Tratturi Trail Altomolise

Tratturo and Molise are two words that belong together like horse and rider, cheese and wine, nature and culture. We want to experience all of this with you on this new trail ride in the heart of Italy. Here in Altomolise, one of the most authentic regions of Italy, we repeatedly follow the trail of the “green highways” the Tratturi on which shepherds and cowherds of past centuries travelled. These paths are over 200 km long and run trough the country, sometimes enchanted and dreamy, narrow and overgrown, almost unrecognizable and then again open and visible from afar. On the edge of these paths, we experience history and stories on our sure-footed, good-natured four-legged partners, discover old villages, churches and ruins, enjoy the wide views and heavenly peace, enjoy the traditional cuisine and the good feeling of timelessness. Time to unwind, to ground yourself, to slow down, and then to discover the little things along the way. Where could that be better than in this region, where time seems to have stood still.

Tratturi Trail Altomolise

Saturday
You are expected on Saturday evening. After a welcome drink, there will be dinner with your hosts/riding guides. Three courses of typical Italian cuisine are served every evening with local wine.

Sunday
With a leisurely breakfast in front of our 19th century stone house, enjoy the quiet location in the forest and the view over the horse pastures to the Colle dell’Orso, at a distance of 30 km. Then we get to know the horses and, if necessary, familiarize ourselves with western riding. Our first ride begins with a crossing of a rocky river. During the subsequent steep ascent to the Tratturo Celano – Foggia, the horses give us a first taste of their sure-footedness. We cross a horse meadow where we let our horses take a short break, just to catch their breath. We continue up to the ridge of the mountain whose forest gives us shade. We pass mud pits, the “bathtubs of the wild boar” as we call them, and catch a glimpse of the frogs living there before we enjoy a short but brisk gallop on an open meadow. Another short steep climb and we reach our picnic spot, Monte Caraceno. This small mountain presents us with a 360° panorama and over 2000 years of Samnite history. After the break we lead the horses a bit until we reach the Tratturo that brings us back to the ranch. In the evening we visit the nearby equestrian center of our host and are served dinner there in their own bistro.

Monday
It starts at 10:00 a.m. A long ride through an oak forest leads us to many beautiful meadows near the Tratturo. Here you can gallop wonderfully. We leave the Tratturo and ride to a picnic area where our host once hosted endurance races. Saturated and rested, our path now leads for kilometers through beech forests until it finally leads us to our first hotel directly at the Tratturo. Here we refresh ourselves with drinks in the garden, next door the horses and relax with a great panorama. Around 8:30 p.m., dinner will also take place there.

Tuesday
Today is the shortest ride of the week. In about 3 hours we follow the Tratturo until we reach the town of San Pietra Avellana. We ride through high oak and beech forests and stop at a bar on the edge of the forest to enjoy our picnic with fresh cheese and salami from the region. On the road next door we find warning signs that warn drivers about deer crossing by bears, but at the same time show us how intact nature is here. We take care of the horses outside of town at the Tratturo. After unsaddling, we watch them roll around, give them the food in the feed bags and listen to their satisfied snorting. In the evening we walk from our hotel through the old streets of the 10th century founded place to a restaurant. Here there are fresh truffles from the forests that we crossed during the day.

Wednesday
Italy’s Tratturi travel from the fresh mountain pastures of Abruzzo to Puglia in the south. With a length of up to 250km, the 6 main ones cross Molise. Today we will switch to the Tratturo Castel di Sangro – Lucera and ride past the ruins of an almost deserted small town. While nature reclaims this place, the old walls tell stories of the hard life in the mountains. With a bit of luck we will meet the resident shepherd with his herd. Here at the latest the Tratturo comes alive again and we feel transported back to the time when the shepherds covered this route with their flocks twice a year. During our rest, we enjoy not only regional delicacies, but also the wide view, the scent of fresh herbs and stories about the country and its people. In the afternoon, our destination for the day appears on the horizon in front of us. A small place called Roccasicura (safe rock), tucked away somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Our luggage is already waiting for us in a beautiful hotel at the highest point of the village. We have enough time for a typical Italian round with drinks and snacks and a refreshing shower before we make our way to the restaurant.

Thursday
After breakfast we ride south along the Tratturo and, depending on the season, we can enjoy the colorful blossoms or nibble on delicious blackberries while we watch the butterflies dance. After a short but strenuous ascent, the horses get a little break before we ride over a stone road to a small plateau over which we can enjoy a wonderfully refreshing gallop. We continue past goats, cows and sheep with their guards, the herding dogs. We reach a junction, the Traturelli San Domenico, which leads us to our picnic area. Here the horses are allowed to graze extensively while we enjoy a leisurely picnic in the shade of large trees. Shortly afterwards we visit the Tratturo’s church and enjoy the last hours in the saddle. Around 5:00 p.m. we are back at the riding stables, unsaddle the horses one last time and enjoy the farewell dinner.

Friday
Departure after breakfast.

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

Price 2024:   

Euro 1.100  

Dates 2024:   

15.- 21. Juni
31.August – 06.  September

Including
6 nights bed and breakfast ( 3 in a hotel )
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 days of riding (3 – 6 hours a day)
English-speaking guide
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 09.00 hours

Excluding
Other drinks / Euro 45

Number of participants
Min. 3 / max. 8

(September 2023)