This is an incredible full day ride through Lazio and Tuscany not to be missed. It is a horseback trip from the Santa Cristina Castle estate to the fortress of Proceno, in much the same way as the dukes travelled hundreds of years ago.
From Santa Cristina, we ride towards the medieval town of Onano. The 16th century church of "Madonna delle Grazie" is half way and from there we have a charming view of the village walls. We then carry on north towards the magical landscape between Lazio and Tuscany. As we cross the Montorio game reserve, we may be lucky enough to see wild pheasants or follow deers and wild pigs. Before crossing into the Tuscan territory we wade through a ford in the Stridolone river, before carrying on up to a hilltop which looks over the fortress of Proceno itself.
Proceno is a village dominated by its fortress dating back to the medieval times around year 1000.
After having a delicious typical Italian lunch, we cross the river again and climb up onto another plateau, through thick vegetation on an old farmers' trail. As we head home, we ride past vineyards, fields and finally a former nuns' convent from the 18th century with a sad past. Finally, we return to the castle from the northeast after 40 km of beautiful riding.
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