Carlo Collodi, the author of Pinocchio, was a Florentine. The most recent adaption of his famous children’s book was filmed in his own home region of Tuscany, in Castelfalfi and San Vivaldo; both areas that we ride through on our day trips.
Within only a couple of hours riding from Tonda,lie the remains of the set for the film Pinocchio. This is one of our nicest and longest day rides.
Set among the wheat fields is the house of Geppetto.
Further around is the castle and village (Castelfalfi), the lake, the fairy’s house and even the ‘sea’ where the whale was swimming (see the below pictures of Gepetto’s house and the lake).
The riding through here is straight out of a film set, and there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy such extreme beauty mixed with exciting and interesting riding. Just after Gepetto’s house is a long canter on a dirt road, where the horses can literally just go. The road winds up a hill, and stops at a panoramic ruin with 360 degree views all around. On the path down towards Ghizzano, we often have seen wild boar. There is a nice cool stream for the horses to drink from, and then we stop in an olive grove for lunch while the horses graze tied to tree’s.
This ride is Tuscany at its finest.
Interested? Come join us for the 2014 season!