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San Cristoforo patrono di Barga

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paolo nutini awarded the gold medal in barga today

Celebrations for St Christopher the Patron Saint of Barga took place today with the “San Cristoforo d’oro” awards ceremony and a long torchlight procession through the streets of Barga up to the Duomo.

The Premio San Cristoforo d’Oro (Golden St Christopher medals) named for Barga’s ancient patron, Saint Christopher, are presented each year to celebrate extraordinary contributions to the town and its people.

The list of people  honoured with the medal this year:

Paolo Nutini
Dott. Salvatore Orlando
Don Ruggero Bencivenni
Don Alessandro Pierotti
Keane
Marta Cola
Jacques Mazzei
Luigi Bondielli
Fratelli Lucchesi
Fratelli Moscardini
Laura Gonnella
Giorgio Macciantelli
Nicholas Hunt

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Mayor Umberto Sereni said the awards recognised people who had helped to raise Barga’s profile across the world.

It was important that we did something to honour the citizens of Barga. Many places do it but Barga was not one of them so we decided to use our patron saint as a symbol of pride and identity for the town. Every year we honour people who have stood out and done something in Barga or across the world.

Images from the award ceremony during 2003 | 2005 are here

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Monacu
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BARGANEWS EDITOR WINS TOWN’S HIGHEST HONOR By Frank Viviano and Riccardo Negri Barganews Staff Reporters When the history of Italy in the 21st century is written, there’s reason to believe that Barga will command more attention than Roma, Milano or Firenze. The reason, in a single word, is “Keane:” the founder, editor, chief reporter and brilliant portrait painter of Barganews.com. Nowhere, thanks to him, is the daily life of an Italian community more thoroughly – and movingly – documented than ours. Yesterday at the Teatro dei Differenti, Barga formally recognized this unique achievement with its highest honor, the Premio San… Read more »
Mizio
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All the best to keane, eventually someone noticed his piece of work…

Cheers !!!

Deety
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San Keane-Stoforo Yesterday we celebrated the elongating of the man with one name, the man who put privy into privacy and privacy into privy. For years he has been calmly ambling around the walled city innovatively exposing his ever-increasing pixels to the unsuspecting public and menacing them with his bathroom polls and chewing gum bins, his paintshoped walls and vanishing gnomes, his buzzing apes and bright umbrellas, his painted signs and bereaved brown paper, his clanging bells and trolley-full hunchback, his medieval sauna and bar-coded books all very cleverly veiled behind his charming smiling vagrant bearded clean-cut looks. All this… Read more »
dannyboy
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Hooray for you, Keane.

You really are the man at the Barga pivot point for all of us wanna-be Barghigiani (and for lots of other folks, too).

I can’t thank you enough for my daily, high-quality, Barga fix.

Also, if it’s not too late, please say hello to Paolo Nutini on behalf of my daughter. She’s bummed that our visits to Barga never coincide with Paolo’s.

Carlo Zambonini
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Congratulations Keane and thanks for everything. I hope the gong raises the profile of this very gentle man and the work he is doing for his adopted home. Had it not been for Keane and his web site my family and I would never have returned to Barga. Three years back on a long cold winters night in Aberdeenshire I was scouring the corners of the world wide web looking for “a place in the sun” to holiday, Lucca was a strong favourite. I image Googgled Lucca for hotels some of the links were from Barganews and the rest is… Read more »
rhazckal
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Grande Keane, complimenti!
Bella anche l’atmosfera in teatro e sopratutto ganzissimo il pavimento a scacchiera bianca e nera su cui vi hanno premiato.

Keane = Mr. Cool

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