What's in a name?

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

This site collects field notes from our journeys: stories and characters, plots and places, dialogues and digressions—gathered along the way as we go walking and talking, ambling and gambling, guzzling and puzzling…

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

I’m on a different 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 travelling selves into a single journey: an Italian walking safari.

Offbeat, on foot, around Italy…

Welcome to the club!