Thanks, yes the weather was mostly perfect for riding - not too hot, though we did have some rain.
The scenery is breathtaking - the photos do not do it justice! Riding out early in the morning with the mist in the valleys is magical - this photo taken around 7am gives you an idea
The hacking is superb - they don't have bridleways .... you just ride through the vineyards, the olive groves, the quiet little villages, along almost traffic free roads, the woods, down old roman roads and across / along streams, canter up hills, etc. - as long as the ground is not fenced off you can go.
We have a guided passeggiata of one hour around the farm roads for novices - no road work at all and a 2 hour which crosses roads and takes in the local countryside. It is also possible to ride out to the local winery for a wine & local produce tasting and back again - takes about 5 hours and includes a history of the region and of the vineyard and how they are reintroducing the old vines and methods.
Couple of videos - the first I took a few years ago of the Friday afternoon quadrille - great fun
Zara leading, then Tempo, Sacha, Squib, Marcoz and Nina.
The second is a video taken by a parent from kids week even longer ago but it gives an insight into this magical place - I find it quite emotional to watch, but that is probably because of all the great times I have had there ...