The Crowded Planet

The Crowded Planet

We are Margherita and Nick, a writer and photographer from Italy and Australia, long-term travellers and lovers of nature, wildlife and the outdoors.

We met in the dusty corners of a London food market, one November day in 2004. Nick was in the UK on a working holiday visa, and I (Margherita) was fulfilling my dream of living in London, the city I fell in love with as a child.

We were both crazy about travel.


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Chiavenna and the Meaning of Merenda

29 marzo 2016


I doubt many people would get the reference in the title of this post. It was inspired by Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, a book written by British author Jan Morris. Jan (then James) first visited Trieste during WW2, as a British soldier, then again fifty years later, as an elderly woman.

Bitto Cheese & the Disappearing Traditions of Valgerola

4 aprile 2016


Welcome to the second instalment of our weekend with #InLombardia365! After visiting Chiavenna we headed to Valgerola, home to Bitto cheese. We spent a wonderful evening learning about Bitto and taking a moonlit walk across a frozen, abandoned village. Check the #InLombardia365 hashtag on Instagram if you want to see more awesome pics!

Lombardia Alps: Dog Sledding & Snowshoeing

11 aprile 2016


This is the third and last part of our adventures in the Lombardy Alps! A day spent dog sledding and snowshoeing in lovely Valdidentro in the Sondrio province of Lombardia, very close to the Swiss border!

We drove higher and higher, under a sapphire sky. I spent all my time dozing in and out, in that sweet spot where dreams and reality intertwine. The previous day had taken a toll on me – an afternoon in Chiavenna visiting mansions and eating in caves, and an evening spent learning about Bitto cheese and hiking under the moonlight.