I have limited experience of horse riding, and my skills in the saddle are equally limited, but that could soon change. I’ll be spending three days riding in the Molise Region of Italy over the period 14 – 18th October, 2013
The tour is arranged by the Kolidur Travel Club, I’mjust hoping they find me a horse suitable to my equestrian shortcomings.
I’ll be travelling on the “Adristorical Lands” Road Show, and educational tour, which offers an authentic travelling experience to discover the touristic potential of an untouched land, with an ancient culture and new culinary experience. The Road show is three days of “Horse Riding Soft Adventure” along the WWF national park of Guardiaregia and in the “Matese” mountain range.
“Molise is in south-central Italy and lies between the Apennine ridge and the Adriatic Sea. Nature, history, art, age-old traditions and good food are the treasures of this still largely undiscovered region. Visiting Molise, you get that Eureka feeling of discovery, starting with its mainly mountainous and hilly layout, scored by the characteristic tratturi, the historic trails of seasonal migration of people and livestock that join the pastures of Abruzzo to those of Apulia.”
I doubt the horses are fitted with Wi-Fi, but apparently the hotels will have, so there’ll still be plentiful opportunities to share the experience. Please follow our horse riding adventure on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #inMolise.
Monday 14st October, 2013
Flying into Rome, with arrival in Campobasso for lunch.
PM – We’ll be enjoying a guided tour at the Monforte Castel for a panoramic view on the territory of Campobasso, followed by a transfer to Base Camp at San Giuliano.
Evening – Meet and greet our horses, the moment of truth when I’ll find out if blessed by the equine gods. There’ll then be time to prepare for the trek.
Dinner – based on local flavours and products
Tuesday 15th October 2013 – Distance covered 22 km
After Breakfast we’ll depart from San Giuliano towards the ancient Roman city of “Altilia”. We will then enjoy a guided tour of the city, including a tour of the Italico Temple in Cantoni. “Altilia is a town and commune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. A commune, which includes the frazione of Maione.”
A leisurely Lunch at roccaforte sannita di Terravecchia before departing on a scenic ride through the forest of Matesea – i faggi secolari “Tre Frati”.
PM – Arrival to Agriturismo for dinner, and our overnight stay.
Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Distance covered 29 km
A slightly more leisurely breakfast and time to make preparations before our departure. The day of discovery in the surrounding of the WWF national park of Guardiaregia “The second largest WWF Oasis in Italy, a reclamation area with a high naturalistic value and many species of plants and animals.”
There will be time to visit the caves of Guardiaregia, one of the deepest caves in Europe. We will then take lunch break in a mountain refuge at an elevation of 1550 metres
PM – A panoramic ride with a slow descent down the east side of the Matese range, with an early evening arrival at the tents under “Monte Crocella”. A campsite dinner is planned, and a night sleeping under the stars.
Thursday 17th October 2013 – Distance covered 30 km
Breakfast, then preparing for the day, followed by an easy ride to the ancient commune of “Bojano”. There will be plenty of time to tour at ancient village, which dates back to the 7th century BC, when it was named Bovianum. The remains of Cyclopean walls are seen on the heights above the modern town. Other attractions are the 11th century Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, the church of Sts. Erasmus and Marinus, and the Hermitage of St. Egidius, on a nearby mountain.
Lunch then a slow ride to the Base Camp at San Gulianogo, for briefing and dinner.
Friday 18th October, 2013
Breakfast, and then departure to Roma Fiumicino airport for those that are leaving. I’ll be spending a weekend in Rome however, as the following week I’m being hosted on an educational press trip travelling through the Molise and Abruzzo regions by train.
Details of this trip to be published closer to the date, but don’t forget to follow both trips on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #inMolise.