Paolo Piacentini was born in Castel Madama (RM) in 1959 and is renowned as a great walker. He set up and runs the cultural institution Federtrek and was previously president of the Regional Park of Monti Lucretili. He has dedicated his life to protecting the Apennines and marginal territories. He works for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, where he was responsible for Cammini (Walks). He coordinated the national round table on sustainable mobility at the Ministry of the Environment and frequently takes part in seminars on these topics as a speaker. He has also taught Organisation of Mountain Territories at La Sapienza University in Rome. He sees trekking as an act of civic commitment and writes for numerous specialist magazines, including Rivista del Trekking. Together with the Federtrek National Council, in 2012 he came up with the idea for and launched Italy’s National Walking Day, which takes place every year in October and involves hundreds of towns across Italy.