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Italy - Cilento Ride

South of Amalfi and Pompeii, just past the Gulf of Salerno, the coast of Italy projects out into the sea in a series of dramatic headlands and broad sweeping bays.

This is the area of Cilento, most of which is protected as a National Park. Your base for the week is I Moresani, a delightful hilltop farm with views over the park. Each day you ride out to explore the surrounding area, with a rest day in the middle of the week. The routes have been carefully researched with names that reflect the Greek, Roman and more recent heritage of the area; The Crest of the Gods, Between Middle Age and Renaissance, the Salt Trail and the Route of the Monks.

On some days you ride high up into the mountains with tremendous views of the surrounding countryside, on others you may head onto the shore. (Please note that due to the crowds it is not possible to ride on the beach at all between mid May and mid September). Farm trails lead you through fruit orchards in the valley floor, onto terraced olive groves and to wilderness areas of wild broom, rosemary and fennel. Other routes pass through ancient villages clinging to the steep valley sides.

I Moresani offers a variety of itineraries. Choose from the centre based Cilento Ride; the Cilento Journey trail ride; Ride and Cook week or the relaxing Campania Ride.

Accommodation at I Moresani is in beautifully restored cottages, simply decorated and furnished in keeping with the local style. The ensuite bedrooms have tiled floors and high ceilings. It is possible to pay a little more to have your own private veranda. There is also a large swimming pool which is open from mid May to early October. If the weather permits, the pool may be open at other times.

The food prepared at I Moresani will be an important part of your holiday. Meals are based around the seasons so vegetables and fruits are eaten when they are at their best. At lunch, the support crew meet the riders for a picnic, prepared freshly from the farm kitchen. There is time to stop, relax and find some shade before saddling up for the afternoon ride. At dinner enjoy Italian cooking at its best. Most of the food you eat has been grown and prepared on the farm, from the vegetables and meat to pasta, bread and cured hams. The farm even makes its own cheese and wine. I Moresani is part of the Slow Food movement which started in Italy but is now an international organisation that aims to counteract fast food and fast life.

On your rest day you may choose to relax by the pool, walk into the nearby village or you may wish to visit Pompeii. With advance notice we can arrange for you to have a cookery lesson and learn more about the Mediterranean cooking of the area (minimum two people).

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Italian Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

Super rides through the countryside. The smell from the herbs being crushed by our horses' legs was at times overwhelming.

My top tip:

Take elastic waisted trousers - the food is wonderful!

Call: 01299 272 237 | email: chris@inthesaddle.com
 
 

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