Horse riding near Reggio Emilia and Modena
Horse riding is an activity that reconciles us with the nature that surrounds us and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines perfectly meets this need, either for the facilities and the environment. In the area of Cerredolo of Toano, locality near Toano, not far from Modena, you can visit us at the Locanda Le due Querce, which is immersed in a lush forest about six hundred meters high with a small church.
Locanda Le due Querce allows you to stay with every comfort, immersed in silence and tranquility and with a breathtaking view of the river valley of the Emilian Dolo, Secchia and Dragon. Last but not least, the surrounding territory, rich in art and secular history, can be easily crossed on horseback through the bridle paths.
There are several paths passable on horseback or walking and, among them, it is really worth trying the Paths of Matilde. On the way there are shaded areas and refreshment for both hikers and horses. The Matilde paths are inspired by grancontessa “Matilde di Canossa”, a prominent female figure in the Middle Ages.
The Matilde trails on horseback
These trails start from Rupe Campotrera, in the homonymous nature reserve between the red volcanic caves, to the viewpoint of San Pellegrino in Alpe on the Apennines. Along these paths you will meet monuments from the eternal beauty, including the Castle of Canossa, surrounded by ravines (deep furrows in the ground), and the Pieve di Paullo which is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture.
The horseback trail will take you to the Castle of Sarzano and the Castle of Carpinete which -with its medieval fortifications- was the preferred accommodation of Matilde, and the Oratory of Our Lady of the Snow, with its seventeenth-century wooden cross.
The Pieve di Santa Maria di Toano, another example of Romanesque architecture, presents externally the facade gable roofs and inside there are beautiful capitals with anthropomorphic and floral shapes. The right refreshment during the trip on horseback can be found at Quara Sources at the bank of the river Dolo: between its gorges are very ancient hot springs, known since Roman times.
How to plan the perfect trip on horseback near Reggio Emilia?
The perfect solution is to stay at the Locanda Le Due Querce, where -thanks to the new handling service- you can stop for a short break, for a typical lunch or even to spend one or more nights in our comfortable apartments, while your horses will find rest in our stables.
At Locanda fact we offer horse-board, so you can organize your walk in the woods and among the rivers in the area having a peaceful base to relax and rest your horses. Thanks to the hilly area, the guest house / stables for horses is cool even in summer, and will be ideal for taking a lunch break with local products, while the horses will be protected and in a place designed for their needs.