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Roast chestnuts in Barga Vecchia

Sometimes some of the tricks that life plays on us seem very hard to understand. This morning Barga woke to the news that somebody ended their life yesterday by jumping from the high bridge which joins Barga Giardino and Barga Vecchia.

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Roast chestnuts as the cold weather bites

Last month one of the great characters of Barga Vecchia, Natale Bertolini celebrated his 80th birthday. (article here) Since that day he has been talking about preparing some roast chestnuts for all the regulars in Aristo’s baras a kind of thank you for the party that was organised to celebrate his 80 years on the […]

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Last stage of the vendemmia – grappa making

The grape picking season – the vendemmia which started last month (article here) on most of the vineyards around Barga is now over for 2007. The svinata – moving the crushed grapes after they had started the first fermentation, from the wooden barrels to the glass demijohn took place earlier on this week (article here) […]

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Vendemmia – Svinata

The grape picking season – the vendemmia which started last month (article here) on most of the vineyards around Barga now moves onto the next stage. The crushed grapes have been sitting bubbling quite happily in large barrels for at least a week and now it is time to separate the juice and move on […]

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More Cheese Rolling in Barga Vecchia

As we already reported last month (article here) – as the winter approaches it is the time of year for the Traditional Cheese Rolling in Barga Vecchia. Forget about the dangers of bull running in Pamplona in Spain, for the unprepared visitor to Barga, there is far more risk of being damaged  by a fast […]

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Vendemmia 2007 – quality good but quantity low

The vendemmia – the grape picking harvest is in full swing in the vineyards dotted on the hills surrounding Barga. Most people are reporting that this year the grape harvest is going to be good as far as quality of the grapes but low on quantity.

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Barga Genealogy Research Group

The Barga Genealogy Research Group (BGRG) was formed several years ago by people whose ancestors came from Barga and the neighboring villages. These ancestors left Barga to sell plaster statues, fish and chips and gelato in countries all around the world. The purpose of the BGRG is to foster interest in Barga and to help […]

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September – traditional Cheese Rolling

It's September. The nights are starting to draw in slightly, there is a colder snap in the air in the mornings and some of the older traditions of life in a small city based around a medieval castle come to the fore. September is of course, the time of vendemmia – grape picking (images here) […]

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11th Festa di Via della Madonnina

You know that everything is still right with the world when events like the Festa di Via della Madonnina can still take place every year no matter what. A small back road in Barga Giardino is closed off once a year and tables and chairs take the place of the cars as banners, balloons and […]

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Fish and Chip Festival

This evening at least 600 people sat down under the new covered seating at the Johhny Moscardini sports stadium to enjoy this year's annual Fish and Chip Festival.  Freshly cooked pasta, grilled steak and sausages were also on the menu but this evening all eyes were on those freshly crisp fried fish and chips that […]

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Restaurant Verdeluna opens its doors

As we have been reporting since the spring, eating out in Barga Vecchia as changed drastically this year with the opening of three new places to eat in the past few months. This evening it was the turn of the latest restaurant to open its doors to the public – the VerdeLuna in Piazza Sargentone. […]

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Andrea Mazzolini – we never close

We never close – is the anthem that Andrea Mazzolini has been singing in his shop since he started work there at the age of 6. Now past pensionable age, Andrea is still there working 7 days a week and enjoying every minute of it. Dall’età di sette anni Andrea Mazzolini lavora nel suo negozio […]