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Riding through flower meadows
from $1,359
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:
  • 2023: 17 - 24 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: 2022/23: Included from Spoleto train station (15 min). This is an easy 2 hour train trip from Rome.
Italy Cefalu to Etna Trail
from $1,705
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:
  • 2022: May 7 (FULL); Jun 4; Sept 3; Oct 8 (FULL).
  • 2023: May 6; Jun 3; Sept 2; Oct 7.
  • 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: 4-10
  • Transfer: 2022: 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.
    2023: From Palermo airport €230 (3 pax max) or €280 (6 pax max) per car, please arrive before 17:00. To Catania at the end of ride €150 (3 pax max) or €170 (6 pax max). Transfers payable on site.
Italy Coast to Coast Trail
from $1,705
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:
  • 2022: May 21 (FULL); Jun 25; Sept 17 (FULL); Oct 22.
  • 2023: May 20; Jun 24; Sept 23; Oct 21.
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Cefalu bus or train station
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be comfortable at all paces and good fitness is required
  • Usual Group Size: 4-10
  • Transfer: Included from Cefalu 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 $1,589
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:
  • 2022: Guesthouse Trail: 8, 15 Oct.
  • 2023: Guesthouse Trail: 6 May.
  • Camping Trail: 29 Apr.
  • 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: 2022/23: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports on Saturdays €250 per person return (€260 in 2023) (approx. 2.5 hours) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station €40 per person return (approx. 1 hour) at set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge).
Riding through Etruscan road
from $1,665
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:
  • 2022: 20 (FULL) Aug; 3 (FULL) Sept
  • 2023: 20 May; 22 Jul; 26 Aug; 16 Sept.
  • 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: 2022/23: From Rome Ciampino/Rome Fiumicino airports on Saturdays €250 return, approx. 2.5 hours (€260 return in 2023) or Chiusi-Chianciano Terme railway station (€40 return, approx. 1 hour) - set times on Saturdays. Other times on request (extra charge)
Dressage riding
from $1,285
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:
  • 2022: Saturday departures (Low Season: 31 March - 9 April; 7 - 21 May; 11 - 25 June; 5 - 12 November)
  • 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: 2022: from €80 each way per car. See itinerary for more details.
Summary:

Small family based hotel with many non-riding activities on your doorstep. Offers lessons, half or full day trails, star rides and 2 week-long point to point trails, all returning to same accommodation each night.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022 Discovery week/Star rides: Saturdays from Apr 8 to Oct 31 (High Season: Jul 16 - Aug 26. Mid Season: May 21 - Jul 15; Aug 27 - Sept 9. Low Season: Apr 8 - May 20; Sept 10 - Oct 31).
  • 2022 Trail to the Sea: 1 Oct
  • 2023 Discovery week/Star rides: Saturdays from May 26 to Oct 31 (High Season: Jul 16 - Sept 15 and 2-3 Jun. Mid Season: May 26 - Jul 15 (except 2-3 Jun). Low Season: Sept 16 - Oct 31).
  • 2023 Trail to the Sea: 1 Oct.
  • 2023 Maremma Trail: 23 Sept.
  • Trip Length: 8d / 7n / 5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: Discovery Week: 1-3 hours
    Star Rides half days: 2-3 hours
    Star Rides full days: 4-5 hours
    Trails: 4-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Follonica train station. Please see below for more information.
  • Riding Ability Required: Discovery Week: beginner onwards
    Star Rides: intermediate and experienced riders
    Trails: intermediate and experienced riders
  • Usual Group Size: Discovery and Star Rides: 1-10
    Trails: 6-10
  • Transfer: 2022/23: €60 per person each way from Follonica train station between 8am-6pm, an easy 1 hour train ride from Pisa Airport. Extra charge for night transfers (7pm to 8am). It is also possible to fly to Rome and get a train to Follonica (approx. 3 hrs).
Summary:

Great riding for all abilities and lots for non-riders at this enchanting 17th century castle; immerse yourself in the peaceful Italian countryside and stay in the carefully restored farmhouse. There are lessons available as well as riding with an onsite spa for relaxing treatments to help you recover. 

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: from beginning of April to beginning of November. Week-long programmes start on Saturdays, weekend programmes start on Wednesdays. High Season is 18 June to 17 September and Easter Week. This can be flexible - please ask your travel advisor.
  • Trip Length: From 4 nights/3 days riding to 7 nights/5 days riding. Please see sample itineraries for more information.
  • Approximate riding time per day: From 2-6 hours depending on the itinerary chosen.
  • Meeting point: Orvieto train station, Rome Termini train station, Rome Ciampino or Fuimicino Airports
  • Riding Ability Required: From beginner onwards, depending on the itinerary. Intermediate onwards for full day rides.
  • Usual Group Size: 1-6
  • Transfer: 2022: Return car transfer payable on-site, available on weekends only. See Sample Itinerary for more details. Car rental is recommended as a cheaper option.
Riding jumping
from $1,465
Summary:

A special Show Jumping tuition and trail riding combination at an excellent riding centre in Umbria with lessons by a trained FISE instructor teaching show jumping and dressage.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 10 Sept; 15 Oct (* denotes High Season).
  • 2023: 22 Apr; 13 May; 3 Jun; 1*, 22* Jul; 26* Aug; 9, 23 Sept; 14 Oct (*denotes High Season).
  • Other dates on request for groups of 2 or more.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-6 hours, optional rest day
  • Meeting point: Rome, Spoleto or Perugia train stations
  • Riding Ability Required: All levels catered for, minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 2-6
  • Transfer: 2022/23: included from Spoleto train station. This is an easy 2 hour train trip from Rome. Transfer time from Spoleto is approximately 15 minutes.
    Car transfer from Perugia is €50 (€60 in 2023) per car each way for 1-4 people. Car transfer from Rome is €200 (€240 in 2023) per car each way for 1-4 people. Car rental is also an option.
Italy Sicily Stationary Programme
from $1,489
Summary:

This residential week combines scenic riding with the discovery of an area rich in nature, history, culture and culinary wealth. Accommodation is in a comfortable, traditional Sicilian agriturismo with stables onsite, excellent horses and riding options. The food is superb and the hosting is extremely friendly and helpful.

Departure Dates:
  • All year round Saturday to Saturday.
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n
  • Approximate riding time per day: up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Palermo or Catania Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Novice and above
  • Usual Group Size: 4-9
  • Transfer: 2022: From/to Palermo: included for week-long stays. From/to Catania: €150 each way.
    2023: Included from Cefalu train/bus station. From/to Palermo: €230 (3 pax max) or €280 (6 pax max). From/to Catania: €250 (3 pax max) or €300 (6 pax max).
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