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6 Day Roman Chariot Trail and Horse Riding Holiday in Spoleto, Umbria

La Somma, Via dello Spagna 18, Montebibico, Spoleto, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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This trail ride offers the chance to sample some local history and beautiful scenery in this lovely corner of unspoiled southern Umbria. Some well-schooled and responsive horses will give you a safe, comfortable, and amazing riding time, regardless of being a novice or experienced rider. Guests can either do just the trail ride or they can stay for the whole week.

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 & Agostino
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Highlights

  • 4 days of riding
  • Riding on well-schooled and responsive horses
  • Beautiful scenery in a lovely corner of unspoiled southern Umbria
  • Passing the medieval hill town of Monteleone di Spoleto
  • Getting the chance for some trotting and cantering
  • A pool with stunning views
  • 5 nights accommodation

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4 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 5 participants
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Accommodation

Guests can do the trail ride three nights away and two nights at La Somma (before and after the trail ride). 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’ clubhouse 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. On the second and third nights, you will stay at an agritourism, in Monteleone di Spoleto. It is called Agriturismo Montebello.

Program

A ride to Monteleone di Spoleto

This trail ride offers the chance to sample some local history and beautiful scenery in this lovely corner of unspoiled southern Umbria. Guests can do the trail ride, which has four days of riding.

The horses

The stables have more than 70 horses, including Anglo-Arabs, sure-footed Maremmanos, and smaller ponies for children. All of them are well-schooled and responsive.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will arrive at La Somma. Then, you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 2

This trail ride will take you to the pretty little medieval hill town of Monteleone di Spoleto, which is tucked away among the hills of the wild and spectacular Valnerina Valley. You start the ride by meeting up with the horses, which will be trucked to the village of Precetto.

Perched on the other side of the bubbling Nera River from its twin village of Ferentillo, Precetto is a place where little has changed over the years, and both villages are guarded by ancient towers against marauding invaders.

From here, you will ride along a track that gradually winds up into the hills, passing the old customs point between the papal states and the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, where the papal symbol of Saint Peter’s Keys can still be seen.

This area is still known locally as the Salto del Cieco (Blindman’s Leap), after a band of brigands whose leader pretended to be a blind beggar before robbing passing travelers and hurling them to their deaths. You will stop for a picnic lunch nearby, with wine, and carry on over the crest of the hill where Monteleone di Spoleto beckons in the distance.

After riding along winding trails with amazing views in every direction, you will stop at a very comfortable agritourism which is just outside of Monteleone di Spoleto and will be home for you and your horses for the next two nights. Then, you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Today, after breakfast based on local products, you will ride on mainly level terrain along gentle paths around Monteleone di Spoleto. Some 100 years ago, a Roman chariot was found by a local peasant farmer in his field, who unwittingly sold it to a trader for a very small sum.

The chariot is now in New York and the object of a bitter struggle, though you can admire its replica in town. Then, you will have a picnic lunch before continuing the ride around Monteleone, with plenty of canters for those who want to. Later, you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Today, you will leave Monteleone di Spoleto and ride down a different trail, passing through the dramatically poised hill villages of Gavelli and Caso, where you will stop for lunch. From there, you will ride towards Scheggino, a pretty little town on the river’s edge, that is famous for the trout that swim right through the town center.

You will carry on your ride along gentle paths until you reach Sant’Anatolia di Narco and the former Benedictine monastery, which is now a hotel that will be your home for this night. The horses will be let out to graze nearby, fed, and settled while you take showers, have dinner, and overnight. Your bags will be delivered by car in the meantime.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will saddle up and ride along the banks of the beautiful Nera River, passing an ancient abbey and a number of villages. There will be a chance for some trotting and cantering before you enter the village of Ferentillo, where the horse box and cars will be waiting to take you back to base. Later, you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Those who are not staying for a full week will depart after having breakfast.

Instructors

Clare Pedrick

Agostino Bevilacqua

Location

Situated in some of the loveliest countrysides anywhere in Europe, La Somma offers riding holidays exploring rolling mountains, hidden valleys, and medieval hill villages in this unspoiled corner of Umbria 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.

The La Somma riding stables are situated in some of the most spectacular countryside to be found anywhere in Italy. Set up on a plateau overlooking the mountains and valleys around Spoleto, the scenery is stunning, with varied landscapes ranging from craggy rocks and peaks to soft rolling hills and cool and quiet woodland, home to porcupines, woodpeckers, and wild boars.

Distances

  • Spoleto - 15 minutes
  • Perugia - 30 minutes

Features

Activities

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

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

Things to do (optional)

  • Cycling
  • Mountain walking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 4 days of riding
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities

How to get there

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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.

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6 days / 5 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday June 5, 2021
Departure: Thursday June 10, 2021

Special discount

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

Special information

Due to the corona virus,  La Somma is 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

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