The più di 1000 places will be a lot, I wish. It will mean that I will stay handsome and healthy.
There are plenty of places in my drawers, that I have visited and are good candidates, but let’s start from the ones where the idea was generated, and that I know better.
In this page and in the related pages you simply find general presentations, once more with a bit of geography and a lot of personal interpretation. Just to orient you a bit about what you may expect to find.
The places where più di 1000 was born
Let’s start with northern, and a bit of central Apennines. Other places will follow later.
At primary school we were taught that northern Apennines start from the Cadibona pass and end at the Bocca Trabaria pass ! Well, imagine to shift a bit eastwards and stretch a bit southwards, and you will get the area where the più di 1000 idea was born.
It starts just east of Genova and goes a bit south of Macerata. Its pillars of Hercules are mounts Antola and Pennino; or, to be really pedantic, the lines mount Antola – mount Ebro and mount S. Vicino – mount Pennino. From Ebro you see the plains of Piedmont, and you feel a bit alpine already; from Pennino mythical Sibillini range is there, just few steps away, to introduce the great central Apennine mountains, that were however well anticipated by mounts Catria, Cucco e Pennino itself.
In this area you have the main ridge and the side groups: the Ligurian coastal ranges, the Apuanian Alps, the mounts of upper Tevere valley and Pratomagno… A rather long area, but rather homogeneous. And now somebody will question: but what damn does he say ! Homogenous the Apuanian marbles with the ridge “macigno” sandstone and Catria limestone !!?? And the Mediterranean chaparral of Cinque Terre with the blueberry moors of the high ridge !!??
But now you need a bit of “più di 1000 spirit”. Let’s follow the traces: what is still there to discover what was there. That pathways were not built for tourists. That you find terraces wherever people grew crops of mounatin slopes. That peolpe ate what they had and the little food they could, or had to buy. The extra-virgin oil did not exist, but there were quite a lot of pork lard. Than certain “fishermen villages” were rather of farmers and transhumant shepherds.
Of course, you find differences and gradients in this area. They are also due to geology and climate. Few terraces on clay slopes. No oil on the mountains. Moving southwards… less chestnuts and more wheat. But, learning the method of how to observe and understand, then everything will be clear. In these places and in all the world.
And so, let’s start, for these and other places; and join, if you want.