Horse riding in Madonie Regional Natural Park

A horseback vacation in the marvelous nature of Madonie Regional Natural Park, a terrific wildlife sanctuary characterized by a great variety of plant and animal species. The best opportunity to ride through its natural wonders, hidden places and breathtaking views.
You will spend 6 days full of history and tradition in the heart of its mountains, woods and rivers. You will rest in charming accommodations rooted in this amazing land. There is no better way to discover the real Sicily than on horseback.

A natural beauty

Madonie Moutains in the northern part of Sicily encompass the highest peaks of the island, after Etna. The park extends from the hinterland to Cefalù coast and thrives with fascinating bridle paths that cross the park woods. Because of its great extension, this area houses the largest biodiversity heritage in Sicily, and it is one of the richest natural areas in the entire Mediterranean basin.

Info & details

Horse riding in Madonie Regional Natural Park


6 days, 5 nights
Farmhouse or hotel in double room, single room with supplement
Full board from the dinner of the first night to the breakfast of the last day
All meals are based on local products.

Horses and Riders

  • Horse breeds: Siciliano Indigeno variously crossed (thoroughbred Oriental, Arabian, Quarter / Paint horses)
  • Riding style: western riding
  • Equipment: trekking saddles, jointed filet
  • Experience required: confident rider at three gaits, independent in the horse handling
  • Physical fitness requirements: accustomed to spending several hours a day in the saddle for several days
  • Minimum age: 14 years old. Minors may participate only if accompanied by an adult entitled to take on responsibility for them
  • Maximum weight limit: 95 kg (209 lbs)
  • Group size: min. 4, max. 8
  • Guides per group / per participants: 1/8
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Guide presence: always, the guide stays entirely with the group

Itinerary and Ground

  • Terrain: Mainly dirt roads, sheep tracks, mountain paths
  • Gaits: Significant stretches of galloping where possible and safe
  • Average time in the saddle: 5 hours per day

General Program Outline
Day 1 - Arrival and check-in. You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred by van to the farm, a haven of peace surrounded by greenery and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In summer, the swimming pool is available to guests. The vegetable garden of the farmhouse offers guests the opportunity to taste the freshest farm-to-table products.

Day 2 - After breakfast, our guests will be invited to take part in a short briefing during which they will be introduced to the horses and briefly explained the method of breaking in and training. They will also be given some simple tips on how to have a better relationship with their horses.
The first excursion will be simple and relaxing, giving riders the chance to get in tune with their companions. We will ride along trails that wind through the countryside and hills around Lascari, stop for a light lunch, and then return to the facility in the afternoon.
Dinner will be served.

Day 3 - As on the previous day, our guests will have some time to spend with their horses to put the first day's advice into practice and improve their relationship.
Once in the saddle, we will head towards Gratteri, an ancient mountain village overlooking the sea. Along the way, we will stop for a picnic in the shade of an oak forest, before setting off again for the village. We cross Gratteri to head to our mountain pasture where we leave the horses for the night.
A short minibus transfer will take us back to "Le Campanelle" for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Dopo una ricca colazione ritorneremo a Gratteri per raggiungere i nostri cavalli e ripartire alla volta di Collesano. Seguendo un antico sentiero che attraversa boschi di querce e lecci, raggiungeremo l'altopiano dove ci attenderà il nostro minibus per il pranzo. Dopo una pausa rilassante riprenderemo la discesa verso il paese.
Il sentiero che percorreremo nel pomeriggio ci guiderà tra boschi e rocce fino a all'agriturismo dove passeremo la notte.

Questo agriturismo è rinomato per la sua tipica cucina a base di ottimi prodotti locali.

Day 5 - This will be a day dedicated to relaxation. Depending on the season, and the needs and wishes of our guests, we will be able to organise various activities (e.g. cooking classes, watching and participating in cheese-making...) and decide whether to leave in the saddle before or after lunch.
We will ride along paths through woods and pastures to return to Gratteri, where we will leave the horses.
A short transfer will take us back to our starting point.

Day 6 - The transfer will be organised according to the first departure

Travel Tips

Clothing: it should be comfortable and above all not brand new (especially footwear) as new clothes may often hold unpleasant surprises. Please wear comfortable shoes, even for walking, but with rigid soles to allow a good contact of the foot with the stirrup. Avoid boots with smooth soles and too tight clothes. Pants should be comfortable and hard-wearing. Remember to bring a raincoat, a hat for the sun and a bathing suit with you. It is also important to keep in mind that even in the hottest periods, a sweater may be necessary for the evening. The luggage should not be bulky because the space on the van is limited, so avoid hard suitcases.

Pharmacy Kit: Your horse guides carry commonly used medicines and a first aid kit. Any health problems that require special medications must be reported before departure. Allergy sufferers must bring their usual medications, as well as travelers who are allergic to commonly used medications.

Your Fee includes

  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Farmhouse or hotel in double room, single room with extra charge
  • Full board from dinner on Saturday to breakfast the following Saturday; packed lunch and/or picnic provided by the facility
  • 5 hours per day in the saddle
  • Van transfers (limitations may apply about the times of the round trip)

Your Fee does not include

Personal travel insurance

Horse riding in Madonie Regional Natural Park