The Book of Selvaggio Blu

  • Cover in brossura con alette
  • Authors: Mario Verin - Giulia Castelli
  • Graphic Design: Giovanna Massini
  • Illustrations: Elisa Bertini
  • Format 24x24 cm
  • Pages 176
  • Editor Enrico Spanu
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The true story of the Selvaggio Blu trek as described by one of its inventors, the climber and photographer Mario Verin, who created Selvaggio Blu together with his friend Peppino Cicalò in 1987-88. Exploration, memories and thrills of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and toughest routes jump out as you look at these photographs accompanied by short accounts and descriptions of the livestock farming tradition, the people of Baunei and the region’s geology. The book is constructed around the trek which in four stages proceeds from Pedra Longa to Cala Sisine, connecting ancient shepherds’ paths with dizzy sections of climbing, along which the reader discovers the Supramonte and its sheer cliffs falling to the sea. In a technical appendix you find a detailed route description with the GPS route reproduced on a DEM map, with whose help you can tackle the route in its original and most challenging form.

The authors

Mario Verin is known as one of Italy’s leading outdoor and mountain photographers. Born in Florence in 1942 he was a leading alpine climber, and academic and instructor of the Club Alpino Italiano’s Scuola Centrale. Mario’s passion for the mountains and for nature led to him exploring unknown areas of the Sahara and in the Middle East, to climb virgin summits and open new climbing routes in the Alps. He has published photographic reports in Italy’s most important geographic magazines, including Airone, Meridiani, Bell'Italia, National Geographic, Alp, and Geo. He has worked with German and French outdoor magazines. Together with the journalist Giulia Castelli Gattinara, his wife, he has authored many books of photographs. He has contributed to international publications by the publishers White Star  and Geo-Solar, and has worked with the Tourism Ministries of many countries. He has in addition won prestigious international prizes including two Special Mentions at the Banff Mountain Film Festival (Canada) and was chosen for the Biennale Internazionale d'Arte in Venezia for his photographs of the Libyan desert.

Giulia Castelli Gattinara, journalist, started her career as correspondent for the Giornale dell'Arte. Together with her husband Mario Verin she has travelled all over the world, specialising in nature, geographic and archaeological reporting, with an intense explorative activity in the Sahara, in the Middle East and in Peru. She has worked with the leading Italian magazines, writing for Airone, Meridiani, Alp, GEO, Repubblica’s Il Venerdì, Stampa’s Specchio, D Donna, Tutto Turismo, Quark, Ligabue Magazine, In Viaggio, Bell’Italia, Week-End Viaggi and the French monthly Grands Reportages. She has accompanied several overseas Italian archaeological expeditions, incluing that of the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” led by Fabrizio Mori to the Libyan desert, an experience which was described in the guide “Libia – arte rupestre del Sahara” (edizioni Polaris 1998). She has worked with the publisher Touring for updating the “guide Verdi”. Among her books: Libia L’arte-del deserto (Yachting Library 2006); Wadi Ram-Giordania (Les Cultures 2007), Perù 100 – 100 Perù (Les Cultures 2011). She is a member of the association Neos-Giornalisti di Viaggio Associati.


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