The exams are gone, the summer begins. Answering the call of mother nature, I went visiting one of the wildest corners of my land.
The “Gravina di Laterza” is a 13km ravine running alongside the municipality of Laterza, in the Apulian province of Taranto. It is the second longest ravine around Europe, reaches 200mt depth and 400mt width, and truly recalls an American-style canyon.
Plunged in an untamed landscape, the path twists and turns on the edge of the canyon, giving the emotion of breathtaking views. Rather than a trekking, this trail represents more a comfortable 3hrs walk.
The ravine is the result of streamcutting erosion, and its bed is basically inaccessible. Down there, a varied wildlife, as the rare Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), finds refuge and prospers far from the human steps.
Within the ravine, since 1984, takes place the “Oasi Gravina di Laterza” natural reserve, which, since 1999, is managed by LIPU (lit. “Italian League for Bird Protection”).
As the sun goes down, the camera is still shooting. Is one of those moments I clearly realize it is such a privilege being simply “now and here”, in the sight of a raw piece of this beautiful planet called Earth.
Photo/Video: Enrico Fabi