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 cultural geocaches of Barga are somewhat different as they in fact do contain objects of value.
The caches contain signed original artworks, drawings, charcoal drawings, prints and etchings by 42 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.
All of the articles we have published over the past 12 months about the cultural geocaching project can be seen here
Nicola Salotti talking about his participation in the geocaching project
Marco Poma talking about his participation in the geocaching project
Andrea Guzzoletti talking about his participation in the geocaching project
Nick Kraczyna talking about his participation in the geocaching project
Rory Wilmer talking about his participation in the geocaching project