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“Best place, best horses, best owners and staff”
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Il Paretaio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 December 2013

I spent 4 weeks at il Paretaio mid October into November and the weather could not have been better. October is a perfect month to be taking riding lessons, during the day we rode in t-shirts but at night just cool enough to have the fire going in the huge fire place while having dinner. At dusk we saw the most beautiful colours with the sunsets and there were no mosquitoes this time of the year. The horses continue to be so well trained and because I have been going to il Paretaio for 9 years, it is interesting to now ride some of the horses that were still in training when I used to go there many years ago. The instruction level remains very well suited for each individual rider or for any group of riders that were scheduled together according to their riding level. 26 years of weekly practice doing this with international riding guests have given the owners who are the instructors the ability to pinpoint exactly what the rider should improve upon and it is done in a very professional way. I will return each year in order to keep learning from their well trained horses and their superior instructors.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

I have booked five weeks starting at the end of April. I spent five weeks at il Paretaio this fall, riding, touring the gorgeous countryside and visiting my favorite hill towns and museums. I also had time to work on my watercolors! I had such a wonderful time, meeting guests from all over Europe, and chatting after dinner at the communal dining table. The food, the company and the horses were all outstanding. I have returned to Il Paretaio twice a year for eleven years. Truly, there is no other place on earth I want to visit. No hassles with hotels, trying to figure out where to eat, fighting crowds. All I have to worry about is what to choose from the breakfast buffet and which pair of breeches to put on. Everything else is taken care of! Sheer heaven for a stressed out New Yorker like me!
I just can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Il Pareteiao is situated in the beautiful Chianti Region.

As you arrive you are directed to a beautiful and huge stone historical villa , through a nice garden and then a huge land decorated by olive trees and various plants.

It is a family business run buy Christina and , Gianni a nice couple experienced in riding for long years.Their kids also add up to this experience by teaching to ride and making the stay a very pleasant one.

The facility offers good level of instructions in dressage riding,which is also visited by show jumpers to refine their ridng skills.


As the villa is situated in the heart of Chianty region,there are plenty of towns and villages
very colourful and fun to visit,in order to sample delicious and traditional Italian cuisine and
wines as week as see lots of historical sites.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Juneau65
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Great horse riding experience in an amazing landscape. Teachers are very patient and professionals, you feel you improve your riding every day. Fantastic food. Very friendly staff. Sunsets in November are absolutely superb.
Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank elena99999
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

This was my second visit to Il Paretaio and it was every bit as good as I remembered. Unpretentious farm life in stunningly beautiful surroundings, personal attention from the owners and friendly, helpful staff. The atmosphere is relaxed and everything is well organised and runs like clockwork. Lessons and outrides are great and the food is delicious and freshly prepared. Conversation around the dinner table is lively and, in no time at all, it feels as though you have known everyone for ages. There is no shortage of interesting places nearby to visit, from medieval villages to wine farms, markets to museums, art galleries, restaurants....the list is endless. For a relaxing holiday with a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and history, it would be hard to beat. I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Great for families, friends and solo travellers.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I'm soooo sorry that I don't have two stomacks to eat all deliciuos food on dinner :))) I'm so glad that I took this chance to go to Il Paretaio :)
Enjoyed every minute here. Pity that we couldn't stay longer.
And don't forget to bring a small fluffy horse with you if it is possible ;)
Small tips:
"If you are going from Florence bus station, ask for San Martino (Poggibonsi) station (S.Filippo A Ponzano)"
"Lunch is for separate price. Need to order before 12:00"

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This perfect place is situaed in the most heart of Tuscany. Staff is very friendly and speaks italian, english, french very well. Yu have a perfect opportunity to taste local Tuscany food, everything is made with love and you cannot stand up of the table before tasting it all.
Horse riding lesssons are available for any level from beginners to riders. Teachers are very professional devoting the whole lessson to you and increasing level of compexity slowly so you can adapt and feel confident in your riding. There are 30 amazing well treated horses with whom you can feel safe. For advanced riders country side riding is available to explore Tuscany beaty.
Looking forward to returning to this amazing place once again.

Stayed: September 2013
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Additional Information about Il Paretaio

Address: Strada delle Ginestre 12, 50021, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range: £66 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Paretaio 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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Il Paretaio Tuscany, Italy

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