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8 Day Summer Horse Riding Adventure in Spoleto, Province of Perugia

La Somma, Frazione Montebibico, 40, Montebibico, Spoleto, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Spectacular Horse Riding Holiday in Italy

In a panoramic setting surrounded by woodland and overlooking mountains and valleys on all sides, the stables is the perfect antidote to the stress and strains of city life. You are invited to take part in this spectacular horse riding holiday with La Somma. You will enjoy horse riding through Roman ruins and the footsteps of Saint Francis. All the equestrian staffs are also highly professional and well-qualified and great attention to the safety as well as ensuring that your riding will be fun. Get to know this magical country on a horseback!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: From 15 to 17 hands
  • Horse Breed: Anglo-Arabs, sure-footed Maremmanos, Arabs and other smaller horses
  • Tack Type: English and Western

Meet the instructors

Clare, Andrea, & Agostino
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Highlights

  • Roman ruin rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • Trail ride to a beautiful Franciscan monastery
  • Head up to the top of wonderful Mount Acetella
  • Full-day ride past a country church to Torrecolla
  • Half-day ride through the Butterfly Park
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • A pool (with stunning views)
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-9 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

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.

Program

This week-long special summer itinerary that is available in June, July and August will involve a spectacular two-day trail with a night's camping where you will be served a three-course meal on top of the world. This horse riding holiday is suitable for all level although a certain degree of stamina is required.

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 so that experienced riders can be sure of finding a good mount but novice and nervous riders will also feel safe and comfortable.

Itinerary

Saturday

You will arrive at Spoleto Train Station and have a 20-minute transfer to the stables where you can settle in and wander around to see the horses. Thereafter, you will enjoy dinner and overnight.

Sunday

Your riding holiday will start off in a fairly leisurely way on the first day to give riders the chance to get to know their horses. You will pass through shady paths among 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 and other flowers that grow in the woods before climbing steeply up into the foothills of Mount Acetella, today's destination.

There are plenty of chances to trot or canter along these paths but don't forget to stop and take stock of the magnificent views here. You can see high mountain peaks in the distance with the stables and Montebibico, a medieval village where time seems to have stood still nestling in the foreground - a great place for a photograph. Afterward, you will head up to the top of Mount Acetella itself, just a short climb, where you will be rewarded with more stunning views. You will then head back to the stables via another series of trails for lunch.

Monday (6.5 to 7 hours)

Today, the serious riding will begin as you will set out on the first leg of a two-day trail that will take in some exquisite Roman ruins, a 13th-century monastery founded by Saint Francis himself and a three-course dinner on top of the world. It will be a long ride but there will be plenty of stops and some unforgettable sights along the way. You will set off through chestnut woods, past the village of Montebibico, and up into the foothills of Mount Acetella. From here, you can see the final goal - the Martani mountain range, famous for its fossils. Thereafter, you will wind down through trails to the village of Giuncano and climb up again through oak woods to Torre Maggiore, a magnificent setting with 360-degree views.

Here, you will water the horses and stop for a picnic lunch in a forest glade. After a two-hour break, it's time to re-saddle and begin the one hour and a half-trek along the crest of the mountains to Carsulae. This ancient Roman settlement is in a dramatic setting perched on the mountainside with none of the crowds you get in Rome. There will be plenty of time to visit the well-preserved amphitheater and walk along the ancient Flaminian Way complete with runnels carved by chariots in the flagstones. You can also stop for a drink at the bar. Then, you will ride back to Torre Maggiore and settle the horses in before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner served at the table with coffee taken around a campfire. Those who wish can camp the night with tents and equipment provided. However, anyone wanting a hot shower and a real bed will be driven by Jeep back to the stables (35 minutes) and brought back again after breakfast the following morning.

Tuesday (5 to 6 hours)

After breakfast, if time permits, you will take a trail to a beautiful Franciscan monastery, l'Eremita degli Arnolfi (Arnolfi Hermitage), founded by Saint Francis and now restored to some of its former glory. From there, you will set off along mountain trails to the pretty village of Macerino nestling among the woods. A substantial cooked al fresco lunch with wine will be served at table in the shady grounds of a stunningly pretty Romanesque church, the Madonna di Panico.

There will be time for a rest before re-saddling and riding through trails, then clattering through the picturesque village of Castagnacupa whose old stone houses have all been recently restored. From here, you will head along wide mountain paths to the village of Catinelli, precariously poised on an outcrop. The stables are within sight now, an hour's ride past the village of Montebibico and back through the chestnut woods. There will be plenty of time for a good hot shower before dinner prepared in the clubhouse by the stables' very capable cooks.

Wednesday

Today, you will take things a bit easier with a half-day ride up into the mountains which you can see from your chalets. The pace is mixed according to terrain and abilities but there is plenty of scope for a canter for those who want to. From the stables, you will pass through chestnut woods to Montebibico following a series of trails which wind gently past small farms and up into the foothills of Mount Acetella. Up on top of the mountain, there are splendid views of Spoleto with its 13th century viaduct and ancient castle. On a clear day, you can see right up the valley as far as Assisi. There will be time for photographs or a shortstop before you will begin your descent down another set of paths back to the stables for lunch.

Thursday

In this morning, you will set off on a full-day ride along a path that will take you past a pretty country church to the village of Torrecolla and from there along wide trails where there is good scope for trotting or cantering. You will turn off to ride through the village of Casigliano before you can clatter through the picturesque village of Strettura. A series of trails will take you up to the place where you will have lunch today - the grounds of an old house overlooking mountains and valleys where a long table will be set and a hearty lunch served to hungry riders.

In spring, this is a terrific place for picking the wild asparagus which grow on the hillsides here. On the way back, you will pass by the church of San Pietro Martire, a tiny chapel in the middle of nowhere, still used to this day by some of the outlying villages. From there, you will ride through the woods to the village of Acqualacastagna and back to the stables.

Friday

Today's final 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 perfect for trotting or cantering and splendid views of mountains, valleys, and hill villages in all directions.

In a woodland glade, a huntsman's table has been fashioned out of local chestnut wood and this will be the stopping place for an aperitif. In May and June, these woods are carpeted with tiny wild strawberries. 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 reasonable cost) before meeting in the clubhouse for a drink and farewell dinner.

Saturday

You will depart after breakfast.

Important information

In warmer months and in times of a full (or nearly full) moon, it may be possible to replace a full day ride with a memorable night ride up onto the mountain of Monte Acetella. Riders will be met by the stables' Jeep and served a camp-fire supper as they scan the skies for shooting stars. The return leg of the journey takes place by the light of the moon.

Note: Half-board option is available at reduced price. For more information please send inquiry.

Instructors

Clare Pedrick

Andrea Bevilacqua

Agostino Bevilacqua

Location

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.

Distances

  • Perugia - 30 minutes
  • Spoleto, 12 kilometers - 15-minute drive

Features

Activities

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

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Cycling
  • Exploring in nearby Spoleto
  • Rafting
  • Walking

What's included

  • 6-day horse riding sessions
  • 3-6 hours approximate daily riding time
  • 3 free lessons, jumping or flatwork for holidays booked by March 31 2019
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • 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 in 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).

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.

Arrival by train

Pick-up and drop-off at Spoleto railway station is included in the price.

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.

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
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8 days / 7 nights
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Special offer

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

For the group of 8 people, one spot is for free.

 

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

Saturday August 15, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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