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Mediterranean Cilento Park Ride


Mediterranean Cilento Park Ride
Campania Italy

South of Amalfi and Pompeii and just past the Gulf of Salerno, the coast of Italy projects out into the sea in a series of dramatic headlands and broad sweeping bays.
This is the area of Cilento, most of which is protected as a National Park. Your base for the week is a delightful hilltop farm with views overlooking the verdant park. Each day you ride out to explore the surrounding parkland, with a rest day for all in the middle of the week. The routes have been carefully researched, with names that reflect the Greek, Roman and more recent heritage of the area; The Crest of the Gods, Between the Middle Age and Renaissance, the Salt Trail and the Route of the Monks.
On some days you will ride high up into the mountains with tremendous views of the surrounding countryside, on others you head to the shore for faster rides along the sandy beaches. Farm trails lead you through fruit orchards on the valley floor, into terraced olive groves and to beautiful wilderness areas of wild broom, rosemary and fennel. Other routes pass through ancient villages clinging to the steep valley sides where you may stop for a coffee in a local bar.
Accommodation is in beautifully restored cottages, simply decorated and furnished in keeping with the local style. The ensuite bedrooms have tiled floors and high ceilings with fans. It is possible to pay a little more to have your own private veranda. There is also a large swimming pool which is open from mid May to early October.
The food prepared will be an important part of your holiday. Meals are based around the seasons so vegetables and fruits are eaten when they are at their best. At lunch, the support crew meet the riders for a picnic, prepared freshly from the farm kitchen. There is time to stop, relax and find some shade before saddling up for the afternoon ride. At dinner enjoy Italian cooking at its best. Most of the food you eat has been grown and prepared on the farm, from the vegetables and meat to pasta, bread and cured hams. The farm even makes its own cheese and wine. This farm is part of the Slow Food movement which started in Italy, but is now an international organization that aims to counteract fast food and the fast way of life.
On the day of rest, you may choose to relax by the pool, walk into the nearby village or with prior notice we can arrange for you to visit Pompeii or to have a cookery lesson arranged and learn more about the Mediterranean cooking of the area (minimum three people).

For 2012 we will be offering a few weeks that travel from inn to inn, exploring the Cilento even further into the back country and nature. Overnight stays will be at lovely rural country inns.


Progressive Ride (no camping)
Center-based ride

Meeting: Casal Velino
Airport: Naples Capodichino
Transfer: Train from Naples (not included)
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 6 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 12

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    Mediterranean Cilento Park Ride
    Tour Code: IT-ITSR12
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,125.00
    Dates : March - June, Sept - Nov

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: English
    Horses: Italian breeds. Sure footed and steady...
    Pace: The pace varies depending on the terra...

    Airport: Naples Capodichino
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