Sicilian Trails - Italy

Wild Sicily Trail

5 star rating   26 September 2020

Sue who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. All round amazing experience | Exceeded expectations - extremely fit, well behaved, horses that were incredibly sure footed and suitable for job. I was amazed at the terrain that they went over with seeming ease! Being in a mountainous area, the ascents (seemingly vertical at times) and descents were very much a part of the ride, which naturally offered different types of countryside, vegetation, scenery and far reaching views - it seemed that every day the afternoon was different from the morning and each day different. Alex the guide kept us informed of places and things of interest. Very comfortable sheepskin saddle covers and rain covers - not seen rain covers before, they were such a good idea!

If I have a niggling criticism it’s that I’m not a fan of riding in a crocodile line in a set order, I completely understand why they do it ( they know their horses very well) and fully appreciate that majority of the tracks can only be ridden one behind the other, but when the opportunity arose and seeing that we were all competent and in control of our horses, I would have liked to ride alongside someone else - not that I didn’t enjoy their company, far from it - but long days were spent in the saddle and I felt there were a few in the group who I hadn’t had the chance to chat to except in the evening.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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I struggle to find any constructive criticism of accommodation or food, maybe a choice of a soft drink/fizzy water at lunch time, but I seemed to overcome this gritty problem by watering down the wine ?
I so enjoyed the variety of the types of places we stayed at, we didn’t know what was round the corner awaiting us each night, from ancient houses and a welcoming blazing log fire following being pelted with hail the size of Sicilian pistachios, to a modern hill farm offering a very welcome dip in a swimming pool following a long hot day.
The food and wine were superb - I absolutely love Italian food and was not disappointed- local, homemade or homegrown when ever possible- thank heavens for elasticated waist bands is all I can say.

I’m very glad we opted for the later flight home, and therefore later transfer to the airport from the final destination, Castiglione di Sicily, as it gave us the opportunity to look round this wonderful ancient town in the morning before we had to leave.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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I can’t fault it.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

I can’t fault it - we were kept well informed of all the developments over this very difficult summer.