Once again, I spent a super 2 1/2 weeks at Il Paretaio during August. All of the other riding guests were very nice and interesting and I formed some new great friendships again. We had quadrille shows each Friday which is always a fun way to end the week of lessons for the guests whom only spend 1 week. Everyone was enjoying the one new chef's dinners she prepares, the breakfasts and dinners remain plentiful and delicious, the desserts are scrumptious!
My riding level improves so much each time I have spent a week or more at Il Paretaio and taken my lessons with any of the 3 instructors. I am studying Classical Dressage and Il Paretaio has the most sensitively trained horses to really help you understand how to approach riding in a much more gentle way than in Germanic dressage. The 2 owners Gianni and Cristina, and Jenny, are master teachers each in their own way. They quickly help you undo your bad riding habits and guide you how to conform to the improved way of being on a horse.
The surroundings are beautiful and tranquil and visits to many historic and interesting towns in the area are a great way to use up the time between the morning and afternoon lessons. I also had time to spend in Sienna and Florence which are 1/2 hour away, by car.
I'll be returning in 2012!
- 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