This atlas is all about the world’s most breath-taking mountains, from Olympus to Ararat. Get ready to plot your perfect tours and travels – even just in your mind.
Mountains have always aroused enormous and sometimes conflicting sensations: astonishment, wonder, power, fear, ambition, holiness and closeness to God, respect or conquest, and even the unknown – but hardly ever indifference. Some mountains are imbued with an aura even higher than their own staggering heights.
They are sacred, mythical, or idealised. No region in the world is without mountains; all peoples have their own. Each mountain has its own story and narration: Olympus, the home of the Gods; Calamita, a place of arcane power; Kailas, a destination for pilgrims; Ararat, the final refuge; or Sinai, the revelation. These mountains are arcane in Leopardi’s sense of the word: the secrecy and mystery surrounding them inspires fascination or attraction.
Written with the same easy-going style of Atlante inutile del mondo, the book features custom cartographic tables and watercolours as well as an appendix which, as in the former publication, functions as an in-depth examination and guide for each destination.