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Il Paretaio

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Strada delle Ginestre, 12, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Il Paretaio
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no summer holiday without a riding holiday at Il Paretaio! You feel like at home and you can enjoy riding twice a day, and the wonderful food and scenery around. Easy to drive from e.g. Florence or Pisa. Staying at the farm is very homely and relaxing. The dinner in the evening is highlight of the day (together... More 

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful B and B in the hills of Tuscany is a perfect place to enjoy Tuscan cuisine and some of the best riding instruction there is. My week long holiday also included Yoga for riders by the pool and riding lessons each day with the exceptional horses at Il Paretaio. No big group classes just very personal instruction. Christina,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just returned from a weeklong yoga and horseback riding retreat, arranged by a yoga instructor/horseback rider and Il Paretaio. The yoga portion of the program (one morning session, one evening session) was geared towards the rider - stretching and opening to improve breath and balance. All of which complimented the excellent riding instruction provided by Cristina, Giovanni, Pietro and staff.... More 

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Benton, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I spent the best 4 days of our 2 week Italian vacation here. Gianni and Christina are wonderful hosts and made us feel most welcome. By far, the best meals we had in Italy were here. My wife rides and took a lesson. I received an "assessment" lesson prior to going on a hack in the hills... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

First of all, the setting is stunningly beautiful whether you ride or not. As other reviews note, this is a B&B, not a hotel, so you don't get hotel service. But the food is hearty family style Tuscan food. And the rooms are lovely with marvelous views. I came for a week by myself and took the dressage package. I... More 

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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Il Paretaio is such a special place. The standard of instruction, whether you are a complete beginner, a novice or an experienced rider is superb, the welcome is so warm, the accommodation charming and authentic, the views simply spectacular and the food simply wonderful. And the horses... what can I say, they are just fabulous. So beautiful, so responsive, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A stunning place to spend some time relaxing, also eating, drinking and meeting wonderful people...and of course the lovely and well looked after horses. I had one of the lovliest weeks I've ever had, thank you Cristina.

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Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Charming country house, nice Tuscany scenery, great place to unwind. Unpretentious traditional Italian meals - dinner was 4 course. Excellent riding centre, lovely and discipled horses. Friendly staff, they really make you feel at home...San Gimignano is about 20 mins away by car.

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Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have stayed at Il Paretaio three times in the last 10 years and every stay has been lovely. This is not the place if you're looking for luxury and room service. But for a genuine Tuscan experience, beauty, charm, a warm welcome and delicious homestyle cooking, Il Paretaio can't be beat. The food especially is in a class of... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What a lovely 2 weeks again at il Paretaio! Home away from home after 10 years of going there to take lessons or help working in the stable. A calm environment on such a beautiful property restores my sanity when I arrive there from New York city. The young horses I learnt on many years ago are by now masters... More 

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