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The legend that was Aristodemo Casciani is no more

The legend that was Aristodemo Casciani is no more

The news started to filter through the city just after midday today and by three ‘o clock it was no longer a rumour but was now the truth – Aristodemo Casciani who just recently celebrated his 86th year on the planet, died this morning in Barga hospital. He was taken to hospital just a week […]

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Aristodemo celebrates 86 years on the planet.

The last really big birthday celebration for Aristodemo was back in 2004 for his 80th birthday. On that day there was a large party in the piazza with one of the largest birthday cakes seen in Barga Vecchia and of course, lots of live music. Today was his 86th birthday and as Aristo has not be […]

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Bostonians 12th visit to Barga

Joyce from Boston USA, on her 12th visit to Barga, was in Barga Vecchia this afternoon with 20 of her compatriots for a short visit to the Museum up at the Duomo. From there they gradually moved down the steep steps of Barga Vecchia and took a well earned rest outside of Aristos in Piazza […]

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Swallows on the ground

Some strange weather conditions over the past few weeks in Barga – unseasonably low temperatures and lots, and we do mean lots, of rain has left not just the Barghigiani a bit baffled and lost but also the bird population has been put to the test. The swallows and swifts which come back to Barga […]

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Aristo’s – M’illumino di meno

12th February is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy where people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. That evening the lights that normally illuminate many national monuments in Rome and Milano will be switched off to “highlight” this […]

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M'illumino di meno – pedal power

The 100 year old coffee machine has been dusted off and tested (article here), the antique coffee bean grinder has been completed restored and this week the preparations have been going on all over Barga for the other vital part of National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” to be held at Aristo’s bar in […]

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100 year old coffee machine at Aristo's

For many years there has been a small copper coloured Aquilas coffee machine sitting on the top shelf gathering dust above the bar in Aristo’s. This week it was taken down and looked at more closely after questions were asked about its origins. Some names were printed at the base of the small machine – […]

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Biadina co' pinoli and the accordion

Biadina or sometimes known as “biadino”  is one of those drinks which were invented generations ago,  reached a peak of popularity and then kind of disappeared as tastes changed and people moved away from highly alcoholic beverages,  aperitif  and digestivi.  It can still be found in bars in Garfagnana and the Barga area  but these […]

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Musicians already practising for La Befana

Well that’s it, Christmas is almost over and done with for another 12 months .. and so we move smartly on to the next of the three holidays that fall one after the other this time of year. New years eve is just around the corner .. and then the last festa … the one […]

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Minimalist Santa plays with live musicians

This week we have already featured videos of the Minimalist Santa at the Duomo in Barga, riding a FIAT 500 just inside the main gate in Barga Vecchia, dancing in the snow in front of the Mordini statue on the Fosso and entertaining the people in the Piazza Salvi outside of Aristo’s bar. Today we […]

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The Presepe of Barga

Carlo Sacco who died earlier this year is still making his presence felt in Barga Vecchia as his presepe which he built last Christmas (complete with 7 dwarves and a LED light show fountain –article here) has been once again restored and put up in Aristo’s bar. Traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in […]

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Roast Chestnuts at Aristo's

This weekend was held the first roast chestnut event of the season outside Aristo’s bar in Piazza Salvo Salvi – once again, a perfect example of the community in action, and another example of just why we are so lucky to be able to live here. Seemingly out of nowhere, without a huge amount of  […]