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
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

12 Responses to San Cristoforo patrono di Barga

  1. Monacu 07/24/2007 at 8:50 pm


    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 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 Cristoforo d’Oro. Named for Barga’s ancient patron, Saint Christopher, the award is presented each year to celebrate extraordinary contributions to the town and its people.

    Since Barganews went online in June, 2000, an estimated six million Internet visits – 600 times Barga’s own population – have been made to the site, which blends comprehensive local news coverage with lively public debate on its open forum and blogs. In the past seven years, Barganews has published more than 4,000 articles on nostro paese, accompanied by tens of thousands of photographs and other images. Nearly all of them were written or produced by Keane himself.


    Quando sarà scritta la storia d’Italia del 21 sec., ci sarà ragione di credere che Barga attirerà piu attenzione di Roma, Milano o Firenze. La spiegazione, in una parola, sarà Keane — fondatore, editore, giornalista e pittore brillante del ritratto colletivo di Da nessuna parte, grazie a lui, la vita quotidiana di una comunità italiana è stata mai documentata piu comprensivamente ed in modo cosi commovente.

    Ieri, al Teatro dei Differenti, Barga ha formalmente riconosciuto questo contributo, consegnandoli il premio San Cristoforo d’oro, la più importante onorificenze del paese.

    Dal momento in cui Barganews è apparso su Internet, nel Giugno del 2000, circa 6 milioni di persone lo hanno visitato, 600 volte la popolazione di Barga. Il sito è un collage di notizie locali e punto d’incontro per dibattitti, discussioni ed impressioni. Negli ultimi 7 anni Barganews ha pubblicato piu di 4.000 articoli sul nostro paese, accompagnati da migliaia di foto e altre immagini. Tutto questo ad opera di Keane.

  2. Mizio 07/25/2007 at 7:35 am

    All the best to keane, eventually someone noticed his piece of work…

    Cheers !!!

  3. Deety 07/25/2007 at 9:41 am

    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 moniker business couldn’t go unnoticed and therefore the man with one name has finally been honoured and double barrelled into stardom.

  4. dannyboy 07/26/2007 at 3:23 am

    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.

  5. Carlo Zambonini 07/26/2007 at 12:42 pm

    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 history. I had not been to the village for some forty years and the wonderful light touch of the web site took me back to my childhood. The fond memories of the wee walled city came flooding back. I have since returned for two fantastic holidays with my wife and children and next year will holiday in Barga with a party of sixteen friends and family members thanks to Keane. I hope the promoters, movers and shakers of the village do indeed respect and reward the massive contribution this unassuming man has made.
    Hats off to the city fathers for the nomination and warmest congratulations go to Keane from the Zambonini family in Aberdeen.

  6. rhazckal 07/28/2007 at 10:34 am

    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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