Venture beyond the great Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena, drive a short distance from Milan, Venice, Rome or Naples, and you come to another Italy, by turns lush and verdant, rugged or parched, the countryside of ancient Rome, of Dante and St Francis of Assisi. Wild Italy will take you there.
In Wild Italy, Tim Jepson leaves the well-worn tourist haunts of traditional guide books behind him in search of fresher pleasures. He offers a rural, rather than an urban Italy, revealing the best of the long walks, mountain hideaways, woods, plains, sea coasts and remote islands where travellers can still find a refuge from the modern world. He explores the whole country from its Alp-studded waist to its distant toe kicking the football of Sicily towards Africa. Like an unhurried lover, he works his way down thigh and shin, following the line of the Apennines, locating the pressure points between continental and peninsular Italy, pinching to see where the prosperous north gives way to the Mediterranean south, looking for those last empty stretches of littoral, down one side and up the other, where the bathers have yet to set up their parasols.
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'Readers of the second edition of Tim Jepson's gem of a book will be... thanking the author for leading them away from the obvious in Italy - the cities and galleries, the beaches - and into the wild.' - The Sunday Times. 'Beautiful photographs and excellent maps... He encourages you to visit the wilderness of the Abruzzi or experience the excitement of Mount Etna.' - The Independent on Sunday.
About Tim Jepson
Tim Jepson was educated at Oxford where he studied English Literature. He is the author of six books about Italy and has a particular interest in Tuscany and Umbria. He lived in Italy for five years and wrote for The Sunday Telegraph as their Rome-Italy correspondent. He has covered other areas of the world in Train Journeys of the World, Mediterranean Wildlife and the Rough Guides to Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Tim worked as a travel editor for London's Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively. He is working on the Atlas of British History for National Geographic.
Table of Contents
About the Series. Wild Italy: An Introduction - Map of Italy showing Chapter Areas. The Key to Italy's Wild Places - Wild Habitats, Protected Wild Places, Exploring Wild Italy, To the Reader. Chapter 1: The Western Alps and Italian Riviera - Val Grande, Alta Valsesia, Gran Paradiso, Gran Bosco di Salbertrand, Orsiera-Rocciavre, Alpi Marittime, Monte di Portofino, Cinque Terre. Chapter 2: The Dolomites and Central Alps - Gruppo di Tessa, Stelvio, Adamello-Brenta, Sciliar, Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino, Puez-Odle, Fanes-Sennes-Braies, Dolomiti di Sesto. Chapter 3: The Venetian Plain and Eastern Alps - Monte Baldo, Monti Lessini and Pasubio, Dolomiti Bellunesi e Feltrine, Bosco del Cansiglio, Alpi Giulie-Carniche, Laguna di Caorle, Laguna di Marano and Laguna di Grado, Carso. Chapter 4: The Po Delta and Northern Apennines - Delta Padano, Torrile, Sassi di Rocca Malatina, Abetone and Monte Cimone, Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Conero, Monti Sibillini, Torricchio. Chapter 5: Tuscany and Umbria - Alpi Apuane, Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli, Bolgheri, Parco della Maremma, Monte Argentario, Arcipelago Toscano, Monte Cucco, Valnerina. Chapter 6: Abruzzo - Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, Sirente-Velino, Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Bosco di Sant'Antonio, La Maiella, Alta Molise. Chapter 7: Lazio and Campania - Lago di Vico and Monti Cimini, Monti Simbruini and Monti Ernici, Posta Fibreno, Circeo, Monti Picentini, Vesuvio, Vallone delle Ferriere, Oasi di Serre Persano, Cilento. Chapter 8: The South of Italy - Gargano and Foresta Umbra, Isole Tremiti, Saline di Margherita di Savoia, Cesine, Le Gravine Pugliesi, Massiccio del Pollino and dell'Orsomarso, Sila, Aspromonte. Chapter 9: Sicily - Etna, Monti Nebrodi, Madonie, Zingaro and Monte Cofano, Isola Marettimo, Isola di Pantelleria, Isole Pelagie - and Sardinia - Monti del Gennargentu, Giara di Gesturi, Monlentargius, Monte Arcosu, Sinis, Isola di Asinara, Monte Limbara. Glossary. Useful Addresses. Index.
Wild Italy: A Traveller's Guide by Tim Jepson
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