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Order now your Gran(i)Tour 2024 T-shirt!

The Gran(i)Tour schedule as of Apr. 24

Also Mauro Tirannosauro has verified: the first batch of T-shirts is ready, so we can start their distribution to support the 2024 Jug Band Colline Metallifere Gran(i)Tour.

What is the peculiarity of this apparel? All drawings and all of the printing process is made by hand, just like Gutenberg!

To order your T-shirt please write to or +393317539228, indicating the number of shirts per size. The cost of one T-shirt is 20 Euro, plus shipping. In general, we like the idea of delivering our products personally, or that we can give them to you directly at one of our events, but this is not always possible, so shipping is an option!

For more details about the Gran(i)Tour:

The Gran(i)Tour is advertised by the Institute of Italian Culture in Stuttgart

The June Gran(i)Tour has been advertised by the Institute of Italian Culture in Stuttgart among “Other happenings in the institute’s area of operation”…in the past we have collaborated twice with Institutes of Italian Culture: in 2007 for the palla a 21 mission to Chicago and in 2008 with the Institute in San Francisco for the “Square around the ball” photo exhibition, so we appreciate this form of attention.

June 16, 2024 – Jug Band Colline Metallifere live in Tennental with the Gran(i)Tour

Sunday, June 16, 2024 the Gran(i)Tour will bring us to Tennental, some 30 km South-West of Stuttgard, Germany, to entertain the participants to the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of biodynamic agriculture with our “music & territory” repertoire!

Wolfgang is waiting for you for the International Day of Art Printing (Mar. 17, 2024)

Sunday March 17, from 11AM to 6PM, Wolfgang Scheibe AKA Tattistampa, known in the world for his production of hand-made prints, posters and other graphic works, is waiting for you to celebrate the international day of art printing in his secret workshop between Tatti and Meleta, in the rolling hills of Southern Tuscany.

Considering the limited size of the premises, it is necessary to book your visit by Saturday, March 16, 8PM. Please write to or message on whatsapp or SMS on +393317539228. A few slots are still available.

The day will also be an opportunity to learn about other projects on which Wolfgang is active, and in particular with his Jug Band Colline Metallifere. Some of the band members will be present during the day and, accidentally, there might be musical instruments in the surroundings…who knows what might happen

But please, book yourr visit by 8PM, Saturday March 16!

In addition to the promo video below, we encourage you to review some of Wolgang’s feats since 2014 in the netowrk (link 1), and with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (link 2)…combining music, printing, and agriculture there are lots of intersting stories!

Please see also the initial announcement for this event, published on Jan. 31.

For more information and booking: or +393317539228.

A Video by CNR IBE Featuring a “BuioMetro” in the Svalbard Islands

During our last “M’illumino di Meno” we explained that Luciano Massetti from the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Bioeconomy could not participate directly to the BuioMetria Partecipativa events due to the overlap with a mission to the Svalbard Islands. In fact, his goal was to deploy a night sky quality sensor. We did check with Luciano the possibility of having some form of live connection, but due to the tight schedule in such a peculiar research facility this was not possible. However, Luciano was able to document a few moments of his presence in this video, from which you may also have a glimps of what happens when Italian researchers venture in very cold places:

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To Friends in Bayern and Baden-Württemberg (and surroundings)…

…if you live in Bayern or Baden-Württemberg and you are curious about the Jug Band Colline Metallifere and about stuff we propose about “music & territories”, please contact us for an initiative which will be reaching you in a couple of months: o 3317539228.

For a refresher:

Please note that for posts after May 2023 the Italian-language version of the sites has a lot more content than the English-language version, so you are encouraged to browse the Italian version..

The BuioMetria Partecipativa Map now embeds also readings by Unihedron

A sky quality meter in the process of being “passed” as a relay baton between two characters in the network (Dec. 2016).

After switching back on the interactive BuioMetria Partecipativa map during the twentieth edition of “M’illumino di Meno”, we are gradually adding layers to the canvas that we would like to use over the coming months to trigger actions about light and darkness.

After the CNR IBE monitoring network, we have reloaded the data collected by Unihedron, i.e. the producer of the “Sky Quality Meter”, which we renamed as “buiometri” for our Italian communities.

The new map is available at

We would like to recall that the Sky Quality Meter is not the only type of sensor existing for the measurement of night sky quality. In fact, with the BuioMetria Partecipativa since 2011 we have conducted various intercomparison and cross-calibration experiments. However, the SQM still remains as the most widespread entry-level sensor, plus it is the one which we have historically used as a liaison between the various participants to the buiometria measurement campaigns.

For more information: or +393317539228.

The BuioMetria Partecipativa Map now includes the CNR IBE Research Network

Thanks to Luciano Massetti of the Italian Research Council Bioeconomy Institute, who is a historical collaborator of the BMP project, we are glad to add to our “classical” measures (i.e. those made with manual measurements by citizens), a new information layer.

This is represented by the location of fixed stations that CNR IBE has been deploying since 2015 to monitor artificial night sky brightness in various parts of Tuscany. The Tuscan network had a recent “spin-off” in the Svalbard Islands, since Luciano was on a mission in February 2024 to install a sensor in that remote location. By clicking on a given station, you may either review publications where the data have been presented, or contact Luciano for more information.

Open Data Day 2024: Merging the network Community Maps

In the framework of the 2024 Open Data Day, we are preparing a simple “alignment” exercise involving various community maps which we created starting from 2013 in collaboration with various characters in the Metalliferous Hills, and beyond. In a few days we will release additional details on this initiative, which will take place between March 4, and March 10, 2024.

In the meantime: