Horse riding

Equestrian centre in Tuscany, in the earth of "Chianti Classico"

With more than 30 years of history as an equestrian centre and with more than 40 years of riding experience of the owners, Il Paretaio is one of the most renowned equestrian centres concerning the high quality of teaching. In our classical horse riding and equestrian vacation centre in Tuscany we have approximately 30 horses, among which Lusitano, Anglo-Arab, Sella Italiano, Holsteiner, Arab, Kwpn, Maremmano, Merens and Pony breeds.

We have been recommended by the English T.T.T. (Training the Teachers of Tomorrow) association. We have been mentioned in horse riding magazines with the greatest world-wide distribution such as Horse&Rider UK, Your Horse UK, Dressage Today USA, Horse&Hound UK, Pferd&Reiter, Cavallo Magazine and Il Mio Cavallo. Our center is located in the midst of the spectacular Chianti region with its breath-taking landscapes, forming the ideal backdrop for rides out, dressage and horse riding lessons.

Giovanni De Marchi

Giovanni De Marchi started horse riding at the age of 10 at the Garbagnate Sporting Club. His teacher was Nicola Fouqué, who, seeing strong passion for the sport in the young rider, accompanied him to the riding yard so that he could take lessons. After many years’ horse riding around the stables, Giovanni discovered traditional horse riding. Later, alongside his wife Cristina, he would go through the most important phases of his training: the pair first met Luis Valenca and then Pedro Batista de Almeida at the Portuguese National Stud. Since then, he has participated in many apprenticeships, particularly in England at Training the Teachers of Tomorrow.

Cristina Libardi

As a child, Cristina Libardi would train (or at least try to!) any animal that crossed her path: cats, dogs, hamsters, even grasshoppers (making jumping competitions for them), and she inherited her great passion for horses from her grandmother. Alongside Giovanni, she decided to move to Tuscany in the Chianti region, to devote herself to their shared passion of traditional horse riding. Following on from her experiences with Giovanni in both Portugal and England, Cristina further deepened her knowledge of body awareness and everything that can improve the rider-horse relationship, both physically and mentally. She organizes courses on Centered Riding, T.Team and Yoga, among other things. She is currently working alongside her son Pietro on the use of the principles of traditional horse riding in jumping activities.
Organize yoga / tai chi classes.

Pietro De Marchi

Despite his tender age, Pietro already has significant experience. He started riding as a child and soon started attending lessons at the Federazione Italiana and the prestigious British Horse Society, gaining the titles of level 1 F.I.S.E.-approved instructor and B.H.S.A.I. from the B.H.S. He has pursued his competitive career at the same time, first in dressage and then in jumping, benefiting from the teaching of some of the best Italian and foreign riders. His key awards include Gold at the Regional Dressage Championships, Silver at the Italian Youth Jumping Championships and Silver at the Italian Jumping Championships, in the Junior classification, as well as many more other classifications and wins in national competitions and two international wins.
He is currently operating as trainer in the UK and comes for regular clinics at Il Paretaio.