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In spite of its breathtaking setting, La Somma is surprisingly accessible, and thanks to the low-cost flights many of the guests are finding that they can visit La Somma for a short break to do some serious riding, eat some memorable meals, and recharge their batteries. Take part in show jumping (or dressage) combo here at the Centro Ippico La Somma. La Somma has excellent facilities to enable this special show jumping tuition and trekking combination to take place. Lessons will be taught by the center's main instructor, Andrea Bevilacqua, a FISE instructor and regional show jumping champion with years of experience teaching show jumping and dressage. In addition to the invaluable lessons, you will also have the chance to ride out and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. Beginners and novice riders can also receive lessons appropriate to their level and dressage tuition is available instead of show jumping.
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.
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.
Upon arrival at Spoleto Train Station, you will be transferred to the riding center. After settling into your room, you will be able to have a look around the stables, relax in the clubhouse, or sit down to enjoy your first delicious meal.
Your horse riding holiday will start off on the first day with a three-hour trek. You will pass through shady paths in the chestnut woods and you’ll have time to admire the magnificent gnarled old trees which have supplied chestnuts to generations of people living in this area and to spot the wild cyclamen as well as other flowers before climbing up into the foothills of Mount Acetella, today’s destination.
There are plenty of chances to trot or canter along these paths. Afterwards, you will head up to the top of Mount Acetella itself where you will be rewarded with more stunning views here on top of the world. You will head back to the stables via another series of trails for lunch. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the stables to become acquainted with your horse and instructor for the week and enjoy your first one-hour lesson.
Today will be the time to recap on the previous day's lessons with two more in the morning and afternoon. There will be free time in between the lessons for you to relax.
This half-day ride 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 which are perfect for cantering for those who want to and trotting for those who don't. There are also splendid views of mountains, valleys, and hill villages in all directions. You will ride back for lunch at the clubhouse.
Pianella, the destination for this day-long trek of five to six hours (35 kilometers), is 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 can pause to admire the exquisite little village of Castagnacupa.
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 which is close to Spoleto and back over the hills via Catinelli, a village poised spectacularly on a rock outcrop.
After your rest day from the school yesterday, today will be back to work with two one hour lessons in the morning and afternoon.
Today will be your final day of riding and the chance to re-cap on your week's show jumping or dressage tuition with a one-hour lesson in the morning and afternoon to round off your week.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Spoleto Train Station.
Note: Half-board option is available at reduced price. For more information please send inquiry.
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.
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 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 which is a short drive away for a small entrance charge that also covers transport.
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport
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Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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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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