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Italy - North Coast to South Coast Sicily
Discover the wild and unspoilt island of Sicily on horseback!

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Horse Riding Holidays Italy, North Coast to South Coast, Sicily

North Coast to South Coast, 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

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

North Coast to South Coast, Sicily: Dates

2020
31 October – 7 November 2020

2021
22 May – 29 May 2021
16 October – 23 October 2021

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

Excluded – Flights, drinks & tips.

Getting There
Arrive and depart Palermo Airport.

Transfer
Please arrive before 5pm if possible, it’s about an 1 hour transfer to the first night accommodation in the seaside town of Cefalu.

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

A fantastic adventure which allows you to cross Sicily on horseback, from the north coast and the seaside town of Cefalu down to the south coast and the beautiful coastal reserve of Torre Salsa. This trail offers unparalleled immersion in Sicily’s complex history and agricultural heritage, its magic and its legends.

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

North Coast to South Coast, Sicily: Horses – Sicilian Local Breed, with some Arab Crosses / 14.2hh – 16hh

North Coast to South Coast, 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

North Coast to South Coast, Sicily: Weight Restriction – 90 kg / 14 stone / 198 lbs.

North Coast to South Coast, 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 North Coast to South Coast are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding holidays Italy.

Please Ask About

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

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1: Arrival
You will arrive at Cefalù (after a transfer from the airport), a beautiful and picturesque seaside town. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in a B&B situated in the atmospheric old town.

Day 2: Cefalù to Piano Battaglia (hours of riding: 7/8)
After breakfast you will be assigned your horse for the trail and we will set off from Cefalù at about 8.00 in the morning. The day will begin with a beautiful climb up through dense Mediterranean vegetation, with fantastic views of the Tyrrhenian coast and the Gulf of Cefalù. After a couple of hours we will arrive at the famous Sanctuary of Gibilmanna, an ancient place of worship, dedicated to the Virgin. We will stop for a short break to visit the Sanctuary. We will then continue the ride in the direction of Isnello, a small medieval village in the mountains, which we will ride through before beginning our ascent on the northern slopes of the Pizzo Carbonara, Sicily’s second highest mountain at 1979 metres. We will stop for a picnic lunch in the woods, before riding on through lush forests of oak, holm oak and beech trees to reach the Piano Battaglia, a mountain station located at the heart of the Madonie Park, where you will enjoy a dinner prepared using typical local produce and spend the night at the Rifugio Marini.

Day 3: Piano Battaglia to Feudo San Giorgio (hours of riding: 6/7)
After breakfast we will set off at about 8.30 in the morning. We will follow a route through the mountains in the heart of the Madonie Park – you may need to dismount and continue on foot for a couple of hundred metres where the terrain becomes more rocky and steep. We will pass through the Portella Mele and on a clear day, you will finally be able to see Sicily’s interior, with the view taking in more than half of the island. We will stop for a picnic lunch near Nociazzi, in the area of Castellana Sicula. In the afternoon, we will continue along ancient paths to reach the southern part of the Imera River, which we will cross, before climbing up towards the Feudo San Giorgio, an old 19th century farmstead which has been renovated and is equipped with a swimming pool. You will enjoy a dinner made with local produce and spend the night here.

Day 4: Feudo San Giorgio to Mappa (hours of riding: 5/7)
We will have breakfast and set off from the farm at about 8.30 in the morning. The trail will now take us into the heart of Sicily’s interior, its “breadbasket” since time immemorial, which is criss-crossed by “trazzere”, ancient royal pathways, established by the Bourbons in the 18th and 19th centuries to ensure free movement of troops and people across the island. We will stop for a break by the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bilici, at the geographical centre of the island, before riding on past Marianopoli and through a eucalyptus forest, which is now a private hunting reserve, and arriving at Mappa, the former residence of the Prince of Spadafora, equipped with a swimming pool. You will enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night here.

Day 5: Mappa to Aragona (hours of riding: 7/8)
After breakfast we will leave Mappa at around 8.00 in the morning. We will ride through fields to the picturesque, ancient village of Sutera, which is considered one of the oldest settlements in human history and retains many traces of its prehistoric origins. After riding through the village we will continue on through the beautiful Monte Conca nature reserve to reach the valley of the River Platani, one of western Sicily’s main waterways. We will stop for a picnic lunch and continue our ride along the valley to reach our next stop, the farm of Principe di Aragona, another restored old farmstead, equipped with a swimming pool, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 6: Aragona to Agrigento (hours of riding: 4/5)
After breakfast we will set off at about 8.30 in the morning in the direction of Agrigento, the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas, founded in 580 BC by the Rhodians and Cretans. After riding through an agricultural area near Aragona, we will arrive at the Macalube di Aragona, where we will witness the strange phenomenon of small mud volcanoes formed by methane rising up through the earth and creating craters as it emerges. We will ride on towards Agrigento, stopping on the way for a picnic lunch. During the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the area’s most important monuments (the Temples of Hera, Concordia, Hercules, Zeus and Castor), before enjoying a dinner prepared with local produce and spending the night at the farm of Passo dei Briganti.

Day 7: Agrigento to Torre Salsa (hours of riding: 6/7)
We will have breakfast and set off at around 8.30 in the morning, following a very beautiful route through the countryside of Agrigento, with wonderful views of the Mediterranean coast. Our ride will take us to the coastal reserve of Torre Salsa, one of Sicily’s most beautiful and best preserved coastlines, before riding on to our final destination along the coast, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and transfer to the airport (or another destination on the island upon request).

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

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.

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Italy Holidays Testimonials

Heidi on Tuscany Horse Riding Holiday, Italy

I had the most wonderful time! The views were amazing, and it's so peaceful - the people were just lovely, all really friendly and after the first night you really felt like you'd always known them! The horses were just beautiful, and I fell in love with Fiona. Of course the food was out of

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