aristodemo casciani

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Walter Togneri sings and pushes back the clock to happier times

Walter Togneri sings and pushes back the clock to happier times

Regular readers of barganews will have heard his name mentioned in many articles and a few of you might even have been luckily enough to actually see and heard Silvano Togneri in action during some of the summer festivals in Barga in the recent past. Silvano left this world in 2006 (article here) but his […]

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A new theme song for RAI radio programme – m’illumino di meno

A new theme song for RAI radio programme – m’illumino di meno

17th February is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy when people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. The campaign was launched by the Italian radio programme Caterpillar in 2005 and seeks to reduce private and public energy use. […]

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Geoff, still rocking almost half a century later

Geoff, still rocking almost half a century later

Last month we published an article entitled, “Mondine, music, sausages and Christmas decorations” — now what kind of title to an article was that ? The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia during the autumn months sit outside the bar in the piazza and roast chestnuts 2 or 3 times a year. It is […]

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2nd annual castagnaccio contest

2nd annual castagnaccio contest

The second annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this afternoon (the first contest last year can be seen here)  A year ago 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. Twelve months […]

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Mondine, music, sausages and Christmas decorations?

Mondine, music, sausages and Christmas decorations?

Mondine, music, sausages and Christmas decorations – now what kind of title to an article is that ? The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia during the autumn months sit outside the bar in the piazza and roast chestnuts 2 or 3 times a year. It is a time for all the families to […]

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Emma e gli Aristodemo’s finally making a disc

Emma e gli Aristodemo’s finally making a disc

Emma e gli Aristodemo’s have now been playing on the local music circuit for a couple of seasons and the question keeps being asked “where can we get a CD of their music?” Up until now the answer has always been in the negative but it looks as though some things are changing as this […]

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Calvin Laing exhibiting work at Aristo’s

Calvin Laing exhibiting work at Aristo’s

Generally to describe an exhibition or art work as “interesting” is to damn it with faint praise. It is almost the default adjective to use when commentators can think of no other BUT the work from the Scottish artist Calvin Laing now on show at Aristo’s bar – Barga’s unofficial cultural centre in Barga Vecchia, […]

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M’illumino di meno at Aristo’s

M’illumino di meno at Aristo’s

18th February is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy when people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. The campaign was launched by the Italian radio programme Caterpillar in 2005 and seeks to reduce private and public energy use. […]

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Accordion at Aristo’s

Accordion at Aristo’s

There is snow on the ground once again around Barga as we move out of January and into February, traditionally the coldest months of the year in this area but there is always some warmth to be found in Barga Vecchia at Aristo’s. It has to be said that there are very few people around […]

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Accordion, red wine, castagnaccio and mondine

Just last week we published an article bemoaning the fact that November is gradually becoming one  of the worst months of the year for services in Barga Vecchia (article here) In the article we talked in negative terms about how in the height of the summer season, it is not really a problem finding a […]

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Alaskan musicians in Barga

A new sound coming out of the door from Aristo’s bar this evening – the sound of the flute and fiddle from two musicians just arrived in the city. What the regulars to the bar were treated to was some authentic Celtic traditional music, coming not from Scotland or Ireland or even Brittany but instead […]

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Funeral service for Aristo

Funeral service for Aristo

Aristodemo Casciani who had only just recently celebrated his 86th year on the planet, died two days ago on the 4th October in the local hospital. He was laid to rest this afternoon in the Barga cemetery after a moving service in San Francesco with Don Stefano Serafini leading the congregation with prayers for his […]