Mare d’Erba – A sea of grass

From Mongolia to Poland

28 October 2019
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When: from 10.30 to 12.30, and from 14.30 to 18.30
Where: Paolo Prodi Building, via Tommaso Gar 14 – Trento, Room 1

Paola Giacomini 500 days riding on the Silk Road

A conversation with Paola Giacomini with images of her extraordinary horse riding adventure as she stops in Trento on her way home.


10.30-12.30 Attraverso l’Asia. Viaggio di una freccia da Kharakhorin a Cracovia

14.30-16.30 Incontri e genti sulle Vie della seta


  • Paola Giacomini, writer and traveller
  • Professor Catherine Elisabeth Riley, University of Trento
  • Dr. Rosa Roncador, Alteritas Trentino

In the evening, at 17.00, A Mongolian Tale, a movie by Xie Fei.

The work that led to this event started in February 2018, when Paola Giacomini contacted the Centro Studi Martino Martini because of its relations with Mongolia.
The Centro contacted representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulanbaatar to facilitate visa issuing procedures and Italian embassies along the way to inform them of the project.
In May 2018, Paola Giacomini left Italy and arrived to Mongolia, where she had to solve some practical and technical issues before her departure in June 2019. She rode alone on the northern silk road, with two horses, through Mongolia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, before crossing into Italy.
An impressive journey for anyone, and especially for a young woman, who managed to overcome environmental, bureaucratic and cultural obstacles to bring to Krakow a Mongolian arrow as a symbol of peace, as a memory of the Mongolian invasion of 1241.
In Krakow, Paola Giacomini was welcomed triumphantly and her journey through Asia was followed by local Tvs an Italian media, Lonely Planet and many fans and supporters.
During her stay in Trento, GSD Equitazione will take care of her horses. The event, organized at the Department of Humanities, has a morning session, focused on the journey and nature in Central Asia and the visited countries, and one in the afternoon, on meeting different peoples and cultures.
The film A Mongolian Tale will be screened after the event; it is very hard to find this film in Italy and in Europe, and that is why director Xie Fei donated it to Centro Studi Martino Martini with permission to provide subtitles and free viewing. Viewers will learn about nature and family relations in Mongolian society.

The event is organized by Centro Studi Martino Martini