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Simple hikes around Tatti (Southern Tuscany)

This map highlights some portions of the roads and trails selected by Amministrazione Separata Beni e Usi Civici (ASBUC) di Tatti, and deemed suitable for walks and hikes. These portions may be assembled at your leisure to compose itineraries around the village with for walks from one to four hours. These sections may be also downloaded in GPX format:

For a full-screen version of the map, please use this link: – if you are on a mobile device, and you click on the “pin” icon under the zoom buttons, you will be able to see your location on the map.

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The Forestano Session EP is out, to warm up before the Gran(i)Tour

If you liked the “Tatti Twist” launched last aprile, you are boung to dig the other songs we recorded with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere during the past months. As a warm-up for the upcoming Gran(i)Tour you can find them on Soundcloud and YouTube…your choice:




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The recording of the #221 show featuring the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (May 21, 2024)

During the May 21, 2024 episode of #221 on TV9 Grosseto, we proposed four songs with a trio lineup, and explained a bit of the JBCM project as we approach the Gran(i)Tour.

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Wolfgang’s Wheat as of May 23, 2024

In the midst of the preparations for the Jug Band Colline Metallifere Gran(i)Tour, Wolfgang will send periodic shots from his wheat field in the Bruna Valley, Southern Tuscany. For previous pictures:

May 21, 2024: The Jug Band Colline Metallifere on TV9

Between 4 and 5.2PM on May 21 we will be hosted on TV9 in the #221 show. We will be proposing a few songs and giving some news about the upcoming Gran(i)tour.

In addition to Digitale Terrestre in Tuscany, it is possible to follow the show via web streaming on:

Max Herman’s work

Max Herman is a writer and artist with degrees in English literature and information technology, based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, USA, where he was born and raised and attended public schools.  He has created a variety of on and off-line works in multiple media and genres. 

The Mindful Mona Lisa   

The Mindful Mona Lisa project centers on the blog of the same name by Max Herman, hosted by the MIT Press’ Leonardo journal at since May of
2020.  It discusses a very wide range of topics, including the Covid-19 pandemic, sustainability, literary theory, art history, networks, the history of science, and their various philosophical and cultural interconnections, all through the lens of a novel hypothesis regarding the art and writing of Leonardo. 

This is the “bridge-garment-experience hypothesis,” strongly influenced by Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium (or Lezioni Americane), and it proposes for the first time in published scholarship that La Gioconda may be an allegorical portrait of “Esperienza,” the Italian word for both experience and experiment, which Leonardo personified in his writings as “the common mother of all the sciences and arts,” “the interpreter between humans and nature,” and “the one true maestra,” pledging himself her “disciple” and vowing “as maestra, to acknowledge her, and in all cases cite her as evidence.” 

Explanatory essays for each blog post and other supporting materials are available from this link: (15 Mb, 797 pages).

Other works

Additional works by Mr. Herman currently available online are and Other past and recent works including Wrong Bienniale, Calzona Museum, and more, are available upon request to the author. 


Max Herman is one of the sponsors for the Jug Band Colline Metallifere 2024 Gran(i)Tour. You may see more articles about Max Herman’s works from


Apr. 29, 2024 – The Gran(i)Tour featured by “Poveri ma Belli” (Radio Popolare Milano)

To present the Jug Band Colline Metallifere Gran(i)Tour and to invite people to help us with the “farm to fork” participatory mapping exercise… [in italian]

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!

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