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Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN
Umbrian Adventure - horseXperiences™ GO EQUESTRIAN

Umbrian Adventure

Explore the glorious Umbrian countryside on this fantastic trail-focused riding holiday.

Enjoy half day and full day treks exploring rolling mountains, hidden valleys and medieval hill villages in this unspoilt corner of Umbria, where time has stood still.

RIDING HOLIDAY
8 days | 7 nights

FIXED DATES

FULL BOARD

CHILD FRIENDLY

Overview

Situated in some of the loveliest countryside anywhere in Europe this exclusive riding centre offers fantastic eXperiences exploring rolling mountains, hidden valleys and medieval hill villages in this unspoilt corner of Umbria, where time has stood still.

Paired up with one of the well-schooled horses, you will venture out on a series of memorable half and full-day treks, stopping for picnic lunches in shady groves and with plenty of time to drink in the breathtaking scenery.

Accommodation is in comfortable chalets where you will be looked after by the Bevilacquas and made to feel like one of the family.

Your guides are trained to ensure your safety as well as your enjoyment. Great care is taken to match each rider to his or her level of confidence and ability and to a suitable horse. Tuition in flatwork and jumping is available with FISE instructors (BHS equivalent) for novices wanting to improve their style or more advanced riders wanting to develop their technique.

There is plenty to do for non-riders, including walking, visiting vineyards, and exploring the nearby towns of Spoleto and Assisi. Rome is an easy day trip by train.



Accommodation

The centre has a range of sleeping accommodation available, including en suite bedrooms and self-contained chalets, furnished to a high standard,in traditional Umbrian style. There is an open air swiming pool with spectacular views Many of them look out onto spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and all have central heating for the winter. Some have fireplaces.



Meals

Food is high on the agenda in this part of the world and you will eat well and heartily during your stay, with home-cooked dishes prepared from the best Umbrian ingredients and accompanied by the excellent local wine.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Spoleto train station and transfer to the stables (20 m), where you can settle in and wander round to meet the horses. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
You start off in a fairly leisurely way on the first day, to give riders the chance to get to know their horses. This three-hour ride takes you through the chestnut groves of Valle San Martino, which sweeps down from the plateau which is home to the stables. You'll have time to admire the magnificent gnarled old trees which have supplied chestnuts to generations of people living in this area, and to spot the wild cyclamen and other flowers that grow in the woods. There are several stretches of trail that are perfect for a good canter, for those who are able, before you clatter through the picturesque village of Strettura. On the way back, you pass by the church of San Pietro Martire, a tiny chapel in the middle of nowhere, still used to this day by some of the outlying villages. Lunch will be served in the clubhouse back at the stables.

Day 3
Today the serious riding begins, but it will be fun too, and very varied during the 35 kms and 5-6 hours in the saddle. Winding through woodland trails you come to the hamlet of Torrecolla before passing a delightful stone church and heading along some wider paths. Then it's time to begin the long but gentle climb up to Monte Fionchi, a huge alpine meadow at the top of a 1300 metre high mountain, where riders can refresh themselves with a drink from an ice-cold mountain spring. A leisurely picnic lunch will be served in a meadow close to another lovely Umbrian country church, the Chiesa di Sant'Antonio. The return leg takes you through the wild and staggeringly beautiful Valnerina, past abandoned villages stuck to the side of the mountain, through other inhabited hill villages and back to the stables.

Day 4
Today's ride is less challenging in terms of time and terrain, but faster for the more experienced riders, with some spectacular scenery as a bonus. From the stables, you pass through chestnut woods to Montebibico, a medieval village where time seems to have stood still. From there, a series of trails winds gently past small farms and up into the foothills of Mount Acetella, today's destination. There are plenty of chances to canter along these paths, but don't forget to stop and take stock of the magnificent views here. You can see high mountain peaks in the distance, with the stables and Montebibico nestling in the foreground - a great place for a photograph. Afterwards, you head up to the top of Mount Acetella itself, just a short climb, where you will be rewarded with more stunning views here on top of the world. You head back to the stables via another series of trails for lunch.

Day 5
Pianella, the destination for this day-long trek of 5-6 hours (35 kms), is a gloriously peaceful spot in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. To get there, you ride through woods and trails and down into a hidden valley where you pause to admire the exquisite little village of Castagnacupa, whose old stone houses have all been recently restored. From here you ride past a beautiful Romanesque church and into more woodland before reaching the shady meadow where you will have lunch, tying the horses to a post and rails and sitting on wooden tables and benches thoughtfully provided for picnickers. After lunch you head on through the old village of Pompagnano, close to Spoleto, and back over the hills via Catinelli, a village poised spectacularly on a rock outcrop and home to just two people, an old man and a woman who can often be seen tending to their animals.

Day 6
This half-day ride takes you through the grounds of a magnificent 600-hectare private estate called La Tenuta dello Schioppo, but known locally as Il Parco delle Farfalle, the Butterfly Park. There are wide avenues perfect for cantering for those who want to, and trotting for those who don't, and splendid views of mountains, valleys and hill villages in all directions. In a woodland glade a huntsman's table has been fashioned out of local chestnut wood, and this will be the stopping place for an aperitif. In May and June, these woods are carpeted with tiny wild strawberries. You ride back for lunch at the clubhouse with a free afternoon to relax or go exploring in nearby Spoleto (transport can be provided at reasonable cost).

Day 7
Today's final day-long ride is a pilgrimage to the now uninhabited Monastery of Battiferro and will involve around 5 hours in the saddle, covering about 35 kms. Leaving the stables, you pass Montebibico, carry on through tracks and mule paths until you reach the mountain village of Ciecalocco, and on again through ancient chestnut woods until you arrive at the village of Battiferro, still inhabited in spite of its remote location. A trail through the woods leads to the monastery itself, set on a promontory with magnificent views over the Valnerina. Here you will stop for a well-earned picnic lunch, before returning to the stables via a different route and later meeting in the clubhouse for a drink and farewell dinner.

Day 8
After breakfast transfer back to Spoleto train station.

Additional information

Airpot Gateway Perugia (PEG) | Rome (FCO) | Rome (CIA)

Suitable for all levels. Novices and experienced riders will be split into groups for the faster rides. Children under 14 are not permitted to ride out in Italy, although they are welcome to ride our ponies on site, and take part in riding lessons and pony games.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary and treks may be altered as a result of local conditions especially weather. In warmer months, and in times of a full (or nearly full) moon, it may be possible to replace a full day ride with a memorable Night Ride up onto the mountain of Monte Acetella. Riders are met by the stables' jeep, and served a camp-fire supper as they scan the skies for shooting stars. The return leg of the journey takes place by the light of the moon.

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