From her home in Italy, Claudia has ridden on five continents, from sea level (in Australia) to 5,000 meters (Kyrgyzstan). On horseback, she has chased bulls in Ecuador, dodged cobras in India, and avoided elephants in Botswana. On her own two feet, she has climbed Uluru and camped in Cappadoccia. When not travelling, Claudia writes about business and culture for the International Herald Tribune and many other publications, and for corporate clients ranging from Apple (computers) to Zegna (clothing). She shares her life with an Italian husband, two multicultural sons, a bilingual dog, and two blogs about expat life
(http://community.pinkmagazine.com/blogs/italy/) and frenchfacelift.blogspot.com
Her website is www.flisi.net.
You can read her excellent introduction to horse riding holidays at www.worldreviewer.com/info/horse-riding-holidays.html
Expert, Claudia Flisi, recommends the most relaxing thermal spas and springs in Italy's Lazio region."
There were four of them and seven of us -- four wild bulls with mature horns and an unfriendly posture eying the seven of us, five greenhorns and two chagras (Ecuadorian cowboys) on horseback in the Ecuadorian Andes."
Riding expert Claudia Flisi recommends her recent horse riding trip to Iceland."
Italy’s Cilento National Park in the Campania region (think Naples) is the second largest park in the country, and has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. With its varied topography – from the verdant Apennines to the crystal…"
You probably don’t think about horse riding in Uganda, but a primate-focused safari in the country CAN encompass an equestrian experience. You can’t ride up to see gorillas, but you can arrange for a horseback safari in Lake Mburo National P…"
Small can be beautiful when it comes to riding experiences. A small country (Slovenia) and a small hotel (Pristava Lepena) can add up to a lovely equestrian vacation, since the country in question has green slopes and blue rivers and the hotel – lo…"
In a UNESCO-recognized world treasure like Petra, dependent on tourists, it’s hard to find a serious riding experience. Many locals tout short rides on “pure Arabians” but you won’t get a Lawrence of Arabia experience . . . not t…"
If you like your hoof beats sunny side up, close to Caribbean beaches, then riding in the Turks and Caicos should satisfy your requisites. T & C is justifiably known for turquoise water and silvery sand. It is also home to a ranch of 21 horses and …"
If your trail ride is crossed with the scent of lemon blossoms, crushed olives, and fresh-baked bread, it is quite possible that you have opted for an equestrian vacation in Cyprus. This lush Mediterranean island juggles a complex history and a traditio…"
There is more to Sardinia than the Emerald Coast in August, as lovers of unspoiled landscapes, the bluest of Mediterranean waters, and elegant Sardinian horses can testify. They will find their apotheosis at (prosaically-named) Horse Country, a res…"
If a crisp trot over crunchy snow brings a sparkle to your cheeks, it may be the weather and not the vodka on a Russian snow adventure. Unlike many equestrian holidays, this trip is scheduled during the winter months (keep in mind that Russian winters l…"
The colour and myth of Bahia’s capital, Salvador do Bahia, capture most of the tourism to northeast Brazil, and the gorgeous beaches beckon the rest, but horse lovers can have their beach and ride it too. If you stay in upscale Praia do Forte (abo…"
The ponies of the Camargue tend to be the focus for horse lovers on the French Mediterranean. While these animals and their gypsy traditions are well worth knowing, it is unfortunate that other riding opportunities in Southern France fade into the backg…"
Few visitors to Venice think of combining the cultural and architectural riches of that unique city with an equestrian vacation. But it can be done. The Lido of Venice (immortalized in the book and film, Death in Venice) boasts a stable that caters mai…"
Riding in the Ecuadorian Andes is always a breath-taking experience, not only because of the height but also the beauty of the verdant panoramas that unfold around you. The Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge is sure to take your breath away, given it…"
Only sea horses can take you directly over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but the stable at Dunk Island comes about as close as you can get. Of all the fabled island resorts in the proximity of the reef, Dunk is the only one with a farm and …"
Tropical beaches. Mystical Moais. Volcanic craters. What a riding vacation on Easter Island lacks in technical challenge, it more than makes up for in sheer exoticism. You’ll be riding South American Criollo horses, generally at a walk, all the…"
What’s a horse doing at a camel fair? Aside the apocryphal quip that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, it makes a lot of sense to ride a horse to India’s Pushkar Camel Fair in November. The fair is a combination commercial bazaar …"
"Anyone who has seen white Lipizzaner horses soaring through the air in a capriole understands how the myth of Pegasus can persist. What rider has not dreamed of flying with such an animal? You can come close by riding in Lipica, the area in Western Slo…"
The autumn air in Tuscany is heavy with truffles and other temptations; what better way to work up an appetite than with a brisk canter through the magical Tuscan hills? Or a day-long exploration of the countryside, perhaps on locally-bred Maremma horse…"
Many safaris on horseback give you the opportunity to gallop alongside gazelle and giraffes. But few afford the spectacle of riding alongside more than two million animals (wildebeest, zebra and gazelles) as they take part in the greatest land migration…"
Because Cuzco is the gateway to the best-known attractions of Peru, including but not limited to Machu Picchu, tourists who come here often wind up using their hotel as a hub. They arrive, spend a day or so to acclimatize, go off to sightsee, return, go …"
Since most people visit Peru to see Machu Picchu, they learn that the great mystery of Machu Picchu is where did all the Incas go? According to many historians, they disappeared into the Amazon forest in the eastern part of the country after the Spanish …"
"Riding the great plains, or puszta, of Hungary may call to mind horse racing on the steppes of Mongolia, and for good reason. After all, Mongolians invaded Hungary in the 13th century and brought their prowess as horsemen with them. Both countries ha…"
If you are like the idea of a horse safari in Africa but you have: * a non-riding companion * small children * an aversion to roughing it a riding vacation at Jembisa, South Africa, is the perfect solution. Jembisa is a private, family-owned lodge l…"
"Most Northern Hemisphere visitors to Peru waste little time in the teeming capital city of Lima. They head to Cuzco (jumping-off point for Machu Picchu) as soon as they can. South American visitors, on the other hand, see Lima as a des…"
"To ride like the devil takes on a new meaning in wild, wooded Romania. Forests are thick, castles are forbidding, and farmland may be unfenced, promising long gallops through game-rich countryside. Count Kálnoky’s Transylvanian E…"
"Say “dude ranch” and most horsemen think of stop-and-go, nose-to-tail riding on hack horses with no character. The scenery of the American West may be breathtaking but the riding usually isn’t. The Home Ranch of Clark,  …"
The Tien-Shan (or “celestial mountains”) of Kyrgyzstan represent one of the longest and highest mountain ranges in Central Asia, and one of the most challenging regions for a horse trek. Following an ancient Silk Roads trail from Son Ku…"
When you are riding in the “Land of the Giants”, in Southern Botswana’s Tuli Block, you learn to be as respectful of the elephants as of lions. Both are potentially dangerous, so you have to be alert all the time. Our outriders were armed with elephant…"
Herds of wild horses dot the paramo, the high-altitude mountain region of Ecuador, also home to llamas, feral pigs, bulls, and wolves. Above you in the Cotopaxi National Park are condors and the 6,000-metre cone of Cotopaxi itself: the highest snow-capp…"
Many horse lovers go to Mongolia to see the famed Naadam Festival in early July. The event - featuring the three “manly arts” of horse racing, archery, and wrestling - is spectacular, and stadium seats are hard to come by. But for a unique thrill, try…"