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Exhibition of paintings in Barga Vecchia

Exhibition of paintings in Barga Vecchia

joint show from arcadia and Unitre

A new exhibition now taking place in Piazza Angelio in Barga Vecchia involving students from the Arcadia painting school and the  Unitre group. Exhibition open in Piazza Angelio until the 31st December 2017

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Sommocolonia: 26th December 1944

Sommocolonia: 26th December 1944

During World War II on the 26th December 1944 Sommocolonia was the scene of Operation Wintergewitter-Temporale d’Inverno , a limited offensive conduct on the Gothic Line by Axis forces against US troops (92nd Division Buffalo ) supported by the partisans of the area XI.

Every year on the 26th December commemorations are held in Sommocolonia to remember the events there during the second world war. Don Stefano held the mass in the San Frediano church and  three wreaths were laid  to commemorate the people who died during December 1944. The first was laid just above Sommocolonia at the Memorial to […]

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Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2017

Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2017

The origins of this ceremony have long since been lost but probably dates back to a pagan rite to the god Mitra

Palio dei Natalecci; every year on the 24th December the night sky in certain parts of Garfagnana is lit up with large fires. These are the Natalecci. Huge circular towers, often 10 to 15 metres tall and sometimes even as high as 20 metres, made up of trees and covered with branches of juniper which […]

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Vandalism in Barga

Vandalism in Barga

Not often that we publish a headline like the above but some time during Thursday evening or early Friday morning, vandals attacked the presepe on the  Belvedere Magri above the public toilets in Via Hayange, damaging some of the figures and throwing flowerpots into the road below. The last time there were problems in that area […]

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Aria di Natale – Ricordando Gualtiero Pia

Aria di Natale – Ricordando Gualtiero Pia

Dopo il successo della giornata in memoria di Gualtiero Pia organizzata in primavera, sabato scorso, alla Fondazione Ricci, lo scrittore barghigiano è stato ricordato da Vincenzo Pardini (che ci aveva parlato di Pia qui), Graziella Cosimini e Gian Luigi Ruggio. E proprio Ruggio, da noi contattato, ci ha raccontato dell’amicizia che lo legava a Pia: […]

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Barga and the new Gabriele Salvatores film

Barga and the new Gabriele Salvatores film

Ludovico Girardello, che interpreta il ruolo del protagonista Michele Silenzi, è diventato un adolescente, di conseguenza i temi e le emozioni che lo riguardano sono più complessi, e il film è più adulto. Questo episodio virerà in direzione dark senza perdere la dimensione del divertimento - Gabriele Salvatores

The latest film from Oscar winning director, Gabriele Salvatores, due to be released in the first week of 2018, has a special meaning for a certain person living in Barga as her name will come up on the credits at the end of the film. That name is of the singer Silvia Graziani and her […]

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Villa Stefani – Filming first world war documentary video

Villa Stefani – Filming first world war documentary video

Filming is now underway for a documentary  “La provincia di Lucca nella Grande Guerra” –  “The province of Lucca during the Great War ” which should be screened to the public some time in 2018. The film which is supported and promoted by the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation will be featuring the reality […]

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Grizzly play Barga Jazz Club

Grizzly play Barga Jazz Club

Country rock at The Barga Jazz Club with Geoffrey Collins-White and the boys     Great gig last night at Barga Jazz Club, thanks to all who turned out on a cold evening. Big thumbs up to Luigi and Keane and especially to James Henry Downes who stepped in at literally one hours notice to […]

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8th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

8th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Manuela Baldisseri, 2nd -Tiziana Faccio, 3rd - Monica Marchi, 4th - Cinzia Giusti, 5th - Barbara Santoni

The eighth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012  2013, 2014  2015  2016 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last […]

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Presentation of “Pascoli e Il Risorgimento” by Antonio Corsi

Presentation of “Pascoli e Il Risorgimento” by Antonio Corsi

Presentation this afternoon in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia of the book on Giovanni Pascoli by Antonio Corsi. Included the presentation to a packed room was the  intervention of Professor Giovanni Falaschi of the University of Perugia and Professor Umberto Sereni of the University of Udine, in addition, of course, the author of the book Antonio […]

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Paolo Nespoli returns back to Earth

Paolo Nespoli returns back to Earth

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.

Back in 2015  (article here) Barga was visited  by the veteran Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli – who was invited to the city by Lt. Col. Vittorio Biondi Of course Paolo had to call in to the unofficial cultural centre of Barga – Da Aristos,  to sample the atmosphere of a bygone age before once again continuing […]

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Exhibition Mario Madiai – “Unica Mente In Due”

Exhibition Mario Madiai – “Unica Mente In Due”

Madiai has portrayed some Barghigiani characters (the artists Keane, Fabrizio Da Prato, Giorgia Madiai and also some children) surprised in the act of writing on a wall. He then asked the featured characters to intervene on the work themselves, personally painting their graffiti.

S’intitola Unica_Mente_In_Due la nuova operazione artistica che dall’8 al 10 dicembre si svolgerà a Barga all’interno di Via del Pretorio 4, lo studio-opera di Giorgia Madiai, artista poliedrica che lavora in bilico tra pittura, installazioni, performance e fotografia. Via Del Pretorio 4, infatti, è una sorta di contenitore creativo nato la scorsa estate e curato […]

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