Italy, Sicily - Etna
Sicily has everything - wonderful beaches, beautiful scenery, culture and gastronomy. In addition, on the island of sun you can swim even in November.
These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily. You will be riding with Alex, one of Sicily's most knowledgeable riding guides, either on different routes from the well-located agriturismo San Marco or on a multi day trail ride in other parts of the island. Riders will spend full days in the saddle exploring the beautiful landscapes of this special island and learning about its history.
You might like to choose one multi-day trail rides such as the Cefalu to Etna Trail, Corleone to Cefalu Trail, Coast to Coast or Mysterious Sicily. During trails like this you will move between comfortable accommodations and spend long hours in the saddle, exploring various parts of Sicily depending on which route you have chosen. The multi-day trails are suitable for fit, experienced riders as the hours are often very long and there is some challenging terrain. They make for great Sicilian adventures!
Accommodation and Food
The base point of these rides is Agriturismo San Marco, a 3* accommodation based in the hamlet of Rovittello, just on the lower slopes of Etna (700m above sea level). Many of the trails start here with guests staying in comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite shower rooms. The old farm buildings were renovated and so bedrooms are new and comfortable, but still keeping some of the traditional feel. A stationary programme with accommodation here every night is also a possibility.
The agriturismo grounds cover 12 hectares and they grow much of their own produce on the land. They rent out mountain bikes and have a reading/TV room available for guests, as well as a restaurant on site.
Safe deposit box: Yes
Hair Dryer: Yes
Towels and sheets: Yes
During the trail rides, guests will stay in different guesthouses/hotels along the trail route. Mostly they are rural guesthouses of around 3* level, simple but clean, comfortable and generally with en suite bathrooms. They all serve traditional cuisine.
Guests will enjoy typical Sicilian cooking during the rides - this includes a buffet style breakfast and a dinner comprising several courses and accompanied by local wine. The food here is fresh, traditional and absolutely delicious.
A support car will usually bring a hearty lunch consisting of cold cuts, salads and wine/beer and a table will be set for you.
Included in the price: Accomodation, full board incl. drinks with meals and riding according to program, transfer to/from closest airport.
Not included: Flights, insurance, drinks and extras not mentioned.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Flight: To Palermo or Catania airport
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore. Included from closest airport.
The closest airports are:
- for the Corleone to Cefalù Trail: Palermo
- for the Cefalù to Etna Trail: Palermo at arrival, Catania at departure.
- Mysterious Sicily: Catania
- Coast to Coast: Palermo
Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices.
Credit card: Accepted at riding center.
Tipping: Not required but appreciated.
Electricity jack: EU standard, adapter is available.
Group size: Min 4 and max 10 riders.
Age limit: 16 years.
Closest village: About 1 km to small village, 5 km to bigger city.
Beach: 30 minutes by car.
Pool: Yes, open May-October.
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, short chaps.
Saddle bag available: No
Special diet: Inform when booking.