Riding Holidays PLUS.... (#1/18)
We provide Riding Holidays which incorporate other activities to make your visit to Sicily a memorab
Beautiful Sicily (#2/18)
Sicily is a land of many faces. Each picture forming this collage was taken by me during my various
BBQ on our terrace (#3/18)
Sumptous BBQs on our terrace.
Riding in the Gurfa valley. (#4/18)
The scenic area around us is ideal for riding.
Our 100 year-old guest rooms. (#5/18)
Our guest rooms have been converted from 100 year-old barns.
Lovely show at Agrigento (#6/18)
There are many horse shows in the area and we often make it a point to go...
Enjoying an ice-crean this October evening (#7/18)
Weather is one of the great advantages in Sicily. Here we are enjoying an ice-cream in one of the ma
Enjoying a full out gallop (#8/18)
We are happy to cater to any level of riding. Our horses will just as happily walk as go for a full-
The old fort at Sclafani (#9/18)
This looks like a picture straight out of Lord of the Rings. The 2 thousand year old arab fort...
Colourful traditional cart at one of the shows. (#10/18)
A colourful traditional cart at one of the horse shows.
Palermo - The Cathedral (#11/18)
The main cathedral in Palermo with its interesting history.
One of the bedrooms (#12/18)
One of our bedrooms.
One of our rides (#13/18)
Another ride on the hils.
The old Arab fort at Sclafani Bagni (#14/18)
Another side of the Arab town.
Riding to the pre-historic Gurfa caves (#15/18)
Pre-historic caves within riding distance...
The interesting St. Rosalia sanctuary (#16/18)
Santa Rosalia is the patron saint of Palermo and this cave-church tells a very interesting story ind
Massimo theatre in Palermo (#17/18)
The Massimo theatre where big names like Pavarotti and Maria Callas have sang on a regular basis. Pa
We even enjoy the odd yatch trip (#18/18)
We can organise to incorporate short sailing trips in your holiday.
Sicily - Horse Riding and Activity Holidays
We believe horse riding is one of the most exhilarating experiences! However, the joys of life are boundless and, so, we have packed our holidays with many of the unseen joys on this island. Dine out every evening and see so much of what is Sicily.
We are a small British family run holiday centre here in Sicily. We specialise in horse riding holidays but our extensive travelling around the island have enabled us to learn a lot about it and its history and we do design itineraries to suit every taste. Our place in Alia is in the midst of a mountainous farming comunity and the emphasis is on nature and old style living. We are within reach of all types of places and mix the old with the new to produce fun holidays with constant action and activity.
On our one-week riding holiday, the days vary. Most days we saddle up after breakfast and go for a 2.5 to 3.5 hour ride. We then have a cooked lunch on the terrace. In the afternoons, we either go for one of our excursions or just have some free time to relax. Most evenings we go out to dinner to different restaurants in other towns. Sometimes, we bbq on our terrace. We always have a day off riding when we usually tour Palermo the capital. This usually includes visits to various places of interest and a lovely traditional lunch at a very local restaurant. There is also a day when we ride for lunch to a country house. Horses are coralled, whilst we have a a home cooked 5-course meal. After a lengthy rest we set off back to our place getting there before nightfall. We believe it is this variety and blend of activities that make our holidays some of the best fun ones around.
Map & Directions
Pippa's Paddock,, Palermo, Italy 90021
Points of Interest
Pippa's Paddock SP53, 90021 Alia Palermo, Italy
Nearby Attractions and Services
Palermo City sightseeing
Agrigento Valley of the Temples
Erice "Stairway to Heaven"
Taratata Horse Festival (May)
Enna (Town of Spartacus)
Rates & Availability
5-day horse riding (650 euros)
"Full" pack with excursions etc.
7-day horse riding (945 euros)
"Full" pack with excursions etc.
Accomodation only from 30 euros
per head per night
Standard Riding holidays are a 5-day and a 7-day trip. However we are a small flexible organisation easily tailoring to suit your requirements. The 5-day trip is priced at 650 euros and the 7-day at 945. We encourage clients to tell us thier various other hobbies and sports as we can often provide other activities in line with thier favourite passtimes.
Discounts are available for groups. Please email or phone us to find out.
We cater for all types of clients. For our horse-riding holidays we can take care of beginners all the way through experts. Our horses are not plodders and have enough spirit to make the rides fun for those who want that. However, they are all impeccably mannered and easy to manage by all levels. All are trained and ridden by Pippa who is 12 years old. If we have riders present who vary wildly in ability we will occasionally divide them into 2 groups and take the groups out separately.
Sleeping and meals
We have four rooms on our site, situated in the beautiful Gurfa valley, but we also work with a number of accomodation providers. If guests are arriving on very late flights (or departing very early) we will often place them in a Palermo B&B to ease the transfers. The B&B we use is situated close to the Politeama theatre, right in the heart of the Palermitan nightlife. All this would be at no extra charges...
We love animals and can cater for pets too.
Many (almost all) of our clients have become our friends, staying in touch after their departure and returning for other visits. We enjoy the holidays as much as our clients do and this makes for a fun and friendly atmosphere which is so important on these type of vacations.
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