72-year-old woman to walk Marco Polo’s path from Venice to Beijing
A 72-year-old Italian woman is walking from Venice to Beijing along the ancient Silk Road trade route, following in the footsteps of the famed businessman Marco Polo.
Vienna Cammarota left Venice, Polo’s birthplace, on Tuesday and will walk through 15 nations, covering a distance of nearly 13,670 miles (22,000 kilometers), with the goal of landing in Beijing in December 2025.
Cammarota has been a walker for over 30 years, having trekked across Tibet, Palestine, Israel, Patagonia, and Madagascar on foot. Her most recent voyage took her to historic towns in the southern Italian provinces of Campania, Calabria, and Basilicata.
Speaking prior to setting off, Cammarota stated she was ready for her newest challenge, while which she’ll have vastly contrasting terrain and climate on the route across countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. However, she’s additionally a bit nervous.
“It’s consistently identical feeling at the start of a trip,” she said.
Cammarota, who is an ambassador of Archeoclub Italia, an organization for the preservation of cultural heritage, has been inspired to eruse by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German language writer who released diaries of his travels in Italian republic between 1786 and 1788 in his book, Italian Journey, and of course, by Marco Polo. Polo spark off from Venice in 1271 at the age of 17 and spent over two decades travelling over Asia on a route that after became known as the Silk Road. Presumably the greatest known throughout the world European to wander the route, he wrote a notebook about his adventures that went on to become part of the world’s initialy bestsellers.
Aside from her backpack, Cammarota is equipped with a GoPro camera to report footage of her travels and a phone that includes an app over which her doctor can check on her health remotely. “There will be really complicated moments, for example encountering the below zero in Mongolia, but I’m ready,” she added.