Long rides on horseback immersed in unspoilt nature - what more could we ask for?
Italians ought to consider themselves extremely lucky, since Italy is ideal for exploration in the saddle to rediscover ancient transhumance routes thanks to 7,000 km of horse trails all over the country. Some of these even take in different regions, such as Monte Baldo: its three circular itineraries connect the Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. Trekking at a rhythm of times gone by accompanied only by the music of hooves and the wind before reaching the peak-top station of the Funivia Malcesine cable car to arrive - for the first time in Italy - at an altitude of 2000 metres.
Setting off from Pra Alpesina across highly evocative landscapes, on Monday 16 October a group of 20 riders for the first time ever rode for more than 100 km as far as Tratto Spino, welcomed by the finest panorama overlooking Lake Garda and the Brenta Dolomites.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Fabio Lamparelli for Malcesine Town Council and Paolo Formaggioni, Director of the Cable Car company, who said: “Today's inaugural ride clearly demonstrates that a perfect coexistence between sport, trekking on foot and horse riding is more than possible. The Cable Car Company has maintained the promise it made last year at Fieracavalli to develop these horse trails, which we will present to everyone interested in equestrian sport during this year's edition c/o the Veneto Region stand. The riders themselves were very enthusiastic, confirming that trekking on Monte Baldo is a not to be missed experience thanks to the scenery and variety of these trails."