The Regions: an Italian Odyssey

 embarked on an Italian Odyssey: nine regions of Italy explored over nine months, one month per region. A slow-travelling quest in search of untold stories and unknown walks from offbeat Italian places. 

Armed with hiking boots and a pile of dog-eared maps I set out to survey the lesser-known corners of Sicily, Puglia, Calabria, Abruzzo, Alto Adige, Tuscany, Sardinia, Campania and Basilicata. 

What I discovered is that every region of Italy is a land-unto-itself, utterly unique and fascinating. Along the way I was tempted to become a goatherd in the Gargano, a bergamot-farmer in Bagaladi, a shepherd in the Supramonte—and to never go back home again.

To me travelling means veering off-piste—preferably on foot into one of Italy’s regional backwaters—and letting the open road (or footpath or sea-bed or stream) lead you astray…

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