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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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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 and Astrid are amazing hosts with responsive horses and their 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.


 

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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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Cefalu to Etna Ride, Sicily


The Cefalu to Etna Ride 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.

Current special offers:

New exploratory trail for the intrepid rider looking for an adventure. The trail will take you deep into the Sicilian countryside making way to the sea. Cost is 783 per person (shared accommodation) for four experienced riders.
A lot of fun guaranteed!

Due to last minute cancellation we have 2 places left on the Cefalu to Etna trail 1 November with 100 euros discount.


 

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Salvatore's Trails, Sicily


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These trails were set up by a group of friends who, after riding for years across Sicily themselves, wanted to share their experience, passion and professionalism with lovers of riding in beautiful countryside. These seasoned equestrian guides will accompany you along numerous routes during which you will ride to beautiful destinations including the Madonie Mountains and the Madonie National Park, rich in natural flora and fauna. You will ride through ancient mountain villages, preserved from medieval times with narrow stone streets, markets and churches. Trails across this amazing landscape are an exciting and spectacular way to discover the beauty, history and atmosphere of this wonderful Mediterranean island.


 

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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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