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In spite of its breathtaking setting, La Somma is surprisingly accessible and guests find that they easily can visit for a short break to do some serious riding, eat some memorable meals, and recharge their batteries. Now, you are exclusively invited to this short break horse riding program in Italy. You will enjoy rides through breathtaking paths that you never imagined before, and you will be enchanted by this country's beauty. Saddle up and enjoy the views!
The center has a range of sleeping accommodation available including eight chalets/apartments and bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and furnished to a high standard in traditional Umbrian style. Some have kitchen areas. All of them look out onto spectacular views of the surrounding woods and mountains and all have central heating for the winter. Some have fireplaces. The stables' club house is a large airy room with beams and terracotta floors and magnificent views from the bar area. A huge fireplace provides the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after a long day's ride.
La Somma has designed an action-packed short break that will take you in one half-day and two full day rides. They’ve even thrown in a free one-hour lesson to help you develop your technique or do some jumping.
The stables have more than 70 horses including Anglo-Arabs, Argentinians, Arab-cross, sure-footed Maremannos, and smaller ponies for children. All of them are well-schooled and responsive so that experienced riders can be sure of finding a good mount but novice and nervous riders will also feel safe and comfortable.
Here is a sample program, but you can tack on extra days or rides as required, so please enquire.
You will be picked up at the train station and transferred to the stables. Three-course dinner with wine will be served in the clubhouse. Your accommodation will be in comfortable chalets.
You will start off with a half-day ride that will take you through the grounds of a magnificent 600-hectare private estate called La Tenuta dello Schioppo but known locally as Il Parco delle Farfalle, the Butterfly Park. There are wide avenues that are perfect for cantering for those who want to and trotting for those who don’t and splendid views of mountains, valleys, and hill villages in all directions. You will ride back for lunch at the clubhouse with a free afternoon to relax or go exploring in nearby Spoleto (transport can be provided at a reasonable cost). Alternatively, you can have a free one-hour lesson, doing flatwork or jumping, depending on your level. Dinner will be served in the clubhouse.
Pianella will be the destination for this day-long trek of five to six hours (35 kilometers), a gloriously peaceful spot in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. To get there, you will ride through woods and trails and down into a hidden valley where you will pause to admire the exquisite little village of Castagnacupa whose old stone houses have all been recently restored. From here, you will ride past a beautiful Romanesque church and into more woodland before reaching the shady meadow where you will have lunch, tying the horses to a post and rails and sitting on wooden tables and benches thoughtfully provided for picnickers. After lunch, you will head on through the old village of Pompagnano, close to Spoleto, and back over the hills via Catinelli, a village poised spectacularly on a rock outcrop.
Today’s ride will be a spectacular one and great fun too. The terrain and scenery are very varied during the 35 kilometers that riders will spend in the saddle. Winding through woodland trails, you will come to the hamlet of Torrecolla before passing a delightful stone church and heading along some wider paths. Then, it's time to begin the long but gentle climb up to Monte Fionchi, a huge alpine meadow at the top of a 1300-meter-high mountain, where riders can refresh themselves with a drink from an ice-cold mountain spring. A leisurely picnic lunch will be served in a meadow close to another lovely Umbrian country church, the Chiesa di Sant'Antonio. The return leg will take you through the wild and staggeringly beautiful Valnerina past abandoned villages stuck to the side of the mountain through other inhabited hill villages and back to the stables. Dinner will be served in the clubhouse.
You will savor breakfast and depart.
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.
Situated in some of the loveliest countryside anywhere in Europe, La Somma offers riding holidays exploring rolling mountains, hidden valleys, and medieval hill villages in this unspoilt corner of Umbri where time appears to have stood still. The stables are just a 15-minute drive from Spoleto with its Roman, medieval, and Renaissance treasures and enticing array of shops and restaurants. The area is also an excellent base for walking, cycling, and even rafting. Rome is an easy train journey, making it perfect for a day trip or as an add-on to your visit.
Full board meals will be served including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food is high on the agenda in this part of the world and you will eat well and heartily during your stay with home-cooked dishes prepared from the best Umbrian ingredients and accompanied by the excellent local wine. Alcoholic beverages are included at meals (but drinks taken at the bar at other times must be paid for). Cater for guests with allergies and food intolerance.
You may visit nearby Spoleto, a Roman-Renaissance gem, Montefalco with its wineries, frescoed churches, and exquisite piazza, or white water rafting on the River Corno. All can be arranged for a supplement. In summer, guests can go to a swimming pool in a picturesque hill village a short drive away for a small entrance charge that also covers transport.
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport
Transfer not provided
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Transfer not provided
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), or San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG).
Ryan Air and Easy Jet both fly into Rome, an easy drive or train ride from Spoleto where La Somma will send a car to pick you up. Ryan Air also flies into Perugia which is just 30 minutes away. Many of the guests add on an extra day or two to visit Rome.
Pick-up and drop-off at Spoleto Railway Station are included in the price. La Somma will send a car to pick you up.
La Somma offer a free pick up/drop off service to/from Spoleto railway station, an easy train journey from the Rome airports. A pick-up/drop off from/to the Rome airports is available for €200 per car one way. For more information, please send inquiry.
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