Italy

Photo from the Molise (Italy) ride.

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.

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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.

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  • Photo from the Il Paretaio ride

    Il Paretaio
    Italy

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    A Tuscan country house offering a high standard of riding tuition, especially classical dressage, and hacking in the beautiful surrounding countryside
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  • Photo from the Molise ride

    Molise
    Italy

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    Western riding trails through unspoilt Italian countryside, where guests are made to feel like family.
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  • Photo from the Monterosato Country Club ride

    Monterosato Country Club
    Italy

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    Professional show-jumping tuition on quality horses set within the secluded countryside of Marche on the eastern coast of Italy.
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  • Photo from the Tuscany Castle ride

    Tuscany Castle
    Italy

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    Just 1.5 hours from Rome, this splendid castle has restored facilities and an equestrian centre so you can enjoy this wonderful region on horseback
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  • Photo from the Western Adventures in Tuscany ride

    Western Adventures in Tuscany
    Italy

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    This welcoming, friendly establishment specialises in western riding, offering relaxed riding holidays as well as tuition and exciting trails.
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