Horse riding

In Maremma it is possible to organize riding courses, trekking and splendid horseback riding organized by agritourisms and equestrian centers. The farm and the various itineraries are promoted by the Via Equestre Toscana.

Herdsmen on horseback – The Butteri are the most representative symbols of the Tuscan Maremma (Photo by tpzz61)

Maremma is the land of the mythical Butteri, the characteristic herdsmen on horseback, the last representatives in Europe. The beauty of the territory and the variety of landscapes that are crossed on the back of the local horse breed, the Maremma horse, make this land a particularly suitable place for the practice of numerous equestrian activities. In the equestrian centers of the Maremma it is possible to do riding courses for adults and children with qualified instructors, horseback riding and trekking throughout the Province of Grosseto up to Monte Amiata, courses of technical and competitive improvement and for the acquisition of FISE licenses, fully customizable equestrian weeks and summer school camps for children. Many Maremma farmhouses also make their horses and their own riding school available to their guests, with the possibility of organizing riding lessons, trekking and horseback riding that can last from a few hours to a few days, depending on the requests and skills. of the knights. On the saddle of your horse you can visit suggestive places and cross beaches, marshes, hills and woods of the Grosseto and Livornese Maremma. For those wishing to personally experience the trade of the buttero, it is possible to work closely with the herdsmen, witnessing the taming of the horses and the branding of the cattle.

Via Equestre Toscana: Equestrian tourism in Maremma

The heritage of horse racing is strongly supported by the Via Equestre Toscana (until 2007 “grossetana”). The association, based in Paganico (GR), offers a network of bridleways that cover numerous routes in the Maremma and various areas of Tuscany. The initiative is linked to i equestrian centers, equestrian centers and agritourism farms in the Province of Grosseto (as regards the Maremma area) and have the purpose of encouraging the proposal of horseback riding holidays (equestrian tourism or equestrian tourism), sports practice and knowledge of the territory, traditions and typical products of the Tuscan Maremma. Many of these structures provide animals from their own farms and rely on equestrian environmental guides. The Tuscan equestrian trail has been developing since Monte Amiata at Parco Naturale Regionale della Maremma, of the Colline Metallifere covered with Mediterranean scrub with the thick pine forests ofArgentario, continuing up to the Etruscan cave roads in theArea del Tufo, which open up between holm oak and oak woods, scattered with necropolis and ancient monuments.