Molise: the ancient tratturi, 2021
The Regi Tratturi, which were used by shepherds to carry out transhumance or to transfer herds and flocks from one pasture to another on a seasonal basis. In Italy, the intertwining of these roads is estimated at 3,100 km between the mountainous and innermost areas of the Molise-Abruzzo area, it ends in the Tavoliere delle Puglie. The Regi Tratturi constitute a precious testimony of paths that have remained almost intact for at least seven centuries. A horse trekking in the Molise lands is like scrolling through unexpected photographs: areas with shrubs and tree-lined spots become expanses of olive groves and cereals, meadows with a broom and rose hips make room for small or imposing morge (stones), the dense truffle woods are transformed in real images of high Apennine mountains. A journey on the saddle into the past, a sustainable, unique, and memorable experience. We will leave Colletorto, a small town in the province of Campobasso to embark on this journey through valleys, villages, ever-changing vegetation, and particular rock formations. We will ride slowly to reconcile with ourselves and with the surrounding world. We will seek our deepest roots. we will travel on the saddle in all serenity and freedom bucolic paths forgotten by modernity.
Departure dates from March to October on request
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 4 MAX 10
Arrange for an afternoon arrival in the Fortone Valley, in Colletorto (possible transfers from the Termoli train station on request). Accommodation in a farmhouse and assignment of the horses for the following day. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
After breakfast, we will leave on horseback to reach the chapel of Sant’Elena, in the countryside of San Giuliano di Puglia (CB), the starting point of this journey. In the first km, the tratturo- contrary to its usual north-west direction- points towards the southwest, resuming its “natural” route only after Ripabottoni. Many differences in height await us crossing the Fortore and Cigno valleys. Shrubs, scrub, cereal crops, and olive groves will paint the landscape around them. The two rivers will be forded as they were for centuries by shepherds, merchants, travelers. The tratturo hasn't changed much since then. Even the smell of broom and dog rose that sometimes envelops riders and horses is always the same. Packed lunch and rest. After about 35 km we will reach the small village of Castelbottaccio, the destination of the day. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Breakfast and, after preparing the horses for the company, we can get back on the move. The sheep track will be intercepted in the Colle Marasca area, 900 meters above sea level. Here the ancient highway, the "green giant", appreciable in all its 111 meters of width. From the Biferno river, you go towards the Trigno. Many "morge" to watch over the ancient path ... worthy of note is Morgia Sant'Angelo, also known as the "lioness" for the curious shape reminiscent of the feline, seat of a prehistoric human settlement and in the Lombard period voted to the cult of San Michele Arcangelo. Halfway there will be refreshed with a nutritious packed lunch and some rest. We will cross the two inhabited centers of Salcito and Bagnoli del Trigno, to conclude the journey in the afternoon in Civitanova del Sannio. Typical dinner and overnight stay in a farmhouse.
After having breakfast, get on the saddle to experience the last stretch of our fascinating journey on the Celnao-Foggia sheep track. You begin to touch the upper Molise. The landscape changes completely. We are around 1000 meters above sea level. The fresh air hits the riders, among the manes of the horses, soften their fatigue. The company points towards Carovilli, a municipality in the province of Isernia. Along the way, it will leave the tratturo to enter the woods where the Altavia structure, restaurant, and a bistro, where we will stop for lunch, a stone's throw from the Mab di Collemeluccio-Montedimezzo reserve, a UNESCO heritage site. Relax, greetings, and return to recover your means (or transfer to the station on request).
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 1 April 2021 to 31 October 2021||€ 890|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
|Departure supplement for 2 people in a double room||On request|
|Single supplement||Yes required|
Departure dates from March to October on request:
Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY: °°° (INTERMEDIATE)
EQUIPMENT: WESTERN SADDLE
HORSES: Appaloosa, Pain and Quarter Horse, reliable and accustomed to the proposed routes.
GAIT: Experience in handling the horse outdoors and familiarity with 3 gaits is required
TYPE : itinerant trekking with overnight stay in a farmhouse.
3 nights in a farmhouse, rustic but comfortable structures with private facilities.
Packed lunches along the way and home-cooked dinners based on typical local products (water and house wine included).
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.
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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
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