Day 1 - Arrival
Riding: No riding.
Transfer from the airport and arrive at Casalvecchio Geraci, an old farm dating from the eighteenth century which has been restored and is immersed in the green hills of the River Rainò valley. Delicious dinner prepared using produce fresh from the farm and overnight at the agriturismo.
Day 2 - Casalvecchio - Baglio San Pietro
Riding: 6 hours
After breakfast, you will be assigned your horse for the trail before leaving Casalvecchio at around 8.30 in the morning. Begin by riding along a “trazzera” (an old pathway used for transporting goods and animals across the island) in the direction of Gangi, a hilltop town of ancient and mysterious origin. After passing below Gangi, ride through mountain pastures with beautiful views across the surrounding countryside, to reach the Bosco di Sperlinga, a natural forest, where you stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you ride on to the village of Sperlinga, a fascinating place characterised by troglodyte dwellings, some of which are still in use today, and its unique castle, which is carved into the rock. Visit the village and its castle before a short ride to reach Baglio San Pietro, a restored farmstead dating from the seventeenth century and equipped with a swimming pool, where you have dinner and spend the night. Your accommodation sits on the edge of the town of Nicosia, one of the most important towns in the province of Enna.
Day 3 - Baglio San Pietro - Agriturismo Lo Sperone
Riding: 6 hours
After breakfast, you set off at around 8.30 in the morning. Begin the day riding through farmland and rolling hills along scenic tracks and old “trazzere” before stopping for a picnic lunch. For most of the afternoon’s ride you will follow an old railway line, out of use since the 1950s, which you pick up in the modern outskirts of the town of Leonforte. Follow the railway line to the town of Assoro, crossing impressive bridges, before winding down on the other side of the town through dramatic scenery and passing through several tunnels. You have dinner and spend the night at Agriturismo Lo Sperone, an old farmstead which has been restored, surrounded by citrus groves and equipped with a swimming pool.
Day 4 - Agriturismo Lo Sperone - Torre di Renda
Riding: 8 hours
Set off from the farm at about 8.00 in the morning and cross rolling hills, riding through endless fields of grain and forage. After about three hours, you reach the breathtaking and little-known Castello di Pietratagliata, a castle perched precariously atop a jagged rock, first documented in the fourteenth century, whose origins are shrouded in mystery and legend. Ride on through agricultural land to reach the site of Morgantina, one of the largest archaeological sites in Sicily, which was a city founded by the island’s Sicel populations. You briefly take in the site as you ride past and stop here for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you ride through rolling fields, climbing to take in beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, reaching as far as Mount Etna on a clear day. Then continue along sandy tracks through woods of eucalyptus and pine to reach Torre di Renda, an old structure which was formerly the local bishop’s residence, equipped with a swimming pool, in the territory of the famous medieval town of Piazza Armerina. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Torre di Renda - Baglio Pollicarini
Riding: 6 hours
After breakfast, leave the hotel at around 8.00 in the morning and descend a scenic valley for about one hour, to arrive at the Villa Romana del Casale, one of the most important historical sites in Sicily and boasting around 3500m² of spectacular mosaics dating from the fourth century. After visiting the Villa Romana, you ride north through rolling farmland and stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, ride through peaceful eucalyptus forests and reach the interesting area of Grottacalda, which was an important sulphur mining site. Continue on through woods of pine and eucalyptus to reach Baglio Pollicarini, originally a small convent built in the seventeenth century, which has been transformed into a charming farm hotel surrounded by olive trees and equipped with a swimming pool. Enjoy a rich dinner and overnight at the farm.
Day 6 - Baglio Pollicarini - Agriturismo Villa Assunta
Riding: 7 - 8 hours
Set off after breakfast, at about 8.30 in the morning, and ride through agricultural land, passing below the impressive town of Enna, to reach the territory of Calascibetta. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Necropolis of Realmese, an ancient site consisting of 288 tombs carved into imposing rock faces. In the afternoon, you descend towards the lake of Villarosa before riding through the small town, characteristic of deep Sicily. Ride on through rolling fields to reach your accommodation for the night, Agriturismo Villa Assunta, in the territory of Santa Caterina Villarmosa, equipped with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
Day 7 - Agriturismo Villa Assunta - Casalvecchio
Riding: 7 hours
Depart at around 8.30 in the morning and climb up the beautiful valley of the River Salso, the longest river in Sicily, which begins in the Madonie Mountains and reaches the southern coast after about 140km. Then climb to admire spectacular views across the surrounding hills and fields, before stopping for a picnic lunch at the ancient site of Alburchia, an impressive rocky outcrop, with breath-taking, panoramic views. In the afternoon, ride through agricultural land towards the glistening image of Gangi, perched impressively on its hillside and bathed in the afternoon sun. Then ride along an ancient trazzera to return to your base, Casalvecchio Geraci. Rich dinner prepared with homegrown produce and overnight.
Day 8 - Departure
Riding: No riding.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.