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Discover the wild and unspoilt island of Sicily on horseback!

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Horse Riding Holidays Italy, Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily

Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Prices 2020/2021

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  • $2,093
    • GBP: 1,630
    • EUR: 1,794
    per person sharing
  • $2,382
    • GBP: 1,855
    • EUR: 2,042
    single room

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Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Dates

2020
19 September – 26 September 2020
10 October – 17 October 2020

2021
17 April – 24 April 2021
8 May – 15 May 2021
12 June – 19 June 2021
10 July – 17 July 2021
28 August – 4 September 2021
25 September – 2 October 2021

Included –  All riding, full board accommodation, luggage transfer & airport transfers.

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Getting There
Arrive and depart Catania.

Transfer
Please arrive before 5pm if possible, it’s about a 2 hour transfer to the first night accommodation in an old farmhouse.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

An epic trail, which crosses the greenest and wildest part of Sicily, setting off from the eastern Madonie Mountains and crossing the wooded Nebrodi Mountains to arrive at Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Riding alongside Alex & Lizzie, they will personally guide you through the enchanting landscapes, giving you first hand experience of the culture, staying in local agriturismo hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses along the way and eating some of the most delicious, authentic Sicilian food along the way.

Alexandre Morello & Lizzie Reeves – Partners
Alex is a true expert when it comes to Sicily’s natural wonders, biodiversity, history and culture. Over the years he has explored and organised countless horse riding trails across Sicily. He’s an insatiable explorer who loves discovering new paths through his beloved Sicily, and sharing them with our clients.

Lizzie has ridden many trails around the world, but fell in love with the truly unique experience of trail riding in Sicily. She was born and grew up in London and studied French and Italian at Oxford University, before doing a post-graduate diploma in law. She worked for some time as a solicitor and specialised in international arbitration, before settling in Sicily full time to follow her true love of the island, horses and Alex.

Sicily has a good climate for riding almost all year round, amazing natural beauty and varied landscapes. Sicily is also truly unique in terms of its accessibility to riders. The island benefits from a vast network of trails and country lanes and an open countryside approach to land ownership, which means that there is access to almost all of the island on horseback, including its most remote and wildest corners. This also means that road riding during the trail is kept to an absolute minimum.

Over the centuries, Sicily has absorbed the influences of all those who have occupied the island, from the Greeks to the Arabs and the Bourbons. The charm of Sicily’s complex and unique identity is undeniably captured in its people, who could be defined as nothing other than “Sicilian”, and whose character is as intriguing and enchanting as the island’s history. The island’s richness and complexity also shines through in its cuisine, which combines centuries-old different culinary traditions and influences.

THE RIDING top

Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Horses – Sicilian Local Breed, with some Arab Crosses / 14.2hh – 16hh

Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. You must be able to canter in control in open space and have and independent seat and hands.

Tack – English Style

Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Weight Restriction – 90 kg / 14 stone / 198 lbs.

Madonie to Mount Etna, Sicily: Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

The accommodation is a mix of Agriturismo Hotels, B&B’s & Farmhouses, that have been chosen for their location, warmth and charm.

The food is delicious, every effort is made to offer local, authentic dishes, cooked with love and passion and are simply beautiful to eat.

Horse Riding Holidays at Madonie to Mount Etna are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding holidays Italy.

Please Ask About

  • Other Sicilian Trails, including Madonie Trail, Coast to Coast, Wild Sicily, Ride Across Sicily, Corleone to Madonie and the Mount Etna Trail

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1: Arrival
You will arrive at Casalvecchio Geraci, an old farmstead dating from the 1800s, which has been restored and transformed into an agriturismo, immersed in deep Sicily, on the border between the Madonie Park and the island’s agricultural hinterland. You will enjoy a dinner prepared with local produce and spend the night here.

Day 2: Casalvecchio – San Mauro Castelverde (hours of riding: 7)
After breakfast we will set off at around 8.30 in the morning and begin the trail by riding along the valley of the River Pollina, along ancient “trazzere” (paths used to transport livestock dating from the Bourbon era) surrounded by fields of grain and hay, before entering a very wild area, covered in Mediterranean vegetation. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in a beautiful spot, before climbing towards the village of San Mauro Castelverde, a medieval town perched at the top of a mountain at about 1100 meters above sea level. We will have dinner and spend the night in an old Franciscan convent, which has been transformed into a hotel.

Day 3: San Mauro Castelverde – Monte Soprano (hours of riding: 6)
From our convent hotel we will set off along an old “trazzera” with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, which passes the border between the provinces of Palermo, Enna and Messina, reaching an altitude of approximately 1200 metres. We will then ride directly beneath the great windmills of a wind farm, before descending into the forests of the Sambughetti-Campanito reserve, where we will stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue on to the territory of Nicosia, followed by Cerami, before arriving at the agriturismo Monte Soprano, a beautiful farmhouse with a swimming pool set on the slopes of the Nebrodi Mountains, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4: Monte Soprano – Villa Miraglia (hours of riding: 7)
On this day of the trail we will ride through the heart of the Nebrodi Natural Park, along the famous “Dorsale” (the Nebrodi Ridge), a long dirt track (about 100 kilometres long) which passes through forests and high mountain pastures. This is a place full of charm, with extraordinary views: the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands to the north, and the island’s hinterland to the south – Enna, Caltanissetta, Agrigento, Siracusa, Catania, and Etna towering above everything else. We will enter the Nebrodi Natural Park through beech woods in the territory of San Fratello, famous for its sanfratellani horses, a native breed which is very strong and hardy, with a very large head, and which you may catch a glimpse of grazing in the wild. We will stop for a picnic lunch in a shaded spot beneath centuries-old trees. In the afternoon, we will arrive at the Relais Villa Miraglia, where we will have a delicious dinner made with local Nebrodi products and spend the night.

Day 5: Villa Miraglia – Monte Colla (hours of riding: 8)
This is probably the most beautiful day of the trail, riding for more than 40 kilometres along the “Dorsale” through mountains, woods and lakes, in the midst of a strikingly beautiful landscape. First we will come to the Maulazzo Lake, dominated by Monte Soro, the highest peak in the Nebrodi mountain range (at 1847 metres) and covered in magnificent beech woods. We will then reach the famous lake Biviere di Cesarò, which is a resting place for migrating birds. We will continue along the “Dorsale”, with lush forests giving way to clearings with panoramic views, with the Aeolian Islands to the north and the majestic peak of Mount Etna to the south. In the evening we will arrive tired but satisfied at Monte Colla, the most isolated hotel on the island, housed in an eighteenth century aristocratic home at around 1400 metres above sea level in the territory of Randazzo. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared with local produce and spend the night.

Day 6: Monte Colla – Etna North (hours of riding: 7)
We will set off in the direction of the source of the Alcantara River, and continue on towards Randazzo, a typical Sicilian village between the Nebrodi and Etna Parks, which we will pass through, before ascending Etna’s northern slopes, until we reach Mount Spagnolo, where we will follow the Altomontana piste to our accommodation, the Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi, immersed in an enchanting pine forest, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7: Etna North – Castiglione di Sicilia (hours of riding: 7)
After breakfast we will set off at around 9.00 in the morning. Crossing lava flows from various older and more recent eruptions, we will climb up through forests of pine, oak and chestnut and past volcanic caves, enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains of Sicily and Calabria. Eventually we will reach the Rifugio di Timpa Rossa at an altitude of 1844 metres. Here we will stop for a picnic lunch. Depending on the season and the conditions, we may continue to climb up to the craters from the last major eruption of 2002. After a picnic lunch we will continue along small country lanes bordered by stone walls made from lava rock and paths crossing back and forth across the river before arriving at the Gorges of Castiglione and the Cuba Bizantina, a place of worship built in an unusual quadrangular shape and dating from around the seventh or eighth century AD. Finally, we will arrive at Castiglione di Sicilia, where we will have dinner and spend the night with the beautiful memories of the trail etched in our minds for a long time to come.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport (or other locations on the island, as requested).

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