What's in a name?

he Maremma Safari Club explores lesser-known destinations in Italy, on foot. A curious quest: offbeat walking trips.

These are field notes from our journeys: stories and characters, plots and places, dialogues and digressions—collected as we go walking and talking, ambling and gambling, guzzling and puzzling around the Italian boot…

The word “safari” comes from Swahili and Arabic, meaning voyage. It contains the magical African expeditions of my childhood—I grew up split between Italy and South Africa. Back and forth between continents: a childhood embedded in a journey, dissolving into a dream.

I’m on a different (walking) trip these days, launched from my base in the Maremma region of Tuscany. So what’s in a name? The Maremma Safari Club fuses my two selves into a single journey: an ongoing Italian walking safari.

Offbeat, on foot, around Italy…

Welcome to the club!