Walking in the Cinque Terre

24 routes

Von Greci, Andrea

Idea Montagna, 2018, 160 S., ca. 15 x 21 cm, Klappenbroschur

ISBN: 978-88-9729972--1

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The Cinque Terre is often defined as “the” place to go for mountain to ocean walking and in fact there is truth in this statement; in this section of Ligurian coast, steep slopes come to an abrupt end above narrow inlets, rugged cliffs and tiny bays. Yet at the same time, the Cinque Terre cannot be accurately described as a true seaside destination if we consider that some of its hamlets and villages are some way from the coast, or the fact that asides from Corniglia there isn’t an actual beach between Portovenere and Monterosso, or a single safe dock apart from Vernazza. Or, finally, if we consider just how strong the connection with the land is here, so heroically won metre by metre so as to grow olives, vines, citruses and vegetables. On the other hand, can we really call these slopes mountains simply because they are steep and precipitous, yet devoid of any of the other characteristics which constitute a “true” mountain? And yet the Cinque Terre is a unique place, defying definitions, where water and land, already so rich in contrasts, are the bases where over the centuries man has carved a path, creating a visual display of the story of daily struggles and fragile beauty.
 
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Autor/in:

Andrea Greci
 
Nato a Parma nel 1978, giornalista, fotografo e autore, da anni si dedica a tempo pieno a raccontare con immagini e parole le montagne italiane. Ha pubblicato articoli su quotidiani e periodici, ha scritto e illustrato guide escursionistiche sulle Dolomiti e sulla Valle d'Aosta e oltre venti libri sull'Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, dove ha percorso quasi ogni sentiero ma anche esplorato con ramponi e piccozze canali e creste di queste "piccole montagne".
Sulle Alpi ha percorso alcuni itinerari classici soprattutto sui "giganti" della Valle d'Aosta, ma di solito preferisce salire 3000 poco frequentati, camminare su piccoli ghiacciai o attraversare nel silenzio gruppi montuosi dimenticati.
 



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