If you are new to Italy or simply looking for the perfect place to enjoy a personalized horse riding experience, the Santa Cristina Castle will be one of your top picks. This 17th-century castle is sandwiched between Siena and Orvieto, about one and half hour drive from Rome. Castello di Santa Cristina is undoubtedly one of the priced historic locations for horse riding in Italy.
A lot of restoration works has been done to different parts of the castle in the past decade. This includes the out-buildings and the ivy-covered farmhouse. The purpose of the refurbishment is not to overly transform the castle to a modern edifice, rather, to carefully restore its integrity and authenticity.
Apart from the beautiful castle and breathtaking topography, Santa Cristina is also a great location to test ride your horse. There is a unique sensation that comes with riding your horse in a natural location. The horses tend to be more relaxed and freer of the tension associated with prying eyes and noise of densely populated areas.
The horses are usually a mix of warmblood and Thoroughbred crosses, and local Italian crosses. Some of the trail excursions will take you as far as the natural reserve of Selva Del Lamone, Lake Bolsena, and Proceno castle.