Andrea di Bari needs
no introduction. He has written the
history of Italian climbing in the
‘80s, with performances which at the
time were near the best ones in Europe.
After a decade at top levels, he moved
from Rome to Terni and here he opened
a store under the famous Ferentillo
cliffs; he finally stopped to think
after a phrenetic activity, culminated
in the repetition of roughly all the
difficult routes in central Italy.
Andrea is an intelligent and sensible
person, that is why he has given up
climbing a bit to concentrate on social
commitment and philosophy. He has
recently started climbing again with
renewed passion and he often visits
Sardinia, discovering the size of
long routes and wide walls.
do you live?
I have been living in
Terni for the past thirteen years,
in a house on a hill surrounded by
green open spaces and a beautiful
Do you love
your homeland or would you want to
live somewhere else?
I would need to know the
entire world in order to consistently
answer your question. With regard
to Italy, which I know very well because
I have been round a lot, it definitley
is the place that I prefer in this
period of my life. I obviously miss
the sea a lot, but you cannot have
everything, and anyhow I make up often
with the beautiful Sardinian sea.
How did you
When I was small. My mother
is Sardinian, she was born in Ozieri,
therefore we came to visit our relatives.
I must confess that I am proud of
my Sardinian blood.
Do you come
At least two times a year in the past
rocks have something special?
The rocks are beautiful and most of
all virgin, and this makes them undoubtedly
fascinating, but the surrounding scenery
is what charms, amazes and suprises
me each time, because there are places
which are still uncontaminated. I
don’t want to exaggerate, but sometimes
they leave me breathless. This gives
rise to many strong, deep and useful
meditations in me.
What if there
wasn’t the sea in Sardinia?
It would be half as intense.
like to live on the island?
Very much, but its isolation would
make things difficult for me from
a practical point of view, since one
of my ambitions and activities consists
in social commitment, and living in
Umbria, a region set in the heart
of Italy, allows me to move easily
and reach the north or south in a
few hours, or even better, to reach
Sardinia to climb. I would like to
live like Fabrizio De Andrč, who spent
some months on the mainland and the
rest of the year in his beautiful
“agriturismo”. Unfortunately, this
solution is not possible at the moment
because there is not enough money,
although me and my wife would love
to do so.
impressed you the most?
I must honestly say there
are many, Goloritzč with its Aguglia,
punta Giradili, the Gorropu Gorge,
Codula di Luna, the Villasimius beach,
I still remember an incredible sunset
at Capo Sandalo on the San Pietro
Island, the Jerzu “tacchi” which remind
me of John Ford’s “Stagecoach”, and
I have never visited the siuth from
a climbing point of view. I would
really like to climb in Isili, especially
now that I am again climbing at a
fairly good level.
a route which is worth a trip to Sardinia
Do you need to ask? Hotel
Supramonte. Maybe someday we will
go there together, just to take a
look around. Obviously alternating
And a route
that you would like to repeat?
I haven’t made up my mind
between Gullich and Mediterraneo.
Maybe Gullich… No, I guess I would
repeat Mediterraneo. I am a bit confused
maybe I could repeat both in the same
day, so I won’t need to think about
it anymore. We could do that together,
after Hotel Supramonte, always alternating
lead, ...what about it?
I cannot answer to that,
someone may feel hurt…
you do if you lived on the island?
If I had the money, I
would climb all the time, sometimes
diving, maybe when I am too tired
to climb, so I could rest while learning
Do you believe
that too many routes damage or increase
the value of an area?
Straightaway I would say that they
increase the value of an area, but
if I consider Sardinia I believe that
they could cause some damage, it always
depends on the standards used to open
the routes and on the environmental
attitude of those who visit the cliff.
Do you think
that there is enough space for everybody
on Sardinian rocks?
I truly hope not.
And how long
will this last?
ASpeaking from a purely selfish point
of view, until a man called Andrea
Di Bari will be alive.