Ever since their ancient origins and besides their commercial and military specificity, Via Ignatia (connecting Durres in Albania to Istanbul ) and the Silk Road have always been axis of exchange of culture and knowledge amongst peoples and civilizations over the European and the Asian continents. It is precisely this aspect that we want to emphasize during our adventure. By choosing to follow these two roads on foot, we assess the priority of sharing and exchange over commerce and conquest.
We shall symbolically leave from Venice, the city from where Marco Polo and his father and uncle left in 1272.
On foot and only on foot! As we want to get closer to the earth and people, we consider walking as the natural way of communication between people. Going slowly inspires confidence and kindness.
A genuine sports challenge! We walk almost 7,000 km, for 2 years, over (almost!) all geographical and climate conditions.
The 11 countries that we will cross on foot will be: Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and China where once we cross the border we will arrive to Kashgar, the gate to the Taklamakan Desert and our destination point. We emphasize values like courage and outpassing oneself.