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Mediterranean Cilento Ride and Cook

Itinerary for Mediterranean Cilento Ride and Cook

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes
Sequence of days may change

Day 1: Saturday
Arrival after lunch. We will greet you and invite you for a welcome drink. Before dinner you will meet with your riding guide for the week to go over the itinerary.  If there is still time, we will ride for an hour at the riding center to get acquainted with the horses.

Day 2: Sunday- The Crest of the Gods
We leave Casal Velino and ride along Velia’s coastal route for about 8 km to the archaeological site of Elea-Velia where the Eleatic School was founded by Parmenides and Zeno.
The Angevin Tower overlooks the ruins. We will leave the horses outside and make a quick visit to the archaeological site accompanied by an expert guide. We will then continue our ride through an ancient olive-grove of the “Pisciotta” variety, to join the path of the Ridge of the Gods, close to the terraces sacred to Jupiter. The path runs alongside the walls of the ancient village and is immersed in a beautifully preserved landscape where you can breathe in the typical scents of the Mediterranean scrub land. Another 10 km ride up to an altitude of 250 metres above sea-level where we can admire the exquisite landscape of the sea, the tower and the two gulfs of Ascea and Casal Velino.
Further inland we will enter into the National Park of Cilento, keeping ahead of us the Sacred Mount (1705 m above sea-level), destination of many pilgrimages. From the top of the ridge we can admire Lake Petrosa, surrounded by its luxuriant vegetation. On our way down the ridge we will ride along the shores of the lake (94 m above sea-level) and enter a thick pine forest where we will stop to rest and let the horses drink. We return to the agritourism in the evening.  (18 miles)
**less experienced riders can opt for instructions and shorter trails.

Day 3: Monday- Cooking Course
The course of Cilento-Mediterranean cooking will prepare and present some of the typical dishes of the region.
- Cilento-Mediterranean cooking: typical pasta recipes, pasta-sauces, meat and side-dishes
- Vegetarian cooking: vegetables-legumes soups, season-vegetables, stuffed vegetables
- Pastries and biscuits: cilento cake, cannoli with cream, traditional cookies

It is also possible to learn how to make bread and to participate in a guided tour to the mill to sea how different kinds of wheat are transformed into flour. You  also get a little book with some of the private recipes so you can try it on your own once at you are back at home.

In the morning we cook:
We start lessons after breakfast. Claudia (your interpreter) will spend some time explaining what we are going to do and talk a little bit about the eating habits and traditions of Cilento. Then each person gets an "Moresani" apron which they can take home and we go into the kitchen where "Aunt Melina" our main chef is waiting to start. Don't worry, she has a lot of patience! Each person will prepare every step of the recipe while it is interpreted step by step in English. Each week is dedicated to different dishes but often we change it if guests have special requests. When we make pasta everybody has to start from dough, then make the stuffing and the sauce! Together you can decide to eat your dishes for lunch or dinner where Gino will offer you a bottle of wine. 

In the afternoon we meet and visit local different locations:
we take you to a wine producer to taste different kinds of wines and show how it is produced.
-in our cheese factory to see the making of our goat cheese and tasting it fresh.
-to an olive mill (if in season) for the making of olives, you could also help with the picking.
-in the restaurant for an analysis of extra virgin olive oil under the guidance of slow food member, who shows us how to distinguish good oil from inferior ones and how to use it in different foods.
-to a mill for the transformation of corn into flour. 
If you are really interested in food and cooking, you will really enjoy this place because here you see everything from how the products grow and eventually are transformed into delicious dishes.

Day 4: Tuesday- Between the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance
We start out along the road that skirts the hills to the right of the agriturismo and ride 3 km to the small Church of San Giovanni (Saint John). The Church, which dates back to the XIV century, is thought to have been built by Basilian monks.
Then on towards Celso (10 km from the departure point) which is completely immersed in the countryside, along tracks which allow you to fully admire the beauties of the Mediterranean scrubland (broom, bramble, heather, holm-oak, oak and sorb). We will enter Celso through the arch of Mazziotti’s Palace (now a national monument) which belonged to a Baron and a very illustrious scholar. Celso, an ancient medieval village dating back to 1050, was the scene of the events of the Risorgimento in Cilento which took place in 1828 and 1848. We then leave the village (418 m above sea-level) and ride on towards Pollica past a woods of young chestnut trees and then again through the Mediterranean scrubland that becomes the natural frame to the blue sea and spectacular coastline. We enter Pollica through a Franciscan Monastery founded in 1611 by Prince Capano. Along the streets of the town we can admire the typical stone portals and the 17th Century Palace Tower which dominates the village. We stop here for a picnic lunch.
After lunch, we leave Pollica and continue our journey along narrow paths, past gorges and streams until we reach Pioppi and the sea. We return to the agritourism in the evening.   (20 miles)
**less experienced riders can opt for instructions and shorter trails.

Day 5: Wednesday- Cooking Course
Morning cooking course - afternoon visit to local producers or free time to relax or organize a sightseeing tour.

Day 6: Thursday- Along the Crest of Mount Stella
After breakfast we will saddle the horses and start riding towards Mount Stella. We will follow the trails next to the river and pass through woods of intense Mediterranean scrub. After some km. the trail will start rising up the hill to the Crest where cows pasture in complete freedom. The view from there is so beautiful that it does not seem real, rather like a painting. The hills are covered by olive-trees that almost reach the sea. Once we reach Guarrazzano, a very small town along the mountain, we'll stop for lunch. You’ll enjoy a barbecue and some good local wine in the shadow of ancient trees. After watering the horses it will be time to saddle the horses again and start riding until we reach the town of Stella Cilento. According to the history, inhabitants of this town were famous for breeding pigs! In fact, originally the town had the name of “Porcili”. Afterwards it’s time to take the way home following a trail that allows us to view other small villages.  (20 miles)
**less experienced riders can opt for instructions and shorter trails.

Day 7: Friday- Cooking Course
Morning cooking course & afternoon visit to local producers or free time to relax or organize a sightseeing tour.

Day 8: Saturday
Departure after breakfast.


Non-Riding Activities
Available are guided tours to the archaeological site of Velia, interesting walking tours along the crest of the gods and the suggestive trails of Cilento passing through the ancient towns. Participating in bowshot (archery), swimming in the pool and also joining in the main rural works on the farm (picking olives, milking the goats, making cheese in our cheese-factory...) will make your stay interesting and pleasant.
The farm is the ideal place for those who love open air sports. Nature is the real protagonist here, you’ll want to go hiking through the uncontaminated woods and the typical Mediterranean landscape or walk along beautiful trails and visit the medieval towns of the National Park of Cilento.

Hiking: Alta Via del Monte Stella
Length: 3h30’, Difficulty: medium
This route follows the crest of Mount Stella and is one of the principal mountain paths of the area.
The excursion can be started in the town of Montecorice, in the village of Cosentini, Ortodonico or in the town of Perdifumo. Starting from Cosentini you will pass through an area called “ Montanari” reaching the country road. Starting from Perdifumo instead, you will follow the crest of Punta Carpinia until reaching the equipped area of Monte Corbara. The path will bring you through a wooded area along the crest and offers many panoramic views. You will be able to observe “Mount Cervati”, the “Alburni”, Cape Palinuro, the gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi coast. This itinerary, which offers a landscape painting of rare beauty, also has a rich historical background. Along the way you will see the ruins of the “Castelluccio” and the Chapel of the “Madonna della Stella” whose cult dates back to the pre-Christian age.
Walking down from Mount Stella, through a beautiful wood you’ll reach the so called “Vivaio”, an ideal place for some relaxing.

Hiking: Casal Velino - Acciaroli
Length: 2-5h, Difficulty: medium
This route is one of the best known in the area and follows the southern slope of Mount Stella. It starts in the panoramic town of Casal Velino following an easy path which offers you a splendid view on the country and takes you to the town of Celso. If you like you can take the ancient road through the green valley and along the stream Mortelle until you find a stony staircase that reaches Celso.
From Celso, another panoramic path takes you to the convent of San Francesco and then to Pollica which has a well-preserved historical center and a small castle. This route is all down hill, passing through the village of Cannicchio, unchanged in all these years, and through a wonderful Mediterranean scrub until reaching the coast. The walk ends on the sea and along the streets of Acciaroli, a characteristic seafaring town. This route can be also started in the town of Celso, going towards the village of Galdo, or following the river as far as Pioppi where you can take a bath in its crystal clear water.
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Mediterranean Cilento Ride and Cook
Tour Code: IT-ITSR12C
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,185.00
Dates : March-May, Sept-Oct

Trip Rating :
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 03/14 - 03/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 03/21 - 03/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 03/28 - 04/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 04/04 - 04/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 04/11 - 04/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 04/18 - 04/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 04/25 - 05/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 05/02 - 05/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 05/09 - 05/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 05/16 - 05/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 05/23 - 05/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 09/12 - 09/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
A 2020 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /5 Reserve
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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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