Peccioli is a village with 5000 inhabitants perched on the green hills of upper Valdera. A small town waiting to be discovered, by taking a stroll along its narrow streets, visiting the well-preserved historical town centre, ancient parish churches and small museums. But that’s not all. Because Peccioli is a forward-looking place, where contemporary art and sustainability play a key role, benefiting residents and visitors alike.
In fact, the Peccioli community has been described as “an open-air museum of contemporary art”. How did it achieve this? In 1997, it took on a challenge that everyone else had turned down, turning a problem into a huge opportunity: it took charge of the refuse of six municipalities, creating a landfill and integrating it into an environmentally-friendly, virtuous urban model. Showing great foresight, it then transformed the futuristic plant for waste disposal and treatment into a catalyst for development and beauty. This courageous decision paved the way for a green industry that for over twenty years has been generating resources which enable the municipality to grow and invest in sustainability, culture, innovation and, above all, in art and architecture.
For this reason, the Peccioli community has been invited to take part in the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, perfectly embodying the system that is identified in the Italian Pavilion as the “resilient community”.