09 Oct Horseback Riding in Monferrato
If the landscape views worthy of a UNESCO nomination, some ofthe best wines of Italy and a nature marked by hills, vineyards and woods are not enough for you, imagine how it would be to experience all of this on a horse!
To find out for ourselves, we went to Passerano, a small village with a beautiful medieval castle in Val Cerrina, guests of Alessia. To see her make her entrance in the saddle, guiding a small group of riders on horseback, and then how she cared for the animals, was itself a special and beautiful experience.
Equiturismo Monferrato is a a stable that offers horse riding trails & treks, run by Franco, owner of the nearby riding school Graitesca Riding Club, and with Alessia, specialized horse-riding trekking guide leading the riding groups.
The enterprise is young, born in 2016, when Franco and Alessia began to map the trails and learned about local amenities (B&Bs, restaurants, wineries, etc …), to help build and augment their tours. Alessia says: “It was a risk, but we quickly got good feedback , and we realized that there are lots of people who want to visit Monferrato and its nature, and that many of them love experience it differently: on horseback“.
Equiturismo Monferrato also adheres to Ippostrade Horswine: an active horse-riding and horse-riding tourist operator network all over Italy (soon available in various european countries), established to connect the horse-riding experience with the discovery of local culture (like wine, food, historic and cultural landmarks, and so on). Excursions combine horse trekking with tastings and guided tours to some of the area’s most important vineyards.
Currently Equiturismo Monferrato offers several routes, from 1 hour to entire journeys. Three of them are connected to a particular type of locally-produced wine (Abugnano, Freisa and Malvasia) and one follows the historic pilgrimage trails attributed to Don Bosco.
The rides are for up to 6-7 people: you start knowing the horses (Alanua, Kalisi, Webena, Lord, Pompon, Lucky, Lanosso) to gain confidence, then you start riding on trails. The horses are trained and very docile, they love strokes on the nose and apple-treats (which we verified in person!), and are also suitable for completely novice riders.
For many people it is a totally different way of living and exploring nature, the hills and vistas and small cultural jewels, such as castles, abbeys and unknownlandmarks.
In addition, you can organize several day tours, staying in a local B&B, or tailor made tours to your requierements. For those who are experienced horsemans and bring their own horses, Equiturismo Monferrato offers its stables and grass paddocks, a work camp, a washing and a tack room.
“The most beautiful thing, besides living in commune with nature, is the beauty of the relationship with the horse and the sense of freedom that you get when you discover the region on a saddle. It’s about traveling with the horse and not just using a means of transport. Plus, traveling in small groups, is always a good opportunity to enjoy a good company, great wines and Monferrato dishes”, Alessia tells us.
The horse is an ideal companion to explore a hilly landscape like Monferrato in a sustainable and relaxed way, if you want to experience the thrill of riding, you can contact:
Address: Via Roma 1, 14020 Passerano Marmorito (AT)
Mobile 1: +39 329 8072164
Mobile 2: +39 338 9402701
E-mail: [email protected]
Written by Tommaso Zavattaro | Edited by Monica Marescalchi | Photography courtesy of Equiturismo Monferrato