Sunday, May 21, 2006

Apuan Alps are "Tuscany's lost corner" (NYT)

With great timing, a travel article in today's New York Times fills in details about the Apuan Alps that I started learning about yesterday (see "Who were the Equis?".

Writer Timothy Egan (with photos by Chris Warde-Jones) describes the mountains: "the Apuans are Italy's anonymous Alps — a compact, cultivated clot of mountains wedged between the Ligurian Sea and the better-known Apennines."

The article also echoes the "fierce warrior" theme: "The Romans established Lucca and built roads, villas and aqueducts in the foothills. They also tried to dislodge earlier inhabitants, the Ligurian-Apuanians, who were defeated in 179 B.C. The Apuans never lost their warrior reputation..." That sounds like the portrayal of local people from Virgil's Aeneid, written in the first century B.C. (see my previous post).

There is a regional park for the Apuan Alps and the park's website shows that the park logo - like my blog - has a bird logo. The Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax erythrorhamphus - in Italian, "il gracchio corallino," - in English, the Red-Billed Chough.

I'm updating this in order to not use copyrighted images pulled from the Times website. Instead, the new photo shows a quarry in Carrara, in the Apuans, usable with attribution, from RDesai's Italy photos on Flickr.

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