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A new edition for the Farma Valley Community Map

After about a year from its first publication (see post), an updated version of the Farma Valley Community Map was published. The creation of the map started in 2014, with points of interest being gradually added to the official 1:10000 base maps, leading to document water springs, old gardens, hunting sites and other toponyms related to the life of the communities of this lesser known part of Southern Tuscany.

With respect to the previous version, the map has bee enriched with place names provided in the past months by the Community of Scalvaia, and the area of interest has been expanded to the East, including Poggio alle Pigne, while new surveys are being conducted in this area. Last but not least, the readability of the map has been improved.

The data collected are made available as open data and are published on the Tuscan Region  Open Data portal.

Kudos to Pro Loco Piloni-Torniella for supporting the printing, and once more to the communities of Torniella, Piloni and Scalvaia for the data which they are sharing.

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Jan. 14, 2018: RAI 3 Kilimangiaro…the quest for dark skies in the Farma Valley

Kilimangiaro is a long-running Sunday afternoon show about travel. In its section on “the landscape hunter” on Jan 14, 2018, it had a story on “the quest for dark skies” centered on the Farma Valley, Southern Tuscany.

The itinerary starts of from the San Galgano Abbey…in fact, this is not in the Farma Valley, but is the most visited site in the area, and you will see how travelling just a few kilometers from here you can reach an almost unknown location, with medieval sites, stunning landscapes and more features. The report was in fact triggered by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project being originated from this lesser know part of Tuscany, and catching the attention of the authors.

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Farma Valley Winter Fest 2017: how did it go

[For a general presentation of the Festival see the Nov. 28 post]

Some visitors reached the valley already in the morning, enticed by the idea of getting to know this lesser know part of Tuscany.
Indoor activities started early PM, with a printing workshop by Wolgfang Scheibe from Tatti, who delivered t-shirts, cards and other souvenirs with his printing kit.
While the set was being prepared for the main act, Wolfgang, Guglielmo Eboli and Pietro Crivelli had a jam session, bringing the attendees to 6.44PM, when the Etruschi from Lakota started their performance. The band shaked the audience with a selection of their songs, mainly proposing their new album (Giù la testa), but also some older hits, with everybody dancing from Corn Flakes onwards.

The versatile Wolfgang (followed by Guglielmo Eboli) was then called on stage for some covers, such as “Everyday I have the Blues” e “Who do you love”.

A sidebar items to the music, the Farma Valley Community Map, which during the past months was updates with new place names in the north side of the Valley (Scalvaia and surroundings), and a measure for the buiometria partecipativa project, reading 21.13 mag/arsec2, at 12.45PM on Dec. 18, Certopiano, to close the long day.

Special thanks go to:Circolo ARCI di Torniella, Associazione Filarmonica Popolare Torniella, Emanuele Marcatili, Casa Bazar, pizzeria ristorante Il Boscaiolo, agriturismo Casa del Chiodo, Claudio e Fabiano Spinosi, Alessandro Gaido, Andrea Bartalucci, Antonella Pocci.

The Farma Valley Winter Fest is back: see you in Torniella (Southern Tuscany) on Dec. 17, 2017

One year after the experiment with which we launched a Winter Fest where things happen if at all, in the Summer, here we are with the second edition. Below the flyer, more information is provided:

The action will  be on Sunday, Dec. 17 in  Torniella, Southern Tuscany. The program will be in a single day, still maintaining the gist of  last year’s event, bringing together culture, environment, open innovation, and a cool live soundtrack.

If the weather is good, you are invited to reach the valley from the morning, and enjoy a relaxing hike surrounded by forests, creeks, medieval iron works and castles.

In the afternoon, we start with indoor activities. At 2.30 PM we have an enticing printing workshop by Wolfgang Scheibe . You may also bring along a T-shirt and get it printed live with your own design, under the supervision of “Steppenwolfgang”.

While the ink dries up, the set up the live show by Etruschi from Lakota will be prepared. In 2016 they were the main act and the revelation for many at the Winter Fest. This year they are back during the tour to promote their third album, Giù la testa. The band will play their  new tracks, as well as some of their greatest hits. Rock ‘n’roll is assured.

As a backdrop to these events, and as a link to the surroundings, we will have the presentation of the updated version of the Farma Valley Community map. This has been assembled since 2015, documenting place names and other indications which are now missing from official base maps through interviews with residents in the valley. Finally, with a clear sky, starting from the late afternoon we will run some BuioMetria Partecipativa. This is a citizen science project, in fact started from the Farma Valley in 2008, and developed with national and international connections, in order to raise awareness about night sky quality.

For information on potentiali itineraries, to check about food, lodging and other enquiries, please contact .

The Farma Valley Winter Fest was created by and is promoted by, Pro Loco Piloni-Torniella, Associazione Filarmonica Popolare di Torniella.