Roman, on the climbing
scenes from almost 30 years, this
fairly good climber-alpinist is deeply
bound to Sardinia. He was the first
one, in the ’70s, to try to climb
the Aguglia, attempt which ended with
a frightening flight and the loss
of several pitons. Giorgio and his
friend were left hanging on just one
piton and decided that they would
not tempt fate again. Giorgio has
continued to open routes in Gran Sasso
and on other mountains around the
world, and obviously in Sardinia,
where he returns regularly and where
he has many friends among local climbers.
It’ is therefore my pleasure to present
this interview on Sardiniaclimb…
I live in Rome.
Do you love
your homeland or would you want to
live somewhere else?
I love my land very much, but it has
changed under my feet. I would like
to live in a more human place.
How did you
In 1958 , during a long
camping trip with my father.
Do you come
At least three times a
rocks have something special?
The rocks themselves no,
but they are set in a special context,
creating magic places.
What if there
wasn’t the sea in Sardinia?
It’s impossible, Sardinia is an indissoluble
mix, where you can feel the strength
of the sea from the inland and the
strength of the inland from the sea.
like to live on the island?
impressed you the most?
a route which is worth a trip to Sardinia
More than one, for example on the
pinnacle or on Punta Cusidore.
And a route
that you would like to repeat?
”Sinfonia dei mulini a vento” (I am
still sorry I was not the first one
to climb it).
There are no places where
I would not return, I have been coming
back for years!
you do if you lived on the island?
I would wander around
climbing and I would try to promote
climbing, especially for the young.
Do you believe
that too many routes damage or increase
the value of an area?
It depends from the possibilities
offered by the area, I believe we
must find a reasonable compromise
between the needs of climbers, the
respect for the area and the logical
character of the routes.
Do you think
that there is enough space for everybody
on Sardinian rocks?
Yes, however I believe
that some adventure sites should be
left. I have long-since been convinced
that there should be no written guides
for these places, and who opens routes
should not be tempted to reveal them,
leaving others the pleasure to discover
them once again.
And how long
will this last?
If what I said above should be done,
for those sites forever. Aside from
adventure, I believe there will be
place for sport climbing for many
years to go.