Geocaching family from the UK in Barga – v 3.0

Geocaching family from the UK in Barga

The geocaching phenomenon continues to grow with more and more people arriving looking for the elusive geocache boxes hidden around the city.

This morning the Jenkins family from Bath in the UK arrived in Barga and as you can hear in the short interview below (in English) they were really happy to be in the city and excited by their finds.

Geocaching as a “tourism resource” is definitely making itself felt in this area.

GEOCACHING is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

The geocaches of Barga are somewhat different as they in fact do contain objects of value.

This is the first of a series of 20 geocaches which are being hidden in the around the medieval walled city of Barga (LU) in Tuscany over the next month.

The caches contain signed original artworks, drawings, charcoal drawings, prints and etchings by 40 artists working in this area.

There are also mini poems and short stories in Italian and Latin

Professional musicians have prepared a series of cards containing QR codes which when scanned by smart phones will play music specially written for the project. The music includes classic, jazz, piano, tango, rock and folk.

The project is an attempt to “raise the bar” on the level of objects which can be found and exchanged in geocaches.

We hope that the people who find these objects will enjoy them as much as we have in preparing them. (the map can be found here)

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