Village inhabited today by about a thousand people, Fognano lies on the foothills of the Apennines, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It can be reached by following Via Gramsci from Montale and passing the through the beautiful green belt that surrounds the town. Present in the records since the year 984, the village breathes history and traditions. One of these traditions that can not remain unmentioned is the evergreen Concert Band “Verdi”, founded in 1885 with the name of Società Filarmonica fognanese (Trans: Philharmonic Society of Fognano) and now one of the most ancient popular orchestras in Italy. To this day the origins of the name “Fognano” remains uncertain; according to some interpretations it may refer to the “fogno”, which in the vernacular of Pistoia indicates a strong wind bearer of freezing rain, or a contraction of the Latin phrase “Fundus Agnanus”. However, Fognano is the birthplace of the sculptor Jorio Vivarelli, author of the impressive works that animate the monumental public park, built around a large sculptural installation completed by the artist in 1985: The sacrifice: death for a life. The work coincides with the first chapter of a body of seven sculptures belonging to the series The Stones of the Wise Men, passionate reflection on the possibility of a new humanity, which can eventually change the world with positive values.
Heading to Tobbiana and going down the narrow panoramic route along the hill on your right, you will reach the tiny village of Striglianella. On your way there you will see a beautiful lake equipped with fishing facilities and little waterfalls that bubble down the Agna torrent. In the village you will find the church of San Pietro, built in 1914 and restored in the seventies. On the right wall of the building you can still read the words “Scuola comunale” (local school) which during the twentieth century, before the villages population began to move to Montale and Montemurlo, had come to contain as many as five classes of children.