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Florence, Feb 22-24, 2019, Hotel Lombardi: Culture, Environment, and Open Innovation from the Farma Valley and friends

NB: Participation to the event is free, but given the limited space and the possibility of “jazz improvisation” in parts of the schedule please write in advance to or +393317539228 to let us know when you may show up.

The network, in collaboration with Hotel Lombardi is organizing on Feb 22, 23, and 24 a set of experiences in Florence which will introduce you to a lesser known group of subjects operating since 2007 via the integration of rural issues, social innovation, communication technologies, and art.

If all this sounds strange, you can start “The Seeker” by the Who,
Vedi cara” by Francesco Guccini, or Supermarket covered by the Metalliferous Hills ione della Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere. Once the soundtrack is running, you can visit random sections of the site, with news, project summaries, media coverage and more. Or you can give ten minutes of your time to read the network 2018 activity summary (see link).

Radio Popolare Milano, May 2015

This is not the first time that we are showing up in Florence. With some 130 presentations since 2008, we counted six or seven between Fortezza da Basso, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the Oblate Library, and the Casa della Creatività. However, this is the first time we will be bringing products, offers of services, and people to represent them.

The breakfast room at Hotel Lombardi will become the set for a “micro-museum” with articles and works kindly lent by different subjects, listed below in stream of consciousnessmode:

Antica falegnameria di Roberto Serragli, Scalvaia (SI), Birrificio 26 Nero, Poggibonsi (born in Scalvaia), B.M. Mechanical Works, Torniella (GR), Pietro Crivelli painter, decorator, and guitarist from Piloni (but born in Florence), Az. Agricola Ixtlan (Tatti, GR), Az. Agricola Pacha Mama (Tatti, GR), Farma Valley and Tatti community maps, citizen science with BuioMetria Partecipativa, Picasso Viaggi (Venturina Terme), palla a 21 (o palla eh!), the game of panforte, the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band, IRIS Ambiente from S. Casciano V.P., hand-made prints and bread by Tattistampa, Etruschi from Lakota, Tana del Bianconiglio, Az. Agricola Loriano Bartoli (Pian d’Alma, Scarlino), Fabio Bettio from the Centre for Research, Development, and Advanced Studies in Sardinia, Bar Moderno Roccastrada, ASD Boxing Club Firenze.

Pietro Crivelli, M’Illumino di Meno 2017 a Gerfalco (Foto di Federico Giussani)

A “linear” version  of the same items will be the core of the presence during the fifth edition of TourismA . This is a national exhibition about archaeologic and cultural tourism, being held in the same days at the Florence Convention Centre. On the morning of Friday 22 will attend as a seller the “Buy Cultural Tourism” B2B session. On Saturday afternoon, will represent the network in a session on community-based management of cultural heritage. With these subjects, since 2007 we have been working to promote and protect various lesser know assets, leading to interesting results in the combination of socio-economic impact, media coverage, and international research and technology transfer collaborations.

Babbo Natale legge uno degli articoli sulle nostre storie (dicembre 2016).

The most progressive part of the event will in fact be held outside of TourismA, at Hotel Lombardi. This is run by Vincenzo and Valeria Albanese, originally from Torniella (one of the villages involved in our network), and is just a few steps away from the Florence Convention Centre. The hotel will serve for a couple of days as a demonstration and tasting space, allowing the public to learn about a series of experiences and subjects which are very difficult to meet, unless you are willing to dedicate several full days to explore a remote part of Tuscany (having in parallel the possibility of learning about connections of these places to Sardinia, Milano, free-open source geomatics and rock blues).

This initiative is intended to re-propose in Florence the third Farma Valley Winter Fest, held on Dec. 14-15-16 2019 in Tatti, Piloni, Torniella, and Scalvaia, integrating it with the presence of additional subjects from the Florence area.

Below is a schedule summarizing options to make contact with the network.

  • Fri. 22: PM in the TourismA space. Evening: Hotel Lombardi
  • Sat. 23: until 6PM in the TourismA space. From 6PM to 8PM at Hotel Lombardi, with some tasting of typical Southern Tuscany products (reservation required at or +393317539228 ).
  • Sun. 24: in the TourismA premises or at Hotel Lombardi

Participation to the event is free, but given the limited space and the possibility of “jazz improvisation” in parts of the schedule please write in advance to or +393317539228 to let us know when you may show

On the right side of this poster, a version of the network story as of February 2017, at the FOSS4G-IT conference in Genova.

On Feb. 23 the Farma Valley Winter Fest goes to Florence in a “bonsai” version

Between Dec. 14 and 16, 2018, the third Farma Valley Winter Fest was held in Southern Tuscany, in four hamlets halfway between Siena and Grosseto (Piloni, Torniella, Scalvaia, and Tatti).

The Farma creek “canaloni” during the Winter

The motto for the initiative was “three days of pici, love, and music”, recalling the Woodstock festival and a typical pasta from Southern Tuscany. The festival was launched in 2016 as an original way to animate a scarcely populated area (some 400 residents in 120 square kilometres) which in the Winter months is essentially seen as a wild boar hunting ground (which is ok, but may be integrated by other ideas). The festival is raising increasing interest, and in 2018 it saw the addition of a new location out of the valley: the village of Tatti, which in fact is related to it as it is just by the Farma creek springs.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hotel Lombardi in Florence, via Fiume 8, the organizers of the Winter Fest, collaborating with some subjects from the Florence area, will propose an adaptation of the mid-December event, tailoring it to the size of a budget hotel close to the Santa Maria Novella railway station, and fitting to an eight-hour schedule the program which in the Farma Valley was proposed in three days.

Attendance is free, but to you need to register in advance by sending an e-mail to  or calling +393317539228 by Feb. 20, 2019.

During the event it will be possible to review the network activities held in 2018, and to brainstorm on new projects being developed for 2019, especially in relation to the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band and PORGEP 2019. We can do this in Italian (if you speak it or would like to improve it), English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish (for a start).

vintage moustache for vintage guitars.

Coming to the Florence event will enable you to (1) help compose the free/open source community maps of the Farma Valley and Tatti, (2) play “panforte”, (3) see the rendering of prehistoric Sardinian monuments, (4) dance some twist, (5) try to rock-made nutcrackers, (6) learn more about prehistoric quarries, medieval iron works, protected and non-protected species; (7) get acquainted with night sky promotion and protection initiatives where rural bartenders are co-authors with senior researchers in international publications; (8) use ancient carpenter tools, (9) listen to some badass riff played with a vintage Eko guitas (or play it directly, if willing and able). But, most of all(10) try to play with the ball of an ancient game, forbidden by Florentine laws in the 13th century, but still routinely played in our home locations.

…this is just to mention the main attractions which will be presented. If you then browse the News section for, you may review what happened at the last Winter Fest and get an idea of what may occur in Florence in a few days. For this we are redirecting you to the Italian version of the site, since things were spinning so fast that we could not handle the real-time translation of our material: and you can then switch to the English version again.

Photographic evidence of the fact that ugliness and beauty can co-exist in the same space (just kidding, Vincenzo!)

How will all this fit in a 25-square metre breakfast hall and one single room? This is our part of the business. You can start by saving the date: “Florence, via Fiume 8” for Feb. 23. We are working on the hours of the event in the meantime. The core happening will be between 6 and 8PM. You should expect to find an exhibition and some information material starting early PM. Next Monday we expect to issue a more detailed schedule.

The Farma Valley Winter Fest in Florence is an idea by in collaboration with Hotel Lombardi, and various partners…a full list will be provided at the end of the event since it is in a very lively state during the preparations.

The Feb. 23 event also reconnects to a preview of the festival given in the same location on Nov 15, 2018 (article in Italian, with photos).

If all this is enticing you and you want to learn why/how this is happening, feel free to browse the org site, send an email to or call +393317539228.Informazioni e contatti stampa: Andrea Giacomelli – – 3317539228

Feb. 16, 2019: @ “Non ci resta che leggere!”

Non ci resta che leggere is a periodic event promoted by the Massa Marittima, Southern Tuscany, public library to propose reading recommendations. There is a keynote presenter, and then anybody (who has made a proposal in advance) is allowed three minutes to present a book of his/her preference. will be proposing a book which I am systematically proposing to people since 2014.

2018 Activity Summary of the Network: Services on Culture, Environment, and Open Innovation

A two-page summary presenting the 2018 network activities is available (download PDF).

The same document provides a brief presentation of the network, and of how this developed starting from 2006, in the combination of urban sprawls, rural areas, ancient games, post-modern technologies, tattoos, covers of 1911 blues songs, sandwiches with marinate anchovies, beatboxing, boxing, and…

…know-how and expertise which apparently has a certain level of inspiration, as demonstrated by various testimonials and the media coverage concerning our stories.

It will help to complement the report with

  • the presentation of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band project, for its “geomusical” aspects.
  • A review of the characters you will find under the “Collaborations” section
  • the homepage: each time you load this you get ten random posts from our blog (with over 1000 posts), if you would like to follow on of our stories, but don’t know where to start from

For more information, or inquiries: or +39 331 7539 228

Metalliferous Hills Jug Band “long playing” presentation

A few days ago I published a detailed presentation of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band project. This is a six-page PDF document which may be downloaded form the following link:

We will then prepare an abridged version of the same text, as suggested by some reviewers. In any case, reading six pages (including a large-format photo, a summary and various headers) never hurt anybody, at least according to WHO reports.

Thanks to those who provided comments to the draft (Fabio B, Marino M, Andrea d F, Elio A, Daniele S, Vittorio G).

For more information on the project you may also write to

Here we go with the Italian-language mailing list on protection and promotion of the night sky (proprocieno-it)

Milky Way from Monte Labro, Southern Tuscany (by Federico Giussani)

At the beginning of the year the BuioMetria Partecipativa  project, the Italian Research Council Institute of Biometeorology and the Department of Biology at University of Pisa have launched a new outreach initiative on the topic of protection and promotion of the night sky.

The idea took shape a couple of months ago, on the long tail of dissemination events following an international symposium organised by these subjects on Capraia Island, Tuscany, in September 2018 on the same issues.

The mailing list, which also represents one of the developments of the awareness raising and brainstorming on light pollution started in 2008 by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project is presented in this page.

The presentation (like the discussion) is in Italian, but the topics will not be restricred to Italy, so the mailing list may be of interest to experts worldwide who have some knowldge of Italian (we know personally a couple of them, and we figure that also Spanish or Portuguese readers may work out most of the contests, since we do the same with Spanish or Portuguese content).

To participate in the discussion, please write to ask to be subscribed. Allo stesso indirizzo è possibile chiedere delucidazioni o fornire commenti.

Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest with BuioMetria at the Aio’ Cafe y Restaurante (Madrid)

For the second last event for the “waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest” series, here we are in Madrid for the second time in eleven days.

Meet us at 9PM at the Aio´ Cafe Restaurante Aio’, Corredera baja de San Pablo 25, Madrid. This is quite close to the Gran Via Metro (note: this metro stop is closed…you will find your way).

We will be presenting the events mentioned in the post subject, and possibly will give some space to topics related to Sardinia, since I spent five years working on the Island, and over 25 relating to it for non-touristic reasons.

Probably we will be there before (ideally by 8PM).

If you like to come, we would appreciate if you could let us know by noon Dec. 11:

Capo Marrargiu (between Alghero e Bosa) early in the morning, Sardinia, around 2000

This initiative is brought to you by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, in Madrid with partial support by the Stars4all HORIZON2020 project