Always worth mentioning finances. Airfare was roughly $1,000. For those who traveled the full 13 days, we had 10 days of riding at a cost of about $1,700 for food, lodging and transportation. The rental van and the rooms at the Pasta Factory were about equal in cost at roughly $35 per person per night/day, while the Belvedere ran a little over $100 per person per night. With incidentals, I spent just about $3,000. Comparing with some guided European riding tours, we would appear to have done the non-airfare portion at about half the rate.
It was a great trip, everything we had hoped it would be. We thought the Belvedere Hotel was the greatest setup, and appreciated the couple who had come for a two week stay. But traveling on our own in Tuscany, to our own schedule and desires, had its charms as well. In the end, I could not say which I would prefer. So perhaps it was good that we did both.