The Ippovia Biellese!
Come and discover the Ippovia (horse trail) Biellese: a circular path of trails along our territory. Divided into daily sections, every day you will reach a resting point for horse and rider.
The wide variety of environments and landscapes, the succession of rolling hills a few miles together in the plains to the Alps, make this area particularly suitable for scenic excursions on horseback.
Through nature reserves, nature reserves, sanctuaries and villages of the Ippovia del Biellese will lead to the discovery of a pleasant and relaxing area, ideal for the practice of a sport that respects animals and nature.
You’ll be guided by professionals of well established riding centers , where you’ll find all necessary services for yourselves and your horses.
The entire trail can be ridden through from May to October. During the other periods only some parts are open.
PROGRAM 6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS
DAY 1: arrival at the lodge of the horse riding center. One hour of horse riding in the center premises. We will know the horse that will be your companion and Giorgio Zanetta, owner of the Riding Center and our guide for the week. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: Departure to thew trails along the gentle hills of Serra, Europe’s longest morainic hill. Break in a local Trattoria. After lunch we continue the ride till the resting point for the horses, while the riders will be driven to the house for the night. Dinner and overnight stay. Riding hours: 6,5
DAY 3: breakfast. We’ll be driven to the horse resting point, where we’ll start the second section of the trail. After a relative short ride of 4 hours, we reach the Trappa, so called because it housed between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a congregation of Trappist monks. After lunch we can relax in this so peacefull place for the entire afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay. Riding hours: 4
DAY 4: breakfast. Sanctuaries day!!!. From Trappa, we ride and visit two important sanctuaries of Biellese. Picnic stop in the Oropa Sanctuary, the most important and largest Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary to be found in the Alps. It is located in a unique, natural and unspoilt setting at only 15 minutes drive from the centre of Biella. We continue our ride and will reach the San Giovanni Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight stay. Riding hours: 6
DAY 5: breakfast. From San Giovanni, we ride down Cervo Valley, we cross the Balma river and up the other side of the valley. Lunch and we continue till the next resting point for the horses and riders: Villa Piazzo in Pettinengo. A Bed and Breakfast in a wonderful villa where we’ll have dinner and overnight stay. Riding hours: 6
DAY 6: breakfast. Discovering Oasi Zegna!!! From Pettinengo we enter the area that the entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, deeply attached to his land, created to bring economic development to the mountain and its people. He, who loved the beauty and nature, repopulated the barren mountain with more than half a million conifers, many hundreds of rhododendrons and hydrangeas, creating a stunning alpine scenery. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Monte Marca Hotel. Riding hours: 6
DAY 7: breakfast. Riders and horses will be driven back to the riding center. End of the tour!!!
Included: overnight in double room, full board from the dinner (included beverage) of the first day to the breakfast of the seventh day, horse and box rental from second day to the sixth day, full day guide from the second day to the sixth day, riders transfer from the horses resting points to the riders accomodations. Horses and riders transfer of day seven. One hour of horse riding in the center premises in day one. Baggage transfers.
Not included: entrance tickets, extras, flights, transfers from/to airports, everything not indicated as “included”
Options: temporary FISE (Italian Equestrian Sport Federation) insurance.
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