Sicily

Photo from the A Taste of Sicily (Sicily) ride.

Sicily is the largest and most important island in the Mediterranean occupying a central and strategic location halfway between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal creating a bottleneck between Italy and Cap Bon in Tunisia. Sicily's coasts are gold with orange and lemon orchards. In north eastern Sicily you'll find lush forests. In the central regions you'll encounter rugged land and rolling hills. Dignified vineyards, ancient olive groves, hardy almond orchards and endless wheat fields complete the picture. Summer is amber land under a sky of blue. Winter finds palm trees dusted with snow in a surreal symphony. Spring is a rainbow of wild flowers set against greenest fields. Barely a third the size of Ireland, Sicily manages to retain the illusion of a small continent in a large sea. Sicily is home to majestic mountains and Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna at 3342 metres, Mount Etna is the highest peak, and Europe's largest active volcano. It is here that we can take you on one of our wonderful exciting horse riding experience.

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Sicily is blessed with a perpetually sunny climate with coastal temperatures rarely dipping below 15C. Beaches warm up relatively early usually around mid-April and stay hot well into October. Inland the weather remains fresh in the stifling months of July and August when coastal temperatures exceed 30C so it is pleasant for horse riding all year around.

Sicily is also home to the Sanfratellani, the closest thing Sicily has to "wild horses". Black or bay there are only a few hundred left of this graceful breed and they are identified with the northern slopes of the Nebrodi mountains in what is now the province of Messina. These wild horses are now a protected species In winter and spring this is one of Sicily's greener regions a rugged landscape of seasonal streams, high woodlands and grasslands - the perfect place for grazing and also for horse riding.

The diversity and beauty of Sicily is such that German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."

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  • Photo from the A Taste of Sicily ride

    A Taste of Sicily
    Sicily

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    A package for riders who want to explore beautiful Sicily on horseback, combining their stay with some sightseeing and visits to local restaurants.
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    Sicily Explorer
    Sicily

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    These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily.
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