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Mediterranean Cilento Ride


Itinerary for Mediterranean Cilento Ride


 
Mediterranean Cilento Ride without long excursions
This is a relaxed riding program perfect for visit the surrounding area of Cilento and, at the same time, ride in this fantastic place. It includes 12 hours riding (7 hours riding excursions and 5 hours riding lessons) and half-board accommodation at the Agriturismo. Guests arrange directly with the instructor on arrival.

The trail rides are typically 2-3 hours in length.
Lessons are basic instruction that can be done in a group or privately depending on the rider's needs.

This program is particularly good in the hot summer months when it is too hot to ride during the day.

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Mediterranean Cilento Ride with long excursions

This program includes 2 half day rides (about 2 hours each) and 3 full day rides (about 5-6 hours each) as well as half-board accommodation at the Agriturismo.
The program can change depending on the weather conditions and client's requests.

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival after lunch. We will greet you and invite you for a welcome drink. Before dinner you will meet with your riding guide for the week to go over the itinerary.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride 
Today we will get to know the horses and go for a trail ride in the surrounding of the Agriturismo.
Riding: approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 3 (Monday): Mediterranean Food Road 
We set off along the road that skirts the hill to the right of the Agriturismo, and ride for approximately 3 km until we reach the little chapel of St. John (dating back to 1300) probably built by Basilian monks. We then continue to Celsus (10 Km from the starting point - 418m above sea level), along trails that immerse you in nature so that you can fully appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean maquis, with its broom, bramble, heather, holly oak, oak and rowan. We enter Celsus, through the arch of Palazzo Mazziotti (now a national monument) which belonged to a Baron and very illustrious scholar. An ancient medieval village dating back to 1050, Celsus was the scene of the events of the Risorgimento in Cilento which took place in 1828 and 1848.
After leaving the village, we continue to Pollica through the green Mediterranean scrubland, passing a young chestnut forest on our way. Meanwhile, a breathtaking view of the sea opens up in front of us! We enter the town by skirting around the Franciscan convent founded in 1611 by Prince Capano. Pollica is a very characteristic town. Some of its most remarkable features include its many beautiful stone doorways and especially the 17th century tower of the palace of the Capano princes which overlooks the village.
Here, we stop for a tasty picnic, prepared in-house, accompanied by a refreshing glass of wine. It is important to have a really good rest before setting off again! Leaving Pollica, we ride along narrow paths, valleys and streams to Pioppi, and the sea. We will return to the riding stables during the afternoon, buzzing with the emotions of the day.
Riding: approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ancient Monks' Paths 
We ride through a colorful landscape dotted with olive-trees to reach a stream which will lead us to a ford over the river Alento. From here, we ride towards the hills past vineyards and olive-groves, leaving behind us a beautiful view of the Gulf of Casal Velino and Velia Castle. We ride towards Castel Nuovo Cilento (272 m above sea-level) where we will stop to rest, eat and visit the medieval castle. This site of clear medieval origin was a very important bulwark at the time of the Saracen invasions. Later it became the administrative center of the feud of Guido d’Alemagna. On the way back, after a downhill ride through olive-trees, we arrive at Pantana where we find the Franciscan monastery of Saint Clare (20 m above sea-level). In front of us stretches the plain of the river Alento, with its intense cultivation of vegetables. We ride on towards Isca Longa to cross the river at its shallowest point. From here, past an area of reforestation of pines and eucalyptus trees, we reach San Giorgio where, according to legend, there was a settlement of monks professing to the Greek rite, before the year 1000. After the war of Vespro (1282-1302) both the settlement and the village were destroyed. We return to the Agriturismo in the evening.
Riding: approx. 5-6 hours (30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 5 (Wednesday): Rest Day
Today is a free day.
No Riding
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 6 (Thursday): Ride around the Agriturismo
Today, we take a break from the long excursions and go for a relaxing ride in the countryside.
Riding: approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 7 (Friday): Old Salt Road
As soon as we’re mounted, we will ride inland, leaving the sea behind us. We ride across riverbeds and fields, passing peach orchards and old ruins. The view is breathtaking all the way!
After reaching the hill which overlooks the plain northwards, we will follow paths through open fields where cows graze freely to join the Old Salt Road. This is an old trading route which connected the coastal town of Velia and the sea with the inland population – the Enotri. At lunchtime, we will relax and enjoy a delicious picnic in the verdant shade of ancient olive trees. Here, both horses and riders can take a well-earned rest.
After our break, it is time to saddle up the horses and get back on the road. We will follow a stream bed downhill to the sea, breathing in the fresh scent of vegetation, and return to the riding stables of the Agriturismo by mid to late afternoon.
Riding: approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Non-Riding Activities
Guided tours to the archaeological site of Velia, interesting walking tours along the crest of the gods and the suggestive trails of Cilento passing through ancient towns; bowshot, swimming in the pool and the possibility to participate at the main rural works on the farm (picking olives, milking the goats, making cheese in our cheese-factory...) will make your stay interesting and pleasant.
The farm is the ideal place for those who love open air sports. Nature is the real protagonist here, you’ll want to go hiking through uncontaminated woods and the typical Mediterranean vegetation or walk along beautiful trails and medieval towns of the National Park of Cilento. The possibility to do some bowshooting or to swin in our pool will give you the chance to reach a perfect state of mind and body.

Alta Via del Monte Stella Hike
Length: 3h30’, difficulty: medium
This route follows the crest of Mount Stella and is one of the principal mountain paths of the area.
The excursion can be started in the town of Montecorice, more precisely in the village of Cosentini or Ortodonico, or in the town of Perdifumo. Starting from Cosentini you will pass through an area called “ Montanari” reaching the country road.Starting from Perdifumo instead, you will follow the crest of Punta Carpinia until reaching the equipped area of Monte Corbara. The path will bring you from here through a wooden area along the crest and offers many panoramic views. You will be able to observe “ Mount Cervati”, the “ Alburni”, but also Cape Palinuro, the gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi coast.
This itinerary, which offers a landscape painting of rare beauty, also has e rich historical background. Along the way you will see the ruins of the “ Castelluccio” and the Chapel of the “ Madonna della Stella” whose cult dates back to the pre-Christian age.
Walking down from Mount Stella ,through a beautiful wood you’ll reach the so called “ Vivaio” an quipped area, ideal place for some relax.

Casal Velino - Acciaroli Hike
Length:2-5h,difficulty:medium
This route is one of the best known in the area and follows the southern slope of Mount Stella. It starts in the panoramic town of Casal Velino following an easy path which offers you a splendid view on the country and takes you to the town of Celso. If you like you can take the ancient road through the green valley and along the stream Mortelle until you find a stony staircase that reaches Celso.
From Celso,another panoramic path takes you to the convent of San Francesco and then to Pollica which has a well-preserved historical center and a small castle. This route is all down hill, passing through the village of Cannicchio, unchanged in all this years, and through a wonderful Mediterranean scrub until reaching the coast.The walk ends on the sea and along the streets of Acciaroli, characteristic seafearing town. This route can be also started in the town of Celso, going towards the village of Galdo, or following the river as far as Pioppi where you can take a bath in its crystal clear water.
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Mediterranean Cilento Ride
Tour Code: IT-ITSR12S
8 days / 7 nights ~$910.00
Dates : March - Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English
Horses: Italian breeds. Sure footed and steady...
Pace: Perfect for beginner or novice riders.

Airport: Naples Capodichino
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