Horseback riding in Umbria

Umbrian sceneries seem created specifically for those who want to flee from city noises and finally relax in the countryside, maybe riding on a horse along quiet paths deep in the green. Riding itineraries are usually arranged by stables, so the best thing to do is to ask directly to the closest facility. Città della Pieve is one of the best towns where you can enjoy riding. Lovers of the outdoors can ride along Via di Strade or Via dell’Alpe di Serra, an ancient Roman road which passes through the old town and starts from the German city Stade, near Hamburg, then through Innsbruck, Bolzano, Venice, Ravenna, Arezzo, Viterbo, ending in Rome. The stretch of road passing through Città della Pieve is quite easy; along this route you will discover the Santa Maria degli Angeli hermitage, the fortress of Salci (which once was a papal feud) and the church of San Leonardo. Salci was the hometown of naval engineer Achille Piazzai, who designed the ocean liner Rex, a ship appeared in Fellini’s “Amarcord”. Città della Pieve-Monteleone d’Orvieto is a path crossing the Nestorello creek, winding through conifers and beech trees at 400m high. The path then reaches the villages of Posasso and Fargneta, up until the church of Santissimo Crocifisso in Monteleone d’Orvieto.

Not far from Todi, the Monte Peglia is a wonderful location for many riding paths. One of the most beautiful paths passes through the woods of Montepietra and then finally reaches the towers of Montemolino in an hour and a half. The path along the river Tiber has the same length of the previous one, but leads to the village of Pian di San Martino and then goes back upstream to the starting point. The Canonica path is a three-hour ride through the woods that leads to the Pontecuti bridge, a place near Todi where the Tiber flows very slowly and is therefore also called “the dead Tiber”. Here you will enjoy stunning views over the town of Todi. Once reached the Canonica, the path then descends back to the starting point. The Diga sul Tevere route goes to Monte Molino following the riverbanks, then reaches an artificial dam and finally ends in Madonna del Piano.

The Sibillini National Park offers a wide range of riding paths; some of them can be completed over a few days and include accommodation in retreats and farmhouses where you can taste the local products and typical dishes.