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Central Apennine Mountains Ride

Itinerary for Central Apennine Mountains Ride

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1: Saturday
We will pick you up from the Isernia train station for 19:45 and drive you to the farmhouse. 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.

Day 2: Sunday
The morning is yours. You may sleep late, 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. Dinner and BB are at the farm-house.

Day 3: Monday
At about 10 a.m. we leave the house. Today’s destination is Capracotta. This little village (500 inhabitants) is situated at 5,200 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 at a hotel and dinner is at a restaurant.

Day 4: Tuesday
Today we will make a day-ride and climb “il Monte Campo”. The highest point is at 5,235 feet. From here we get a gorgeous view of “Alto Molise” and the Abruzzo. After this we follow cross-country skiing slopes, which lead through a wood of silver firs. Picnic is at the Rio Verde (green river). 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.

Day 5: Wednesday
After a few canters we follow a gravel road, which gradually goes upwards. 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 picnic the trail leads us into the direction of the little village San Pietro Avellana. We dine and spend the night at a little hotel, which is only a few miles from the village. Outside the village we leave the horses in a field were we have to make a paddock with electric wire. We sleep in B&B and go out for pizza.

Day 6: Thursday
After about an hour we pass Montedimezzo which used to belong to the royal family of the Bourbons. The hunting lodge nowadays is a museum. The forest is protected by UNESCO. Worldwide, this organization protects 256 forests. Four of them are located in Italy; two of which in Molise. Then we ride to “il re Faione”. This “King of beech-trees” is almost 500 years old. We have picnic on the top of a hill with a nice view of the surroundings. After this it will take two hours at the most before we arrive at Littorio’s “agriturismo”. Up till quite recently he used to keep horses, so the paddocks next to his house are for us to use.

Day 7: Friday
After breakfast we follow part of the Tratturo Castel di Sangro-Lucera. A Tratturo is a 2,000 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. About 5 p.m. we are back at the farm-house, unsaddle the horses for the last time and enjoy the farewell dinner.

Day 8: Saturday
Departure after 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 ~$1,325.00
Dates : May-July, October

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 /8 Expired
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, Haflinger, Appaloosa, Paint a...
Pace: Ride at all paces. 5.5 riding days 5-6...
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Airport: Naples
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