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Italy - I Due Laghi

Treat yourself to a riding holiday at this country club hotel just north of Rome. The equestrian centre has extensive show-jumping and cross-country facilities and a range of experienced horses.

I Due Laghi is situated about an hour north of Rome between the lakes of Bracciano and Martignano. The estate and surrounding countryside offer some great riding and a wealth of history - Etruscan tombs, ancient Roman paved roads, fortified medieval villages and renaissance manor houses.

The riding establishment, situated within the hotel grounds, was the first in Italy to be given British Horse Society approval. The extensive stables house a good selection of horses ranging in size from 14hh ponies to 18hh Irish hunters. There are impressive facilities including two large outdoor arenas, a comprehensive show-jumping arena and a cross-country course. The hotel estate extends to some 360 acres.

Throughout the year the Riding in the Estate week long programme offers a total of 18 hours riding which can be a combination of instruction, show jumping, cross-country and hacking over the estate. Please note that hacking can be very restricted during July, August and into the middle of September due to the heat and horse flies. There is no riding on Wednesdays.

If time is short, three or four night short breaks can be arranged.

Children are made very welcome at I Due Laghi, with cots and extra beds available. There are suitable ponies for children and the instructors are happy to accept children of five years and upwards. 

The hotel has 23 en-suite rooms. A further five suites each have their own entrance to the garden. The food offered by the restaurant, ‘La Posta de Cavalieri’, is prepared using many ingredients that are produced locally on the estate. Please note that the half-board option has a set menu, but if you prefer you can choose from the a la carte menu (additional cost).

There is a swimming pool open in summer (mid-June to mid-September) and the Wellness Centre offers welcome relaxation massages (on request) after a day in the saddle.

I Due Laghi is an ideal base for non-riders, although you would probably find a rental car necessary. Activities available locally include fishing (in season) and sailing on Lake Bracciano, golf (at a selection of local courses), guided hikes and bike tours, and cooking classes. Rome is only an hour away by train and you are encouraged to visit this amazing city on your non-riding day.

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Italian Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

Something for everyone, this hotel can cater for riders of all experience and offers tuition and hacking with amazing views.

My top tip:

Having a hire car will enable you to explore the rich history of the surrrounding area and at least one day in Rome is a must.

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