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Italy has much to offer. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, and its three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduces just about everyone particularly horse riders. There is a great deal of variety in the landscape in Italy, although it is characterised predominantly by two mountain chains: the Alps and the Apennines. More than three-quarters of the Italian countryside is hilly or mountainous which is interesting for horse riders.10% of Italy is protected by law and there are 20 National and 130 Regional Parks where you are able to enjoy the benefits of a protected environment so there are large areas of totally unspoilt country in which you can ride.

Unparalleled in its diversity, Italy offers delights ranging from fine wines and exceptional cuisine to high art and great historical sites. Every region has something different to offer the horse rider. The peaceful Puglia region in southern Italy is renowned for its stunning whitewashed coastal homesteads, serene hills cloaked in olive groves and vineyards, and medieval villages connected by narrow, winding streets. In Tuscany they are renowned for their Maremma and Sicilian horses. In Siena there is an enormous medieval pageant and festival - part of the clelebrations include a well known horse race around the square called the Palio. Wherever you ride in Italy, there are ruined castles and fortresses and deserted hamlets to ride through. Riding through this wonderful diverse countryside is a great experience as each region is so different.

When you have had a day in the saddle you can be assured of some Italian hospitality. Italians are warm, welcoming people who enjoy sharing the pleasures of life with others: a comforting meal, an inspiring sunset or a glass of wine. While the food industry has changed in many parts of the world, Italian cooking is still very traditional prepared in the same way using the freshest ingredients so you will be assured of some fine cuisine at the end of the day.

See our horse riding holidays in Italy below.
 

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Cilento Farmhouse, Italy


The Cilento Farmhouse horse riding holiday, in Italy
This lovely Agriturismo is set in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy. Each day you will ride out and explore the beautiful and protected landscape of the National park, as well as experiencing the stunning panoramic views across the Amalfi coastline. On some days you may climb high into the mountains to make the most of the views, or perhaps you will head down to the shore (please note that horse riding on the beach is only permitted during the winter months of September to May). On the way you will discover peaceful fruit orchards, quiet farm tracks, olive groves, meadows of wild herbs and ancient villages filled with impressive monuments.


 

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Il Paretaio, Italy


The Il Paretaio horse riding holiday, in Italy
A Tuscan country house offering a high standard of riding tuition (especially classical dressage) and hacking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The rooms are warm and inviting, decorated in a traditional Italian style, and guests enjoy four course Tuscan dinners accompanied by quality Chianti wine. Ride a few hours each day and then relax by the pool, admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and fields. The perfect Italian escape!

Current special offers:

For stays from 27th February - 5th March there will be no single supplement charges for solo guests on any of the week long programmes OR €100 per person discount on a riding programme (not combinable). For this limited time a special wine tasting of locally produced wines, hams and cheeses will also be organised for you during the week.


 

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Molise, Italy


The Molise horse riding holiday, in Italy
There are four trails (and a stationary programme on request) to enjoy here at our Molise ride. Riders will explore rural and unspoilt parts of Italy, riding along old cattle tracks, through beautiful meadows and up and down the mountains. Carmine is an amazing host with responsive horses and his knowledge of this area is second to none.


 

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Roman Country House (I Due Laghi), Italy


The Roman Country House (I Due Laghi) horse riding holiday, in Italy
A beautiful country house hotel set in the charming Roman countryside and catering to all levels of rider. Their qualified instructor can provide tuition and offer guided hacking in the surrounding areas. There is also the opportunity to join a drag hunt during the season! Visit this wonderful estate for top class lessons and delightful rides out, not to mention the best of Italian cuisine.

Current special offers:

All reservations for holidays in 2016 will receive a 10% discount if they are booked before 29th February 2016. The following conditions apply:

- once the reservation is confirmed, there is no place for cancellation or date postponement

- all reservations must be paid in full by 1st March 2016


 

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Trentino Mountains and Forests, Italy


The Trentino Mountains and Forests horse riding holiday, in Italy
A small, family run ranch offering self-catering accommodation and rides out in the beautiful region of Trentino. Guests are taken on rides by a qualified guide who will show them the stunning scenery of this green valley with its surrounding lakes and mountains. This destination is ideal for a couple or small family wanting a peaceful adventure and a chance to get back to nature.


 

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Tuscany Castle, Italy


The Tuscany Castle horse riding holiday, in Italy
Located one and a half hours from Rome, this splendid 17th century castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family has breathed new life into it by restoring the cottages and farmhouse once used by the farmers. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with the certified equestrian centre as the quality of the horses, the trails and the English speaking staff will ensure that your stay here is memorable.


 

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Western Adventures in Tuscany, Italy


The Western Adventures in Tuscany horse riding holiday, in Italy
This is a welcoming, friendly destination which specialises in western riding in a beautiful Tuscan setting. There are riding programmes here to suit all levels of rider and even children, with a wide range of horses to ensure that everyone can feel safe but have fun at the same time. Based holidays, point to point trails and tuition courses are all available and guests are given a warm welcome with comfortable accommodation and delicious local cuisine.

Current special offers:

10% off all bookings for the Maremma Trail and Traditions shortened itinerary, 29th - 26th March 2016




 

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A Taste of Sicily, Sicily


The A Taste of Sicily horse riding holiday, in Sicily
This is a small business run by a welcoming host who has a great knowledge and love of this beautiful island. This one week package caters for riders who wish to enjoy exploring the beautiful Sicilian hills on horseback, combining their stay with some sightseeing and wining and dining at local restaurants. Riders are expected to be able to walk, trot and canter although the ride will be very much tailor made to suit your experience.


 

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Sicily Explorer, Sicily


The Sicily Explorer horse riding holiday, in Sicily
These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily. You will be riding with one of Sicily's most knowledgeable riding guides, spending full days in the saddle on one of many beautiful routes on the island. These are adventurous rides exploring varied terrain but also offering comfortable accommodations and delicious food and wine.


 

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Country and Beach Getaway, Sardinia


The Country and Beach Getaway horse riding holiday, in Sardinia
This peaceful country hotel is set by the Monte Ferru mountain, surrounded by quiet countryside and woodlands, and not far from the impressive coastline. Guests here can choose to have lessons, rides out from the stables or can take part in their special trail programme which leads you from the hotel to the sea, a distance of about 150km over five days. In order to offer beach riding to guests who would prefer not to do the full trail programme, there is now a secondary set of stables right next to the coast.


 

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Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia


The Sea & Pine Forest horse riding holiday, in Sardinia
A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer everyone. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. Horse riding can be tailored for your needs. There are lessons for beginners and more advanced tuition if required. You can enjoy gallops along the beach and explore the pine forests on horseback.


 

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