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Wedding celebrations, kilts and fish and chips

Wedding celebrations, kilts and fish and chips

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini were married today in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The bride, groom and family then moved on to the Hotel Moorings to celebrate before finally later on that evening enjoying the traditional meal of fish and chips at the Fish and Chip Festival.

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Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini were married today in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The bride, groom and family then moved on to the Hotel Moorings to celebrate before finally later on that evening enjoying the traditional meal of fish and chips at the Fish and Chip Festival (article with more images here)

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Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Mairi MacFarlane and Fabio Martinelli tie the knot.

Many kilts, temperatures in the mid 30’s, bright sunshine, the sound of bottles of prosecco corks popping and launching into the blue sky, the swirling sound of bagpipes set against the background sound of the centuries old bells of the Duomo chiming out over the city …. yes, it was a normal July day in Barga […]

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Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

The impact of Brexit is not a distant abstraction for Barga. Its ties to Scotland are powerful, rooted in extensive immigration dating back to the 19th century, and more recently to strong economic links based on tourism. A good example of those ties was yesterday as two people were in Barga enjoying the sun and the […]

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The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped our nation - article by Joseph Farrell in The National newspaper and website in Scotland

The first immigrants from Italy in the modern era arrived more than 100 years ago, a long enough time to allow them to form a community of Italo-Scots, to integrate and make their mark. Theirs is a story of success, but the community has also experienced episodes of intolerance and discrimination, as well as moments […]

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Blair Douglas – Italian Chapel Suite

Blair Douglas – Italian Chapel Suite

Inspired by the chapel created by Italian prisoners of war that has become Orkney’s most visited tourist attraction

Back in 2009 (article here) Blair Douglas, one of Scotland’s foremost musicians,  penned a composition in honour of the Scots- Barga footballer, Giovanni or Johnny Moscardini, who though born in Falkirk, Scotland  in 1897, took to the field a total of nine times for ‘Azzurri’ between 1921 and 1925. The tune “Il Saluto di Giovanni […]

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Luigi Pierotti – Order of the Star of Italy

Luigi Pierotti – Order of the Star of Italy

The Italian Ambassador will confer on him the honour Ordine della Stella d’Italia, or Order of the Star of Italy in Edinburgh today. Born a Scotsman in Barrhead, he even went to the effort to learn Italian so that he could help the many people from Italy who for generations have lived in Paisley and the West of Scotland, as well as to honour his family’s roots in Barga, Tuscany.

To generations of Paisley families he was known simply as Luigi Pierotti, partner in a number of fish and chip shops in the town and latterly as a newsagent in Rowan Street. But, thanks to an honour that is to be bestowed upon him by the Italian Government today, plain Mr Luigi Pierotti will be […]

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Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

DA ARISTO - Written by Linsey and dedicated to Giovani, Antonella, Lorenzo, Keane, The Aristodemos and all the wonderful people who inhabit this wonderful little bar, the unofficial cultural centre of Barga, the most Scottish town in Tuscany, Italy.

Back in 2014 we published an article about the Scottish folk musicians, Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell who are regular visitors to the city and mentioned that once again their particular sound was heard in Barga Vecchia as they gave a series of impromptu “mini- concerts” in five different locations through out the city. Why five […]

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Golf Club Garfagnana and the Scottish connection

Golf Club Garfagnana and the Scottish connection

località Braccicorti a Pontardeto, Pieve Fosciana - 6 hole par 3

The ancient origins of GOLF are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century […]

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Barga photographic exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland

Barga photographic exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland

Images of Barga in an exhibition as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland

We are extremely lucky in this part of the world to have in our midst, the piazzas – areas of daily transit on foot and places to meet and greet. Since the Italian Renaissance, ideas, concepts, communication and culture has freely moved through these piazzas. Over the past few years, the participants of Hamish Moores’ […]

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Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

James Selbie designed and created the mosaic to commemorate the Arandora Star tragedy.

A mystery regarding a missing memorial to one of the worst shipping disasters of the Second World War has focused on Greenock, Scotland The stone mosaic — which was created in memory of more than 800 people who perished in the sinking of the liner Arandora Star (article here) — was gifted to the town’s […]

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Scottish writer James Robertson with his latest novel – “Solo la terra resiste”

Scottish writer James Robertson with his latest novel – “Solo la terra resiste”

da oggi nelle librerie italiane - "Solo la terra resiste", l’ultimo romanzo dello scrittore scozzese James Robertson, edito da paginauno, titolo originale "And the Land Lay Still"

The long term connections with Barga and Scotland continued this afternoon with a presentation in the Palazzo Pancrazi of the Scottish poet and writer, James Robertson with his latest novel, “Solo la terra resiste” –  “And the Land Lay Still” His subject is Scotland, from 1950 to the present day. It gives him a fair […]

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