This National Park is one of the biggest (75,000 acres) in Italy. It is a so-called Pan Park, which means that it is protected by WNF.
One of the highlights is Pescocostanzo, a picturesque medieval town at an altitude of 4,200 feet. Two nights will be spent in this lovely place. It is surrounded by several plains which invite to many a canter.
TREK THROUGH “PARCO NAZIONALE DELLA MAJELLA “
This National Park is the eighth so-called Pan Park in Europe. It is protected by WWF. On the tablelands many canters will be made.
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 on the trek. Dinner and BB are at the farm-house.
We ride through large stretches of woods and fields and eventually stop for a picnic at an idyllic spot. After lunch we pass the remains of a Samnitic temple. The Samnites were the original population of Molise. It took the Romans three centuries of warfare before they finally conquered this region, which then became part of the Roman Empire (79 B.C.). Later we stop at a high hill from where you can see the Majella. At the end of the day we reach San Pietro Avellana. Here we dine and spend the night.
Today’s destination is the small town of Pescocostanzo. The trail takes us through increasingly high mountains. At the end of the afternoon we ride through large stretches of valley. Having spent about 7 hours on horseback we are bound to be longing for a drink. Pescocostanzo has a nice square with several bars and restaurants. Taking a walk in this picturesque medieval town is pleasant for everyone and a must for those who are interested in architecture. We are staying at a hotel. Dinner is at a restaurant.
The National Park Majella (75.000 acres) is one of the biggest in Italy. It is a so-called Pan Park, which means that it is protected by WWF. Today there will be a 6 hours’ ride in surrounding highlands. We expect to be able to have nice canters here. The night will be spent at the same hotel. Dinner, however, is at a different restaurant.
This is going to be a demanding day spending about 8 hours in the saddle. The first part of our trail takes us upwards towards a large valley whereas the next stretch is a long forest road, leading us down and down again. Part of that road must be covered on foot! In the early evening we finally reach our destination. Dinner is at a restaurant in Alfedena and we spend the night at the comfortable “Hotel Katja”.
Just outside Alfedena there is a plain where we can go for a long canter. A little later we pass Ponte della Zittola, which is the border between Abruzzi and Molise. Then we follow part of the Tratturo Castel di Sangro-Foggia in the foothills of Alto Molise. Having passed the hamlet Montalto it is time for a picnic. After lunch it takes three hours to ride home. About 6 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.
Number of participants
Min. 6 / max. 8 (in exceptional cases 10)