7 days / 6 nights

Abruzzo: the land of the Samnites 2021

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Abruzzo: the land of the Samnites 2021

Few people know that these territories, before the Roman Empire, were inhabited by the Italic people: the Samnites, the Marsi, the Peligni, the Piceni…. the valiant twelve people of the central Apennines who at the time built their dream of freedom against Roman hegemony. We will ride through these lands steeped in history and ancient bloodshed in numerous battles. We will be based in Alfedena, an ancient Samnite center, where we will be able to admire the remains of the medieval castle of Prince Caracciolo of Cellammare, the walls, and the Norman tower with an octagonal plan dating back to the 10th century.

Guaranteed departure dates with a minimum of 1 participant departing from Italy

Additional departure dates on request in August and from November to April

PARTICIPANTS: MIN 3 MAX 8

1° day

ALFEDENA (- / - / D)

Anticipate arrival in the afternoon, transfer from the Isernia train station to the equestrian center (on request at 7.45 pm). Welcome drink, dinner with the guides, and overnight stay.

2° day

ALFEDENA (B / L / D)

Free morning. Before lunch, meeting with the guides to illustrate the route and a brief demonstration of how to ride the American style. After having lunch in the saddle for a three-hour ride, the riders will get to know their horses. Dinner and overnight.

3° day

ALFEDENA (B / L / D)

Breakfast and departure around ten. After a dense forest, we cross many fields, where we can gallop. The picnic is arranged in an idyllic place with a beautiful view overlooking the village of Vastogirardi. We continue the path that takes us through a beech forest. At the bottom, there is the "Cold Valley". Here we take a long gallop. In the evening we serve a delicious dinner prepared by our host.

4° day

COLD VALLEY / ALFEDENA (B / L / D)

Today we go down to the town of Carovilli. Here we tie the horses and have an aperitif in the square enjoying the atmosphere of the town. Then we will continue to Castiglione, a nearby hamlet of Carovilli. On the top of the hill, there is the ruin of the old church with the bell tower and the still functioning bell, where we will stop for a picnic. From here you can see the landscape of the surrounding valley. After lunch, return to the farm and the rest of the afternoon is free. You can relax in a hammock in our Bistrot with a book, or relax by the fireplace. If the weather allows you can go to the nearby swimming pool or pay a visit to the Castle of Pescolanciano. Dinner and overnight on the farm.

5° day

ALFEDENA (B / L / D)

We cross the forest and go down to the creek. After crossing it there is a steep climb. Around noon we arrive on a hill where we can look at the landscape surrounding the town of Agnone, in Molise. Here we stop for a picnic. After lunch, we go down to the village of Pietrabbondante. Here, in the archaeological area, there are the well-preserved remains of a theater and two Samnite temples. After visiting the archaeological area, return to the farm for dinner and overnight.

6° day

ALFEDENA (B / L / D)

After breakfast, on the saddle to Pescolanciano. Before entering the town, we follow a piece of the Tratturo which is still intact. From here you can see a beautiful view of the castle that dominates the town. Just before crossing the town, you can gallop into the fields. Lunch is served in a small local restaurant. After lunch, we can take advantage of the nearby swimming pool where we can relax for a while. The last few kilometers in the saddle take us between moors and oak woods along the valley of the Trigno river where it will be possible to take long gallops. Towards the evening, we return to the farm, defrost for the last time and then enjoy the farewell dinner.

7° day

ALFEDENA / ISERNIA (B / - / -)

After breakfast, at h. 8.50 am transferring (25 euros to be paid locally) to the Isernia train station or departure independently.

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureDouble
From 8 May 2021 to 23 July 2021€ 850

Notes

(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner

Departure supplement for 2 people in double room: On request
Single supplement: Yes required

Guaranteed departure dates with a minimum of 1 participant departing from Italy:

  • From 08/05 to 14/05
  • From 17/07 to 23/07

Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°

DURATION: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

DIFFICULTY: °°° (INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED)

ACCOMMODATION: farm / hotel

EQUIPMENT: WESTERN SADDLE

HORSES: Quarter Horse, reliable and accustomed to the proposed routes.

GAIT: 4/6 H PER DAY IN THE SADDLE. Experience in handling the horse outdoors and familiarity with 3 gaits is required.

MINIMUM AGE: 16 years

MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 80 KG

TYPE: itinerant trekking with an overnight stay in a hotel/farm.

ACCOMMODATION: The overnight stays will be at the country house adjacent to the stables. The farmhouse-the only inhabited house in this small reserve-  was built in 1885, and is located 950 meters away from it. The facade overlooks a large oak forest; the rear offers a panoramic view of the mountains and a beautiful valley. Completely renovated in 2003 it offers guests a family atmosphere, lounge with fireplace, a piano, and a small library. There are three guest rooms (two doubles and one up to six people). The bathrooms are shared.

Packed lunches along the route and dinners of homemade cuisine based on typical local products (drinks included with meals – drinks outside of meals for a fee).


The tariff includes

  • All meals as scheduled
  • Transfer from Isernia station
  • Drinks with meals
  • 6 nights
  • 4 and a half days on horseback (4/6 h per day)
  • Horses and equipment available
  • Means of support for baggage transfer
  • Expert guide of the territory speaking Italian and English
  • Gadgets, luggage tags, and various illustrative documents
  • Insurance for medical assistance, medical repatriation, and damage to luggage

The tariff does not include

  • Flights, trains, and/or vehicles to reach the starting point of the trek
  • Drinks between meals
  • Meals not mentioned, airport taxes, drinks not mentioned, tips, personal extras
  • Alcohol
  • Anything not highlighted in the “the tariff includes” section
  • Supplementary insurance
  • Registration fee € 45

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