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In the Jan. 24, 2020, episode of Geo (RAI 3), a report on the Canaloni and Val di Farma wilderness was aired. This goes roughly from 1h7′ to 1h14′.
If you are reading this article from Italy, you may see it from the RAI Play website (click here qui)
For more news about the Farma Valley on sito pibinko.org, please follow this link
The multi-talented Wolfgang Scheibe helps you approach the Christmas holidays with a selection of some fifty of his hand-made prints, which you may visit at Altrimondi in Follonica, Tuscany, from Dec. 6.
For the opening of the exhibition there will also be wine tasting with products from local biodynamic farms, as well as the presence of some members of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band Colline Metallifere (starting from Wolfgang, with his one-string bass player hat).
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The next event for BuioMetria Partecipativa will be on Friday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3PM (@ FIDIA, villino Pastorelli, via Fallaci). This will be in the context of AMBITA, the forum on Italian Built Environment.
We will speak of the impact of artificial lighting on various aspects of society and nature, and of how simple practice can lead to significantly reduce light pollution without compromising the quality of our lives.
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Andrea Giacomelli, promoter of the BuioMetria Partecipativa project obtained the 2019 “Dark Sky Defender” award by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the main organization worldwide committed to protection and promotion of the night sky.
This award is assigned to individuals or organizations in recognition of their exceptional efforts to promote and advance the mission and programs of IDA by promoting quality outdoor lighting to reduce light pollution and its environmental impacts.
Here is the motivation by IDA: For over ten years, Andrea Giacomelli has led the “BuioMetria Partecipativa” (Participatory Night Sky Quality Monitoring) project in Italy. The BuioMetria Partecipativa project has demonstrated a progressive approach, engaging not only “typical” subjects such as public administrations, utilities, or park managers, but triggering community-based activities, collaborations with artists, bartenders, and other segments of society who “thought they had nothing to do with light pollution”. Giacomelli organized more than 100 education and public outreach events.
The winners of the various IDA Award categories have been announced yesterday (Sep. 30) online, and the awards will be assigned on Nov. 8 in Tucson, Arizona, during the next IDA General Assembly.
Following the traditional palla eh! and palla a 21 Summer tournaments in Southern Tuscany, the beginning of the Autumn brings in the same area a very peculiar event: the ninth European Llargues Cup for clubs.
Llargues is one of the variants of hand-ball games played across Europe, especially in the Valencian region in Spain, with close relations to games played in the Basque country, in France, Belgium and the Netherlands (as well as Southern Tuscany and Piedmont).
Since 2006 some of the Tuscany players had the opportunity of participating in various llargues tournaments abroad. This year Tuscany finally has the honour of hosting in the Merse and Farma Valley, South of Siena, one of the main events for this discipline in Europe.
The teams into play will be Scalvaia and Torniella, as “home teams” from Tuscany, Benidorm, Parcent, and Relleu (from the Valencian Region in Spain), Kersken and Thieulain (Belgium), Maubeuge (France), in addition to a selection of players from the Basque Country.
The presentation of the teams will be on October 11 at 7PM in Monticiano. A first round of games will be then held on October 12 in Monticiano, Torniella, and Ciciano. Semi-finals and finals will then be on October 13 in Monticiano.
To further celebrate this event, an exhibition on the game of palla has been set up at the Biodiversity Museum in Monticiano. Here information on the game, images on the palla tournaments since the Seventies and various items will be on display. The exhibition will thus provide an opportunity to learn more about a discipline surviving in Italy in just a few rural niches, but which in past ages had a much wider diffusion in Europe.
The exhibition may be visited until Oct. 27. On Thursdays and Fridays from 3PM to 6PM, and between 10.30AM and 6PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
These events are promoted by Unione Sportiva Scalvaia, Municipality of Monticiano, Municipality of Chiusdino, Municipality of Roccastrada, Federazione Italiana Pallapugno, Confédération International Jeux de Balle, with the patronage of Regione Toscana.
For more information: 338 477 8350
You may also follow the official Facebook page for these events (in Italian).
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The Piloni-Torniella Promotion association is organizing also for this year an exhibition with the patronage of the Municipality of Roccastrada. The exhibition will be opened with a ceremony at 6PM on August 10 in the premises of the former Torniella primary schools, in via Senese 21.
This initiative intends to give the right attention to the beauty of the art by a painter born in Roccastrada and grown artistically in Piloni.
We are speaking of Franco Soldatini (1927-1997) also known as “Il Cangialli” (“Yellow dogs”…due to the peculiarity of his character he was said to be “as rare as yellow dogs”), who maybe has not yet received an appropriate recognition for the quality of his work.
Over one hundred paintings have been selected from his extremely vast production, and have been lent by numerous owners from Southern Tuscany. Seeing all the paintings in a single setting will provide a comprehensive overview of the “painted poetry” which, day by day, Cangialli created taking inspiration from the nature of his places and the life of its inhabitants.
The exhibition will be open every day except Mondays from 6PM to 11PM until August 25.
From August 29 to September 8 it will be re-installed in the Scriptorium room at the San Galgano Abbey with the collaboration of the Municipality and the Pro Loco of Chiusdino, and may be visited from 9AM to 7PM.
For more information: Torniella ph. +39342 0903972
San Galgano ph.+39 0577 756738
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In July 2019 we have published some maps with simple walks in the immediate surroundings of Tatti, in the area of Massa Marittima, Southern Tuscany. The walks have been suggested by Auro Luti, a Tatti resident with a deep knowledge of this territory, and are rather short trails (around 5 km).
A peculiarity of these maps is that you will find there also place names which are not part of official cartography. These have been compiled in the past months with interviews and meetings with the Tatti community, as well as the perimeter of the commons (usi civici) related to the village.
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