff – an outstanding ridning center. The dinners in the big diningroom at the big diningtable all visitors together was one of the highlights of the day. Except for the ridning of course. Our plans for the stay... More

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Austin, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Our inquiry into our stay at Il Paretaio began with emails with Carla who was super helpful and accommodating. We changed our plans several times and she was patient and helpful. Staying at Il Paretaio is just like being welcomed into someone's home (or if you're a rider, into a new barn). I felt so at home at the barn,... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I spent a week at Il Paretaio as a solo traveler. My main goal was to improve my dressage, something I'd being trying to do for some time now. One week of instruction at il Paretao was worth more than 15 years of training in my home country! My goals of riding a well trained horse correctly on the bit,... More

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Polegate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

It's true, Il Paretaio is Heaven. The people, the horses, food and atmosphere all intertwine to produce something precious and so, so special that words really cannot do justice to Il Paretaio. Cristina and Gianni have created something amazing. Their passion is infectious and their hospitality out of this world. Whilst I may sound overly complimentary I challenge anyone to... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We returned home from our third trip to Il Paretaio and are both missing it already. The setting is stunning, the staff are all so friendly and helpful, the horseriding and tuition superb and the food is the best we've tasted anywhere. It is also an ideal base for sightseeing and just relaxing. Already planning trip number four.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A wonderful break spent at Il Paretaio, my only complaint is that I had to come home at the end of it! The quality of the teaching was exceptionally high, and seemingly available in a variety of languages, and the owners' uncanny ability to match horses and riders meant that every lesson was enjoyed to its full. The atmosphere and... More

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Nesodden Municipality, Norway
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I have been to Il Paretaio many times. I love the place, I love the landscape, I love the instructors and I love the horses! Last autumn I went with a friend who was new to Il Paretaio. This friend had thought that she would never ride again after an injury, but now she is back on the horse after... More

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New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I spent 4 weeks at il Paretaio mid October into November and the weather could not have been better. October is a perfect month to be taking riding lessons, during the day we rode in t-shirts but at night just cool enough to have the fire going in the huge fire place while having dinner. At dusk we saw the... More

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6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have booked five weeks starting at the end of April. I spent five weeks at il Paretaio this fall, riding, touring the gorgeous countryside and visiting my favorite hill towns and museums. I also had time to work on my watercolors! I had such a wonderful time, meeting guests from all over Europe, and chatting after dinner at the... More

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Address: Strada delle Ginestre, 12, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Il Paretaio Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany

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IL PARETAIO is a classical riding centre situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and woods. Its central location, in the Chianti area, makes it a good base for touring the area without changing accomodation (Florence and Siena are just 30 min. by car; San Gimignano only 20 mins). We offer riding programmes for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced or hacking out in the wonderful tuscan countryside. ... more   less 
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