For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the middle of winter'.
Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno” – For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we […]
If the conditions are right and you are in the right place at the right time, it is possible twice a year, on the 11th – 12th November and the 30th – 31st January to see the doppio tramonto – the double sunset viewed from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia.
The double sunset from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia. This is when the sun drops down behind the mountains and then shines through the natural arch of the Monte Forato. Monte Forato is a mountain in the Apuan Alps which has two peaks of similar height and size, little more than 1.200 mts but […]
legend has it that the weather is so cold during the last three days of January that the white birds that take shelter in the chimney tops emerge black from soot.
The last days of January are known as “days of the blackbird” in Italy, denoting the coldest days of the year. In some cities, it’s called i tre giorni della merla, or the three days of the blackbird. There are numerous versions of the legend behind it, and here are just two: Story one – […]
The rare celestial event takes places when the moon is positioned slightly closer to earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a super moon. At the same time, the moon was expected to give off a coppery red glow on the lunar surface as it slips into […]
the canker stain fungus is gradually moving up the valley
In March of 2008 we published an article entitled ” Timing of pruning Plane trees questioned” In that article we said sometimes the only thing one can do is cross your fingers and hope. Only four days previous to those words we wrote an article about the plight of the plane trees in this area […]
More changes in Barga Vecchia
Premises that for many years held a hairdressing salon, remained empty when the owner retired then took on a new lease of life as the L’alcova interior design and furnishing company brought new colour and movement to Via di Borgo but that too is now this weekend coming to a close. The L’alcova interior design […]
Procession through Barga Vecchia to celebrate 6th January
there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night
Befanotti All eyes were on the weather forecast for the evening when the Befanotti come down from the mountains for their traditional meeting and singing in Barga Vecchia …. did it happen? … and the answer was, a resounding YES … there were three main groups of Befana and Befanotti moving through the city last […]
Italy’s traditional celebration includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.
La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]
Eventually they make their way up to the Duomo where in a stable, miracle of miracles, a live baby appears in the arms of Mary followed moments later by the arrival of three Kings arriving bearing gifts just as a rocket is fired up into the night sky.
The gradually evolving form of the event goes under the blanket description of “tradition” and is therefore a difficult animal to pin down but once again for the 38th time, the annual event in Barga took place in Barga this evening The Presepe Vivente is one of those traditional events which happen in Barga once […]
the barga - scotland connection
Back in May 2005 a letter postmarked from Scotland arrived in the barganews office containing a series of slides. The letter was opened, the slides where briefly looked at and then … the letter was put away to be dealt with at a later date. Unfortunately the letter was then lost for another 13 years […]
Article by Jimmy Bitton - he is a history teacher and a published writer around the world.
Peeking over the top of my laptop out at the Apuan Alps and the narrow cobblestone walkways in the medieval Tuscan mountaintop town of Barga, it was hard not to be pulled away from the screen by its sublime beauty — by the way the ochres and sienna coloured homes complement the rustic landscape, the […]