It was our sixth stay at Il Paretaio at Easter this year and our two sons would like to go back right away. I have to add that we usually don't return to places - Il Paretaio is an exception. Why is this so? First of all it is located beautifully in the Tuscan countryside - we love the old farm house, its garden and the view over the hills. As this was our first visit during the cold season we experienced the big dining room upstairs with a fire on in the fireplace all the time. This was very comfortable. The riding lessons were excellent - all of them. It's a very special instruction in small groups of up to three riders and it enables everyone to have these rare moments of "enlightenment" on horse back. The owners Cristina and Gianni of course have made all this possible. It's all based on their philosophy of horse riding and they are wonderful instructors very much supported by Jenny whose lessons we also enjoyed. Our sons had the pleasure to be partly instructed by Pietro - they really liked his creative activities and exercises and learned a lot. We like the rooms for their simplicity and style and we find the food delicious. The long dinners in the evening, in good company with other guests from many different places are very special too and are a great way of communicating across cultures. For those who are non-riders - there is a lot to see and do with San Gimignano only 15 minutes away, Certaldo, Siena, Florence... For those like us who ride and take two lessons a day there is little time (and energy) left after the riding. So now we already look forward to our next stay at Il Paretaio on 2014.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Il Paretaio Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany