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Monte Capraro

The highest point of the “Goat Mountain” is at 5.200 feet. The trail takes you around it, through valleys and beautiful forests. Two nights will be spent in Capracotta. The name of this village literally means “cooked goat”.

The forest of Montedimezzo is protected by UNESCO. The hunting lodge which used to belong to the royal family of the Bourbons is a museum nowadays. There are well cared trails, game and a nice welcoming picnic area.

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TREK “MONTE CAPRARO”

Saturday
You are expected to arrive on Saturday evening at the farm-house. After a welcome drink there will be dinner with your host/guide. A three-course Italian dinner will be served every night, accompanied by local wines.

Sunday
The morning is yours. You may sleep in, 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 (three hours) to enable you to get acquainted with the horse you are going to ride on the trek. Dinner and BB are at the farm-house.

Monday
At about 10 a.m. we leave the house. Today’s destination is Capracotta. This little village (965 inhabitants) is situated at 5,200 feet, which makes it one of the highest municipalities in Italy. Curiously the name literally means “cooked goat”.
Before lunch we ride through endless fields. After 2,5 hours it is time for a delicious picnic. After this we make a lengthy canter through a long valley. At the end Capracotta dooms up, but it will take about two hours of riding to get there. We are staying in a hotel and dinner is at a restaurant.

Tuesday
Today we will make a day-ride and climb “il Monte Campo”. The highest point is at 5,235 feet. From here we get a gorgeous view of “Alto Molise”and the Abruzzo. We follow small paths along the slope from the mountain until we reach our picnic place. After this we follow cross-country skiing slopes, which lead through a wood of silver firs. A little later we arrive at Prato Gentile, which literally means “kind meadow”. In the afternoon we descend to Capracotta and ride through an open landscape with many meadows. The night will be spent at the same hotel, but dinner is at a different restaurant.

Wednesday
After a few canters we follow a gravel road, which gradually goes upwards. The horses enjoy their breathing space while we riders enjoy the view of four different mountain ranges, namely the Colle dell’Orso, the Matese, the Mainarde and the national Park of Abruzzo.
After the picnic the trail leads us into the direction of the little village San Pietro Avellana. We spend the night at a B&B in the town. Outside the village we leave the horses in a field where we have to make a paddock with electric wire. 

Thursday
After a short ride we pass Montedimezzo which used to belong to the royal family of the Bourbons. The hunting lodge nowadays is 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. We pass this forest and later we reach a Tratturo ( Celano-Foggia) which we follow for a while. Mario is a friend of our guide. We will stop at his place for the picnic.
After this it will take two hours at the most before we arrive at Littorio’s “agriturismo”. Up till quite recently he used to keep horses, so the paddocks next to his house are for us to use.

Friday
After breakfast we follow part of the Tratturo Castel di Sangro-Lucera. 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. Around midday we reach Pescolanciano. Here we stop for lunch, which will be served at a little restaurant.
In the afternoon we climb the hills that border on the forest of Collemelucio. This is the other forest protected by UNESCO. The project is called Man and Biosphere (MAB). 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.

Saturday
Departure after breakfast.

N.B. Due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the programme may have to be be adapted.

Price 2020    Euro 1.150

Dates 2020    06. to 13.   June | 17. to 24. October

Including
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast (3 at the farm-house, 3 at a hotel and 1 at an agriturismo)
  • Full board with wine and beer at lunch and dinner starting with dinner on the first day up to and including breakfast on the day of departure
  • 5 ½ days of riding (5 - 6 hours a day)
  • English-speaking guide(s) / staff (also Danish, Dutch, German, Italian and French spoken)
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfer from and to the railway station in Isernia. On the day of arrival at 19.45 hours and on the day of departure at 9.00 hours


Excluding
Other drinks /Euro 30

Number of participants
Min. 5 / max. 8 (in exceptional cases 10)


(October 2019)