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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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Chianti, Italy

The Chianti horse riding holiday, in Italy
Discover Tuscany on horseback and ride through olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees on horses personally trained by your host. You have the opportunity to stay in the farmhouse and ride from there, take lessons, or to enjoy one of the riding programmes. These programmes enable you to enjoy other activities as well as riding and immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle.

This professional riding centre has been recommended by Ian Stark in Horse & Hound for the attention paid to pupils here and for the care of the horses. It is also a member of the Federation of Italian Equestrian Sports.


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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!


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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.


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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.

Current special offers:

The following offers are available on bookings confirmed with a deposit by 15th June 2015:

1) One free ayurveda back massage (20 - 30 mins) for every person who books a riding programme.

2) 10% discount on riding programmes booked for the period 13th June - 12th September.

3) 15% discount for weekly bookings of cottages for the period 13th June - 31st August.


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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:

No single supplement or 10% discount for bookings of at least 2 people for a stay 6th - 13th June 2015.


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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 Mark who is not Sicilian but 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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Sicilian Adventures, Sicily

The Sicilian Adventures horse riding holiday, in Sicily
This beautiful riding destination is based on the Italian island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and a haven for adventurous riders. The island features a fascinating variety of riding terrain, magnificent views (especially of the coastlines) not to mention a culture rich with history and incredible cuisine. It's the perfect place to ride in good weather before tucking into delicious, hearty fare amongst new friends. There is a longer warm weather season than other parts of Italy with spring starting early - in many areas the ground is carpeted with wild flowers as early as February. The warm weather means that horse riding is possible all year long and that riders can sunbathe and swim as late as November.

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EXPLORATORY TRAIL: Cefalu to Corleone, Sicily!

We have another special ride for you adventurers! This is an exploratory ride from 4 - 11 July, during which you will join our 'Sicilian Adventures' team to test out a new trail from Cefalu to Corleone, famous for its links with the mafia and as the birthplace for several of the characters in the world famous film The Godfather.

In keeping with the other trails on offer here (Cefalu to Etna, Coast to Coast and the Madonie Trail), this ride offers comfortable farmhouse accommodation and excellent Sicilian cuisine including local wine. You will ride through the Sican mountains across various different territories, exploring the beautiful landscapes of this special island from the back of a forward-going horse. Riders should be fit and able to ride long hours in the saddle over some challenging terrain, as well as having an easygoing nature (as this is an exploratory trail, you need to be prepared for things such as getting lost or delayed in finding the right path!).

The special price for this ride (hundreds of pounds cheaper than it will be eventually!) is just 850 per person in a shared double or twin room or 975 per person for a single room. Prices include 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, drinks with meals (inc. wine and/or beer with lunches and dinners) and 6 days of riding.


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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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