By venturing beyond the coastline between the narrow valleys which go up as far as the pre-Alpine ridge, you can come into contact with uncontaminated nature where the influence of man, who managed to conquer this steep, mountainous terrain for survival, is still present.
Finale’s history begins millions of years ago and is written in its special rock, Finale Stone, with its enormous calcified sedimentary deposit emerged from the sea. Over thousands of years the water has carved out of this rock a landscape rich in high lands, valleys, vertiginous rock faces, hills and caves.
Today the Finale area has some very rich and natural surroundings of biodiversity. The species of trees and flowers, some local, vary between the coast and inland. Nearer to the sea we find thick woods of holly oaks and Aleppo pines while bushes of Mediterranean scrub (strawberry trees, juniper, broom and aromatic herbs) perfume the sunny slopes. Going up higher, chestnuts and ash trees fill the cooler, damper valleys. To this rich botanical collection can be added the equally varied fauna.
With this guide we shall be able to discover all this and more.
About the Author
Marco “Thomas” Tomassini (1971) started climbing and frequenting the Finale area during the 1980s. His passion for mountains and rock brought him first to speleology and then to climbing. He started to bolt routes especially in the Finale area. Between 1993 and1996 he became an S.S.I. instructor (Italian Speleological Society) a UISP sports climbing instructor and an assistant instructor for the Italian Alpine Club.
Finale and its rock faces became his favourite climbing and bolting scene. Here, over a period of almost 20 years, he has equipped, alone or with others, more than 500 routes. In July 2007 he published, with Le Mani, his first guide book “Finale by Thomas” …a kind of “professional” CV. In 2010 his second guide on the Finale area comes out, “Finale… non solo mare”, edited by the same publishing house, describing sleeping facilities in the area.
His constant and continuous bolting activity is recognised by the company Salewa which includes him amongst their local “Salewa People”. In 2011 after careful and maddening work of mapping and recording the reliefs of the rock faces of the Finale area, “Finale Climbing” editors Versante Sud, was published.
“Trails of Finale” is his fourth guide book, born from a new passion, the search for and discovery of trekking itineraries in the Finale area.