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Outdoor Italy: Walking, Cycling & More

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Saddle Up for Horseback Riding in Tuscany

Among all Italian regions, Tuscany probably has the widest choice of stables and near-perfect topography for riding out. It’s easy to find riding schools for lessons or a short excursion on horseback. There is plenty of choice for day-long guided treks with a picnic, too. Here, we lay out some options, including children's riding.

Italian Truffles: How You Can Find Them

Pigs or dogs? Oak trees or pine forest? Winter or summer? Read this for advice on finding the king of fungi during a stay at one of our villas. We also recommend a foraging tour, where real experts can let you in on some secrets of the truffle-hunter's trade.

Cycling Tuscany: How & Where to Get Started

“Without a doubt, central Italy is my favourite destination on a bike,” says David Cleveland, author of "Bicycle Touring in Tuscany". We pass on expert advice from local cycling specialists, covering where to rent a bike, where to go and even where to stop for a picnic, if you want to see the best of Tuscany on two wheels — whether you're a novice or a Giro-wannabee.

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