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Breathtaking Horse Riding Holiday in Italy

In spite of its breathtaking setting, La Somma is surprisingly accessible and guests find that they can easily visit it 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!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: From 15 to 17 hands
  • Tack Type: English and Western
  • Horse Breed: Anglo-Arabs, Argentinians, Arab-cross, and sure-footed Maremannos

Meet the instructors

Clare, Andrea, & Agostino
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  • Half-day ride through the Butterfly Park
  • Ride past a beautiful Romanesque church
  • Long but gentle climb up to a huge alpine meadow, Monte Fionchi
  • Two wonderful day rides with memorable picnics in shady groves
  • Free one-hour lesson, doing flatwork or jumping
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Spoleto Railway Station
  • Full board meals including wine
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-9 participants
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  • Horse riding
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Fireplace

The center has a range of sleeping accommodations available, including eight chalets / apartments and bedrooms, all with en-suite 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 in 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 through 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, while 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 inquire.

Day 1: Arrive in Spoleto

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.

Day 2

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 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.

Day 3

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 at 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 and home to just two people, an old man and a woman who can often be seen tending to their animals.

Day 4

Today’s ride will be spectacular and fun. The terrain and scenery are very varied on the 35 kilometers the 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.

Day 5

You will savor breakfast and depart.


Clare Pedrick

Andrea Bevilacqua

Agostino Bevilacqua


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 away, making it perfect for a day trip or as an add-on to your visit.


  • Spoleto - 15 minutes
  • Perugia - 30 minutes



  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain walking
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Wine tasting


  • Bar
  • Fireplace


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 with the best Umbrian ingredients and accompanied by excellent local wine.

Alcoholic beverages are included at meals (but drinks taken at the bar at other times must be paid for). They also cater to guests with allergies and food intolerance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You may visit nearby Spoleto, a Roman-Renaissance gem, Montefalco with its wineries, frescoed churches, and exquisite piazza, or do some white water rafting on Corno River. 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.

What's included

  • 3 days of riding
  • Free one-hour riding lesson
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Spoleto Railway Station
  • Full board meals including wine
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra drinks from the bar in the clubhouse
  • Optional activities
  • Rafting

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Spoleto

  • Take the main road from Spoleto towards Terni / Rome.
  • You will see a tunnel right on the brow of a hill after approximately six kilometers.
  • Get into the left lane and turn left immediately after the tunnel and a bar called the Bar Belli.
  • Find the turning which is signposted Montebibico.
  • Take another sharp left immediately and then left again (following signs for Montebibico).
  • Follow the winding road up the hill for about one kilometer until you see a stone house with wooden shutters on the left.
  • Turn left here.
  • Drive up the unpaved road until you reach the stables (about 400 meters).

Arrival by airplane

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). Transfers from and to these airports are not provided.

Ryan Air and Easy Jet both fly into Rome, an easy drive or train ride away 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.

Arrival by train

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 offers a free pick-up / drop-off service to / from Spoleto Railway Station, an easy train journey away from Rome airports. A pick-up / drop-off from / to Rome airports is available for 200 EUR per car per way. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18.15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
5 days / 4 nights
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Special offer:

10% discount for all bookings from September, October, November 2020.

La Somma has flexible dates. Other dates may be available, as well, including during the Umbrian Adventure week. For more information please inquire.

Special information

Due to the corona virus,  La Somma are offering to reschedule holidays for those unable to travel due to the lockdown/cancelled flights, at no extra charge. This applies to guests who have already booked, and those planning to book



Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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