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Central Apennine Mountains Ride


Itinerary for Central Apennine Mountains Ride



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
You are expected to arrive on Saturday evening at the farm-house. After a welcome drink there will be dinner with your host/guide. A three-course Italian dinner will be served every night, accompanied by local wines.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farmhouse


Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride
The morning is yours. You may sleep in, take your time over breakfast, do whatever you like. Before lunch there is a safety-briefing. Then we groom and saddle up the horses, followed by a short demonstration in western riding. After lunch we do a test-ride (three hours) to enable you to get acquainted with the horse you are going to ride on the trek.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farmhouse


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Capracotta
At about 10 A.M. we leave the house. Today’s destination is Capracotta. This little village (500 inhabitants) is situated at 5200 feet, which makes it one of the highest municipalities in Italy. Curiously the name literally means “cooked goat”.
Before lunch we ride through endless fields. After 2.5 hours it is time for a delicious picnic. After this we make a lengthy canter through a long valley. At the end Capracotta dooms up, but it will take about two hours of riding to get there. We are staying in a hotel and dinner is at a restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Capracotta


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Prato Gentile
Today we will make a day-ride and climb “il Monte Campo”. The highest point is at 5235 feet. From here, we get a gorgeous view of “Alto Molise”and the Abruzzo. We follow small paths along the slope of the mountain until we reach our picnic place. After this, we follow cross-country skiing slopes, which lead through a wood of silver firs. A little later, we arrive at Prato Gentile, which literally means “kind meadow”. In the afternoon, we descend to Capracotta and ride through an open landscape with many meadows. The night will be spent at the same hotel, but dinner is at a different restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Capracotta


Day 5 (Wednesday): Capracotta to San Pietro Avellana
After a few canters, we follow a gravel road, which gradually goes uphill. The horses enjoy their breathing space while we riders enjoy the view of four different mountain ranges, namely the Colle dell’Orso, the Matese, the Mainarde and the national Park of Abruzzo.
After the picnic, the trail leads us into the direction of the little village San Pietro Avellana. We spend the night at a B&B in the town. Outside the village we leave the horses in a field where we have to make a paddock with electric wire.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a B&B in San Pietro Avellana


Day 6 (Thursday): San Pietro Avellana to Littorio’s “agriturismo”
After a short ride we pass Montedimezzo, which used to belong to the royal family of the Bourbons. Nowadays, this former royal hunting lodge is a museum. The forest around it is protected by UNESCO. Worldwide this organization protects 256 forests. Four of them are located in Italy; two of which in Molise. We pass this forest and later we reach a Tratturo (Celano-Foggia) which we follow for a while. Mario, a friend of our guide, will invite us to his his place for the picnic lunch.
After this, it will take 2 hours before we arrive at Littorio’s “Agriturismo”, where we sleep and leave the horses in the paddocks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Agriturismo near Roccasicura


Day 7 (Friday): Ride back to the Farmhouse
After breakfast we follow part of the Tratturo Castel di Sangro-Lucera. A Tratturo is a 2000 years old track that is still used to move cattle from the far south where grass is scarce in summer. Around midday, we reach Pescolanciano. Here we stop for lunch, which will be served at a little restaurant.
In the afternoon, we climb the hills that border on the forest of Collemelucio. This is the other forest protected by UNESCO. The project is called Man and Biosphere (MAB).
The last few miles on horseback take us over open heath land and dense oak-woods. At about 5 P.M. we are back at the farm-house, unsaddle the horses for the last time and enjoy the farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farmhouse


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

Due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the program may have to be adapted.
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Central Apennine Mountains Ride
Tour Code: IT-ITMC01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,300.00
Dates : June & October

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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A 2020 06/06 - 06/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /8 Expired
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /8 Reserve
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Airport: Naples
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