My lessons here, including lessons on the lunge, were the best riding instruction I have ever received. My instructors understood perfectly what each horse and rider needed, and carried an array of arrows in their quiver to come up with the best approach to improve each individual. From Cristina, I finally have a taste of what is meant by Classical Dressage and how it must infuse every aspect of one's approach to the horse.
The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The evening meals, held family style at a long table, are outstanding -- fresh, sophisticated, and delicious -- and the other guests were delightful company and great horse lovers from all over Europe.
The location is ideal. My husband enjoyed a week of cycling through challenging and endlessly entertaining countryside.
The facility is well-staffed with friendly and helpful people, and the atmosphere is gracious and fun.
- 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