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Best Horse Riding Destinations in Italy (Part 2)

Often known as Italy’s green heart, Umbria features a fresh green landscape which is popular as even more authentic than its neighboring Tuscany. You’ll be breathless by this region’s stunning panoramic hilltop views despite being small in terms of area. There are countless number of attractive relaxing horse riding trails that allow riders even beginners to explore the whole region in a short period of time.

Umbria boasts plenty of trails passing through soft rolling hills, olive groves, terraced vineyards and quiet wood paths where you will explore with the local expert guides and a well-trained horse best suited for your skill level.

As a rural region, in Umbria horses is companion to locals, the means of transportation; hence, you can rest assured knowing that the horses you’ll ride are well-groomed and cared for.
More experience riders will absolutely enjoy discovering Umbria’s hilltop castles and monasteries, beautiful valleys covered with wild poppies and small villages located around the tranquil Trasimeno lake. Within close distance easy to reach on horseback, you’ll be able to visit the cities of Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia and Orvieto.
Some extra activities must-include are truffle hunting, visiting the vineyards and tasting the exquisite local wines and hand-made cheese. 

Tip: Arrange time to visit magnificent Cascata Delle Marmor, the world’s highest man-made waterfall built by ancient Romans, managed by the power plant and being turned on and off a few times a day to demonstrate to visitors about its spectacular full flow.

How to get there:
The best airports to land on are Rome (FCO and CIA) and Perugia (PEG) which are well reach by train to Spoleto, where there are various riding centers offer pick-up and drop-off services. Due to the close distances to Rome, visitors might want to combine horse riding adventure with sightseeing in The Eternal City before or after the trip.

Medieval horse riding festival attracts thousands of tourists in Italy

Every summer, Siena province, Italy twice welcomed tourists here to attend the medieval horse racing style Palio. The Palio horse racing is famous for not having any rules except that the racer is not allowed to influence the opponent’s reins. Horse riders do not use the saddle, the whip can be used to whip horses or lash each other. Many people said they were impressed with this competition by its medieval style.

Under the summer sun, tens of thousands of viewers were still willing to cheering and waiting for hours just to watch the race only take 90 seconds. The fact that tourists faint at this festival often happens. Since the 13th century, this race is held annually on July 2 and August 16. In the past, this was the training of the army of the ancient Romans. In the first time this festival took place, the competitor used the cow, then the trick then went to the horse. Today, 10 of the 17 districts in Siena province are represented.

The 17 Siena counties will go through a lottery to decide if the team will be involved. 10 lucky districts will be able to choose a representative to compete for, but not to choose a horse. People and horses can only meet four days before the fight. The name Palio in Italian means “flag”. This is also the only reward for the winner of the race. This famous event is meant to honor the Virgin Mary.

In addition, the winner will celebrate by sucking a pacifier or drinking with a bottle, the wish to show that he has been revived. Meanwhile, the runner-up was more despised than the last one. Before the official race took place, there will be 6 test races the previous few days for the horses to get used to the track and the crowd. The race officially took place around 19pm with 3 laps around the square. In a very short time of 90 seconds, the race created a very stressful, suspenseful mood for viewers.