I have received the following message from Julian Tippett, who many of you will know as the author of the excellent walking guide Landscapes of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Capri . Many a British hiker (and not only) can be seen walking our trails clutching a copy of his book.
This is what he writes:
I was interested in two of your recent blogs:“A Sorrento Amalfi Walking Festival - Why Not?” and “MakingTrails Safe”.
I don't see significant progress on either taking place in the foreseeable future for one simple reason: there is no authority in existence that can take responsibility for the work. Consider the fragmentation: Naples v. Salerno; the multitude of local councils; Comunità Montana; CAI.
For work to be done consistently there needs to one organisation that both sees value in hiking (which means that money can be available to promote hiking) and has the power to get things done to a common standard (by setting up a hiking oversee body). All this is a million miles away. None of the current authorities meet the twin criteria.
The key to the above is a single common hiking footpath organisation.