La Somma is one of the best-run riding establishments in central Italy providing horse riding holidays, including trekking, dressage, show jumping + ponies.
Clare Pedrick is fluent in English though she has lived in Italy for many years. She will accompany riders on many of the rides and is the contact for English speakers.
Andrea Bevilacqua is in charge of riding tuition. With a string of show-jumping successes to his name, Andrea gives riding lessons to novices and experts alike. He is a FISE instructor and regional show jumping champion with years of experience teaching show jumping and dressage.
He heads the trekking side of the business and was born and brought up in these hills. What he doesn't know about horses probably isn't worth knowing.
When not competing with her own horse, Valentina can be found hard at work, putting junior riders through their paces, with pony games and showjumping.
from Great Britain, May 2019
"Amazing !!!! "
I can't recommend this place enough !
Authentic food, scenery and people. You really get a unique experience like no other. The horses were so well trained, and there was plenty of room for riders of all levels. The instructors really made sure that everyone got the most out of the trips. The horses were so well matched to our individual level and had a great temperament.
The food is unreal, and I've never had better Italian than this - everything is locally produced and most from their own farm. We sat down with the family who runs the place, and despite language barriers, they still managed to make us feel very welcome and well taken care off.
The trail riding was completely different from anything I've tried before, and just an amazing experience. Thanks for an incredible stay, I will be back!
from Great Britain, May 2019
"Amazing Jumping, Trekking and Food!"
My entire experience at La Somma was excellent. It started with being in contact with Clare, who was always swift with her email replies and helped to clear any concerns I had in visiting as a lone traveler. On arrival I was met by Valentina who is very welcoming and friendly and ensured I was happy throughout my stay, nothing was too much to ask. She introduced me to the family, who are all super lovely and made me feel like one of them.
I came specifically to jump. I couldn't ask for better horses to ride, who were forward going and honest when I (often) made mistakes. Andrea, my instructor was encouraging and constructive, and was thoughtful in the exercises he set up to help me improve my seat, and challenge me appropriately. Thanks Andrea - what a star! I also managed a full day trek, lunch in the mountains and scenery that was beautiful.
The food was delicious - pretty much everything homemade, home bred, home grown. Clara works miracles in the kitchen! I definitely did not go hungry.
Thank you to everyone at La Somma for having me, I will definitely be returning one day! (I'm from the UK, not the US as suggested above)