Val Grande – Wilderness in Piedmont

Words by Maria E. Bellini It’s hard to find an exact Italian counterpart for the word Wilderness. The word “selvaggio” means “wild” and can be used to describe a person, a situation – implicating that something has taken place outside a set of rules (it can be used beside the word ‘parcheggio ‘ giving us the […]

Katia Figini – Adventurer

Interview by Maria E. Bellini We chat to top Italian athlete Katia Figini, who in Italy is often referred to as the “Desert Queen” due to the fact that she’s successfully raced in plenty of deserts worldwide. Katia, a trail running and natural running instructor, as well as a certified sports coach, currently lives and works […]

Piedmont – Mountains, Good Food & Wine

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Piedmont? Sprawled over the north-western part of Italy, sharing some of its mountains with France and Switzerland – Italy’s second largest region: Piedmont or Piemonte, as it’s called in Italian, also shares its borders with the Italian regions of Valle D’Aosta, Liguria and Lombardy, and for a tiny part with […]

October 2017 Trails – Early Sunsets and Morning Mists

October is a lovely month to spend some time in Italy. The passionate intensity of the full-on Italian summer matures into the elegance of Autumn. Not only does the summer heat fade into a gentler warmth,  colours take on earthier tones, light is conciliating, and a simple walk through the woods becomes a passage through harmony. October – So […]