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Colle dell'Orso - through the Valley of the Bear
Abruzzo/Molise Italy
Ride with the wild horses and visit the enchanting Magic Forest...

Come explore the Alto Molise with its rolling hills, vast meadows and forest lands from the comforts of a Western saddle and one of our handsome and trusty Quarter horses, Appaloosas or Paints.  In this rural and unspoilt part of Italy, far from the crowds, “festina lente” (hurry slowly) is part of the life-style, as are traditional late dining hours. We may not always be able to keep a strict time-table, but we do hope you will enjoy the “dolce vita”, the delicious Italian cooking and excellent wines, unspoilt nature and absence of stress!  Things were not so quiet long ago -  it took the Romans three centuries of warfare before they finally conquered the region, which then became part of the infanous Roman Empire (79 B.C) and with this ride we wish to share with you the history and beauty of our location.
First we offer you a couple of relaxing days on the farm, which itself impressively dates back to 1885, and from here we we have gentle explorations nearby, before we head out on our big trek.  Our trail will start with a visit  the remains of a Samnitic temple and then follow the Tratturo Castel di Sangro - Lucera. A Tratturo, a 2000 years old track that is still used to move cattle from the far south! We will ride across a splendid plateau with a variety of cherished views and then we enter the "Valley of the Bear". The trail will get steeper, climbing to an 3,700 ft elevation over narrow paths and through beech-woods with carpets of leaves and enjoying the most splendid views of the Abruzzi and Matese Mountain ranges, with impressive peaks of approximately 6,500 feet. And low and behold we will come upon the biggest attraction of the ride - the semi-wild horses which live on the huge mountain plateau (sightings of wild horses are not guaranteed)! From the end of April until the beginning of November there can be hundreds of them! And a thrilling canter with one of these herds is truly an unforgettable experience! But even after we see the wild horses, the adventure still continues onward to the Magic Forest, an enchanting woodland completely sheltered by rocks with only two ways of access, a unique and special ride. Finally we ride through Civitanova del Sannio a pre-roman Samnite settlement and follow the Trigno to Pescolanciano, climbing the hills that border on the UNESCO protected forest of Collemelucio and eventually we find ourselves back home of the farm, for a delicious farewell dinner! The farm is at the edge of the woods and overlooks a beautiful valley and the nearest neighbours live in Carovilli, a little village 4 miles away. This is the right place to relax one final night and get away from it all. 


Progressive Ride (no camping)
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Isernia
Airport: Rome or Naples
Transfer: Isernia train station at 7:45 PM - drop off 9:30 AM on last day
Riders: Min 6 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Colle dell'Orso - through the Valley of the Bear
    Tour Code: IT-ITVB01
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,200.00
    Dates : May- Sept

    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: Western tack
    Horses: Quarter, Appaloosa, Paint and cross br...
    Pace: All paces. 5 to 7 hrs in the saddle on...

    Airport: Rome or Naples
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