“Wandering on this boundless land, with the smile for my many yesterdays which will reflect themselves in the serenity of tomorrow’s sunrise”
The unique WANDERING ITALIA Project combines the elements of adventure, photography, nature, culture, history and mountaineering: the aim of my expedition is to solo hike the Appennini and the entire Alpine Arc, reaching the most important mountains, parks and nature reserves of Italy and following the famous Grand Italian Trail (Sentiero Italia).
Crossing half of Italy has been my dream for more then two decades and now I feel ready and free to make it come true! I’m not doing it to beat any record but to discover, enjoy and let others enjoy the beauty of my country, advertising the passion for trekking, nature and outdoor experiences. I will be capturing and reporting everything by my photo-equipment, audio & video recordings and my articles.
MY ROUTE It begins in the Apennine mountain chain, at its highest pick Gran Sasso d’Italia, then crosses the entire Alpine Arc and finishes in Trieste. It covers the most difficult half of Grand Italian Trail, which entirely has been hiked only by one person - Lorenzo Franco Santin - who needed two attempts to complete it in 2017.
Total distance: over 3 500 km, about 180 000 m difference in level Timeframes: April/May - July/August 2018 (about 120 days) Start: Settefrati (FR) - Finish: Lazzaretto (TS)
One of the most important features of my challenging Project requires me to carry heavy loads through rugged terrain for thousands of kilometers - only my photographic equipment will weight around 10 kg as sharing with others will be an important part of my expedition. Furthermore I will carry with me my tent, the sleeping bag and all the necessaries to be able to camp outside: I will try to use as less as possible any accomodations, only when needed to wash myself and recharge part of my equipment. I’ve already decided to postpone about 15 days the starting date (right now fixed on the 14th of May) hoping that Spring will melt some of the heavy snow - still at today situation over the Alps - before I will reach the high altitudes (even more than 3000 m a.s.l.) of the alpines peaks. A lot will depend from the weather which will be influencing also my schedule: I’ve been going through the route for already 3 times and I hope to finish the journey in about 110-120 days, anyway before the cold will take over the Alps again. A lot will depends from me, mostly, from my condition physically (i.e I hope the two plates in my right leg will not be a big trouble) and mentally to face the difficulties, the loneliness and all the unexpected I will probably encounter during my journey. I’ve been taking my precautions to be easily traceable and to call for help in case of danger. There are still many question marks due the fact of facing more than 3500 km of completely unknown, starting from the path, the conditions, and also the danger of the wildlife such bears, wolves and boars I might (and I hope I will!) encounter during my hike.
The stages: - Gran Sasso d’Italia - the highest mountain of central Italy - Amatrice, Castelluccio and the zone of the terrible 2016 earthquake - River Tiber’s springs - Apennine between Tuscany and Romagna crossing the Italian National Park of Foreste Casentinesi - Alpi Liguri Natural Regional Park - Monte Viso and River Po’s springs - Gran Paradiso National Park - Detour from the Grand Italian Trail to reach Courmayeur and Aosta Valley - Alta Via n1 Aosta Valley reaching Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Monte Rosa - Alpe Veglia and Alpe Devero Natural Park - Como Lake and Monti Lariani Trail 1 and 2 - The Bernina Range - Stelvio National Park - Detour to cross Adamello-Presanella Alps and Brenta Dolomites - Detour to walk the TRANSLAGORAI (a 50 km path and 4 500 m difference level in a very wild region with the presence of bear, lynx and wolves) - Re-catch of the Grand Italian Trail by Arabba (Dolomites) or: - Possible detour to Fassa Valley and it’s Unesco World Heritage Peaks (depending of the time available) - Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park and Tre Cime Natural reserve - Carnics Alps and the sites of the first World War - Finishing line at Trieste
Getting closer to the starting line I feel the stress growing, as the adrenalin, and why not, even the fear: it would be stupid of me not to be scared at this point... But the excitement is growing too, realizing I’m going to do something exceptional, facing Mother Nature and her beauties (and dangers), and having the chance to know myself better… and it’s not a small thing!
The Facebook page inerro.land and the new website only about this expedition wanderingitalia.it will be my main channels to update you over my progress in the route, sharing images, videos and my feelings.
I hope you will follow me: I will need your support too!
Just to reach this stage in this project has been hard and endless job and it couldn’t have been possible without the help of other people I would like to thank here: when I start this adventure it’s also because of them!
First at all I want to thank Patrycja for many different reasons: first, to be by my side and bear my swinging moods and stress, and to give me the kick and the strength to chase a drastic change in my (our!) life when, unhappy and unsatisfied, I was drowning into the deepest depression. Second, to believe in this project since the beginning, supporting me even if my dream would keep us apart for such a long time. And finally, for all the help she provided in building the website, the translations, the time she gave me and all the time and effort she managed to find to work on this project. My love, you are an extraordinary person and I don’t know what I could do without you! Love you! <3 <3 <3
And an endless thank goes to our daughter Lara, our greatest gift, the meaning and reason of everything, the motivation of trying to be a better person myself, preparing the better life (and world) for her!
Of course a big thank to my family, first because they have been always there and they will always be there for me, and because the show me the love for the Nature and the mountains in particular.
I would like to thank again Gabriele Rocchini for the help and the patience he had helping me building my web-site inerro.land.
A thank to Sara Pandolfi Lindgren for her help, and thanks to Fabrizio Goria, and the on-line magazin Alpinismi, because he got interested straight away of this project, even being on the other side of the Atlantic, giving me tips and his time.
Then thanks to Anna Alleva (hiking environmental guide at AIGAE Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche), Riccardo Ortolani (guide at CAI, Italian Alpine Club) and Angelo di Mambro (CAI of Cassino) for all the help and tips about equipment, paths, gps and rescues, they gave me even without knowing ourselves in person: thank you so much, indeed!
A big thank also to David Giaimo of Garda Survival Experience (www.gardasurvivalexperience.it/ (www.facebook.com/gardasurvival) for the survival tips and notions he gave me and all the effort he put in this project answering my questions. Thanks also to my friends: Sebastian Królikiewicz and Alfonso Perchinunno for many other precious tips about technical equipment, and Michele La Porta (even if we still didn’t ever met in real life, but old friends on socials) for all the ideas and tips, and for all the time he gave me (I swear we will meet one day :) )
Finally a big thank to all my followers, to those friends who believed in this projects since the beginning and all the other followers I gained little by little: the appreciation you show over my works and pictures gives me the will to improve myself over and over again!