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Polenta and bagpipes at La Cantina del Vino

Polenta and bagpipes  at La Cantina del Vino

... with the sound of bagpipes, violin, guitar and voices joined in Scots and Gaelic traditional song.

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Getting near to the end of the week and it was time to move outside of the castle walls. Following the piper, the staff and students of […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

DAY FOUR and they are dancing on the tables at Paolo Gas

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Day four and the lessons are becoming more complex in various studios around Barga Vecchia. This evening the interest then moved just outside the main gates of […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

once more the sound of bagpipes can be heard in the narrow streets and piazzas of Barga Vecchia

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is once again in full swing in Barga. This evening tutors and students were all assembled at the Locanda in Barga Vecchia for the first of many musical sessions taking place over the […]

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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 […]