After a hearty breakfast it is time to start the trail. Late in the afternoon we return home, unsaddle the horses and relax before dinner.
During the different rides you will get to know the surroundings and the horse you are riding.
This programme is ideal for riding as well as taking it easy. 5 – 6 hours on horseback every day.
You are expected to arrive on Saturday evening. After a welcome drink there will be dinner with your hosts/guides. A three-course Italian dinner will be served every night, accompanied by local wines.
The morning is yours. You may sleep late, take your time over breakfast, do whatever you like. Before lunch there is a safety briefing. Then we groom and saddle up the horses, followed by a short demonstration in western riding. After lunch we do a test-ride (3 hours) to enable you to get acquainted with the horse you are going to ride all week.
At about 10 a.m. we leave the house. After a long ride through a wood there will be many fields. Let’s canter. Picnic is at an idyllic spot. After lunch there is a lovely view of the village of Vastogirardi. Then the route takes us through miles of beech-woods. It ends in “Valle Fredda” (Cold Valley). Here it is time for another long canter.
A Tratturo is a 2.000 years old track that is still used to move cattle from the far south where grass is scarce in summer. We will follow part of the Tratturo Celano-Foggia. Picnic is in Montedimezzo. The hunting lodge which belonged to the royal family of the Bourbons nowadays contains a museum. The forest is protected by UNESCO. Worldwide this organisation protects 256 forests. Four of them are located in Italy; two of which in Molise.
After a while we cross a little river, immediately followed by a steep climb. Around midday Pietrabbondante (literally meaning “enough stones”) will be reached. Let’s admire the theatre and the two Samnitic temples. After lunch it is time to go back home.
After breakfast we ride downhill towards Pescolanciano. Before arriving in this village there will be some canters in the fields. Lunch is served in a little restaurant. The owner is well-known for her home-made ice-cream. The last few miles on horseback take us over open heath land and dense oak-woods. About 5 p.m. we are back at the farm-house, unsaddle the horses for the last time and enjoy the farewell dinner.
Departure after breakfast.
N.B. Due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the programme may have to be adapted.