Horse Riding Holidays in ITALY

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Horses at a mountain lake
from $1,345
Summary:

Take part in the ancient tradition of transhumance by joining this 6-day trail through the French and Italian alps, moving horses to their summer grazing. Enjoy the remarkable landscapes and steep pastures of the snow-capped alps. Suitable for fit intermediate riders onwards with long riding days and guesthouse accommodation.

Departure Dates:
  • 2021: 12, 19 June; 18 September
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Sainte-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be confident at walk, trot and canter and riding/leading horse on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2021: From Nice Airport , €70pp each way payable on site. From Menton train station €40pp each way.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,145
Summary:

Discover the wild Ligurian mountains and coastline on this 8 day, point-to-point trail crossing from France into Italy on willing, sure-footed horses. Ride through mountain passes and pine forests before visiting ancient, medieval villages.

This trail is for adventurous riders who want to get away from it all. Accommodation is in hotels and B&Bs in small villages along the trail. there is also the option to undertake a shorter version of this ride, completing a 6 day ride rather than the full 8 days.

Departure Dates:
  • 2021 Petite Liguria: Apr 3, 12, 24; May 1, 10, 22.
  • 2021 High Liguria: Apr 3, 24; May 8, 22.
  • Trip Length: High Liguria: 8 days/7 nights/7 days riding
    Petite Liguria: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Riders should be confident in walk, trot and canter in open spaces and on steep terrain. Riders must be able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2021: From Nice Airport or train station, €70 per person each way. From Menton train station €40. Transfers payable on site.
Riding through the Southern Alps
from $1,159
Summary:

A trail through the Southern Alps with a visit to Europe’s largest collection of bronze age engravings. Mountain lakes and beautiful summits along the Italian frontier. For fit, adventurous riders, accommodation in comfortable guesthouses and hotels along the route.

Departure Dates:
  • 2021: 15 - 20 August
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Martin Vésubie
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident in walk, trot and canter and on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2021: From Nice Airport €70pp each way payable on site or from Saint Martin Vesubie bus station approx 2.00€ each way.
Riding through flower meadows
from $1,589
Summary:

Discover the extraordinary natural beauty of Umbria, Italy's green heart, on this six day trail. Ride through ancient chestnut forests, to hidden medieval villages and learn the story of Umbria's 'stolen' chariot. Stay at a converted former monastery as well as a luxury agriturismo. This is a truly memorable trail for those who want to see an undiscovered side of Italy on board high quality, responsive horses.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 25 - 30 July
  • 2021: 5 - 10 June
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/4 days riding.
  • Approximate riding time per day: 3-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Rome airports (FCO, CIA), Spoleto train station
  • Riding Ability Required: From novice onwards. Riders should be happy riding in open country and be physically fit enough to ride for up to 6 hours per day.
  • Usual Group Size: 5-9
  • Transfer: 2020/21: Included from Spoleto train station (15 min). This is an easy 2 hour train trip from Rome.
Riding in Tuscany
from $2,885
Summary:

Top class horses, luxuriously renovated traditional accommodation and the best of Italian cooking, warmth and hospitality make for an unforgettable experience.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Mar 15, 29; Apr 19; May 3, 10; Oct 4; Nov 8.
  • 2020 Palio Week: Jun 28 - Jul 4.
  • Other dates available on request.
  • Trip Length: 7d/6n/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hrs
  • Meeting point: Sienna railway station at 18:30
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be riding fit and able to walk, trot and canter. Minimum age 15
  • Usual Group Size: 2 to 8 (not including non riders)
  • Transfer: 2020: Included from Sienna railway station at 18:30.
    Arranged on request from Rome (€420), Bologna (€350) or Pisa (€300) airport, or Sienna outside of set time (€100). Price is for 8-seater mini-bus and driver. Payable on site.
Italy Cefalu to Etna Trail
from $2,069
Summary:

A wonderful trail for strong intermediate riders wanting to discover the ancient culture and history of this island. Ride through 4 national parks finishing at the lip of a live volcano. Above average accommodation and food in agriturismos.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: May 2; Jun 6 (FULL); Sept 5; Oct 3 (FULL).
  • 2021: May 1; Jun 5; Sept 4; Oct 9.
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours or more
  • Meeting point: Palermo Airport (PMO)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate plus
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: 2020: From Palermo airport €100 per car, please arrive before 17:00. To Catania at the end of ride included. To Palermo at the end of ride €300 per car. Transfers payable on site
Italy Coast to Coast Trail
from $2,069
Summary:

An exciting adventure for experienced riders which allows you to travel all the way from the north of Sicily to Agrigento on the south coast. Learn more about this stunning island from friendly and knowledgeable guides. Expect comfortable accommodation, delicious Sicilian food and, of course, the company of a trustworthy horse who will be your partner all the way from one coast to the next!

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: May 23 (FULL); Jun 27; Sept 19; Oct 24.
  • 2021: May 22; Jun 26; Sept 25; Oct 23.
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Cefalu or Castelbuono bus or train station
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be comfortable at all paces and good fitness is required
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: Included from Cefalu or Castelbuono bus or train station. If you prefer, we can organise transfer from/to Palermo or Catania - see notes below itinerary.
Rounding up cattle with the Butteri
from $1,789
Summary:

Guest house trail from Maremma to ride with the Butteri doing traditional cattle work. Comfortable accommodation, fantastic horses ridden in Western tack and exceptional food and wine await you.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Guesthouse Trail: Oct 17 (FULL), 24
  • 2021: Guesthouse Trail: May 8 (FULL); Oct 16, 23
  • Camping Trail: May 1
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 - 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Chiusi Train Station, Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Experienced riders only
  • Usual Group Size: 2020: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2020/21: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports €250 per person return (approx. 2.5 hours) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station €35 per person return (approx. 1 hour) at set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge).
Riding through Etruscan road
from $1,879
Summary:

Enjoy a trail through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with well organised camps or Agrotourism B&Bs along the way. Excellent horses ridden in Western tack and exceptional food and wine await you.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Aug 22 (FULL); Oct 3 (FULL).
  • 2021: Jul 17; Aug 21; Oct 2.
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 - 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Chiusi Train Station, Rome Fiumicino Airport or Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 4 - 8
  • Transfer: 2020/21: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports (€250 return, approx. 2.5 hours) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station (€35 return, approx. 1 hour) - set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge)
Dressage riding
from $1,345
Summary:

Situated in a peaceful, picturesque valley in the heart of Chianti and within easy reach of Florence, this holiday combines riding through classical Tuscan countryside with empathetic instruction and offers riding for all levels of rider from beginner onwards at their own level.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Saturday departures (Low Season - 14 Mar to 4 Apr; 31 Oct to 14 Nov; Mid Season: 18 Apr to 23 May; High Season: 4 Apr to 18 Apr, 23 May to 31 Oct, 26 Dec to 7 Jan 2021)
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
    Shorter breaks are also available on request
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2 - 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Florence Airport, Florence Station or Pisa Airport (PSA)
  • Riding Ability Required: None, from beginner onwards
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 4 or 5 riders per lesson
  • Transfer: 2020: from €80 each way per car. See itinerary for more details.
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