Horse trekking from Montone to Pietralunga

 

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Horse trekking excursions to discover the Carpina Valley. From Montone to Pietralunga.you will admire a wild nature and enjoy local genuine food A three day trekking on horseback along some trails of the Carpina Valley. It is an unexploited area located in the northernmost part of Umbria, on the border with the Marche Region and a few kilometres from Tuscany. It is rich in history and traditions that can easily be perceived among local people. While trekking among streams, panoramic peaks and valleys you will experience exciting moments in contact with nature and enjoy delicious genuine food at farm holidays, Inns and taverns surrounded by scenic panoramas.

 

Horse trekking between Pietralunga and Montone

Day of arrival – arrival in Pietralunga. Accommodation at a bio holiday farm. Dinner with typical organic products. Programme presentation for the next day.

Day-1 –Pietralunga-Montone.

Meeting at farmholiday in “ Col Preiano” 2 kms from the village of Pietralunga. Preparation of horses.

  • 10.00 am – departure on horseback with our guide Fabio that will take you along nature trails on the banks of the river Carpina, with ancient watermills path, to reach a holiday farm for lunch.

While Riding along the Carpina trails you will see various interesting spots such as the Astronomical Observatory in Coloti and Rocca D’aries (Aries Fortress) .

  • 18.00 pm – arrival at Nature and Horse Riding Centre in Montone where Rita and Marino will offer you a delicious dinner. In the evening optional visit to the medieval village of Montone and accommodation in a nearby farm.

Day 2 – after breakfast preparation of horses. Departure from Montone to Pietralunga to trek down through a scenic ridge leading to Pieve de ‘ Saddi. Stop for lunch. After lunch After lunch back on the saddle to enter in woodland trails where we will meet old farmhouses, that bear witness of a past peasant presence. Late afternoon arrival at stables. Dinner and overnight at the bio holiday farm.

Day 3 – breakfast and departure.

 

 

Useful information:

– the prepararion of horses is at 9.00 am

– number of participants: minimum 2 maximum 8

– place of departure: Pietralunga – Umbria Region- Province of Perugia

– type of itinerary: horse trekking

– level of difficulty: medium, suitable for a adults and children over the age of 14.

– period: all year round

– equipment: long pants, boots or trekking shoes (hats and gloves will be provided by the farm stables).

– hosts are required to fill in a form for a personal insurance at the farm after arrival

 

Euro 363.00 per person

 

The package includes:

3 nights half-board accommodation

2 picnic lunches

Drinks at meals

Use of horses and stables

Equestrian guide

Insurance

 

 

Points of interest

Pieve de ‘ Saddi ( The parish church of the Saddi) is situated about 12 kms south west of the village of Pietralunga. Legend has it that this is the precise place where the Roman Legionary, Crescentino (or Crescenziano) was martyred in the 4th century. He was persecuted and condemned on order of the Emperor Diocletian because he had converted to the Christian religion. The complex of Pieve de ‘ Saddi, belonged to the Vitelli family from Città di Castello during the XVIth century, then it became property of the Bishop of Città di Castello. The lands around the Pieve de ‘ Saddi were once referred to as “granary of Pietralunga” for their fertility. Today they are prized for the richness of their natural landscpaes in particular by hikers and pilgrims travelling along Francesco’s way. Near Pieve de ‘ Saddi there is the source of the Dragon, a spring of sulphurous waters and a forest with oak trees.

La Rocca d’aries ( The Aries Fortress) , near Montone, has very ancient origins, it was erected by the Fortebracci family on the ruins of an ancient fortress in defence of the original population. The fortress plays an important role in the history of Montone, since over the centuries it has had a defensive and residential function. It has a rectangular layout and a circular tower on one side, it has been affected by several restructuring measures, despite its massive fortified structure being still intact . In the 15th century it became a possession of Braccio Fortebracci, who in the meantime became Lord of great part of Umbria. His family lived there, especially his wife.

Astronomical Observatory. Originally a military post, over the years it has integrated residential and social functions together with the nearby farmhouses and Church of San Lorenzo. As a whole the Coloti Observatory is one of the most advanced astronomical structures existing in Italy because it was designed as an Observatory to work automatically, without the presence of an observer during the night.