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The Journey

The first part of a series of articles from Hamish Moore – acknowledged as the premier small pipes bagpipe maker in Scotland now working in Barga. Not just a physical journey but a metaphor for the continuing journey of life, of healing and of moving on to the next stage, what ever that may be. […]

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Hamish Moore – bagpipes studio in Piazza Angelio

There is a wooden sign in Aristo's bar in Barga Vecchia which reads "from wine what sudden friendships spring" a quote from the English poet John Gay who in 1708 published 'Wine', a poem to celebrate the Act of Union between England and Scotland. That sign has been invested with added meaning by the arrival […]

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Joe Pieri publishes new book

Joe Pieri got a surprise when he answered the door bell to his apartment in Bishopbriggs, Scotland this weekend – standing at the door was the Mayor of Barga, Umberto Sereni. He was in Scotland for the Garibaldi celebration but took time off to help the official launch of Joe’s latest book which has just […]

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Garibaldi in Scotland

  Nell’ambito delle iniziative per il Bicentenario della nascita di Garibaldi mercoledì scorso a Glasgow si è tenuto un concerto come quello già tenuto nel 1860 voluto allora per sostenere l’impresa dell’eroe in Italia. Il contributo della Scozia alla nascita di una nazione. A Glasgow era presente il sindaco di Barga, Umberto Sereni, in Scozia […]

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Paolo Gas gets his name in the newspapers

Paolo Gas makes it into a national newspaper in the UK, namely, the Scottish Daily Express, thanks to an article marked "exclusive" by the journalist Derek Watson. He wrote that friends of Scottish Italian pop star Paolo Nutini faced a last-minute sweat on the Hampton trip after a delay in sending out their tickets for […]

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Johnny Moscardini Stadium

Excitement mounts in what has been billed by some commentators as the most important football match in the last 20 years in Scotland – tomorrow’s UEFA Euro qualifying match to be played at Hampden Park in Glasgow, between the Scottish and the Italian football teams.  Media interest has increased about the only Scottish born male […]

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UEFA Euro, Scotland – Italy Match

The postman was eagerly awaited in Barga this morning by some Barga residents who have been anxiously listening for his knock on the door.  They have all ordered tickets via Internet, for the football match this Saturday in Scotland. – the UEFA Euro qualifying match Scotland versus Italy will be played in Hampden Park in […]

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Rain does not stop the Scottish Wedding

The sound of bagpipes in Barga Vecchia and everybody reaches for their umbrellas. Not really true, just one of those urban legends that every time there is a Scottish event in Barga the weather changes and gives us what is looked upon at traditional Scottish weather – low cloud, cool temperatures and slightly damp.

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Walk to Lago Santo – Ron Gauld

Walk to Lago Santo – Ron Gauld

  Now a regular feature of the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano hillwalking club) calendar, the Renaio to Lago Santo walk traces a trail used by shepherds moving their sheep from the low pastures and olive groves around Barga, to the high summer pastures on the slopes of Monte Giovo and Monte Omo.  Seven of us […]

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Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

A wedding with a Scottish flavour in Barga Vecchia. The wedding of Chris and Kev. The Palazzo Pancrazi was full of laughter today for what was the most exuberant and joyful marriage seen in Barga this year.  It all started fairly peaceful enough with the entry of a single piper into the castle.

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La Scozia a Barga concert

Concert this evening in Piazza Salvo Salvi by a group of four musicians from Scotland as part of the "La Scozia a Barga" series of concerts organised by Alex Mosson, the ex Mayor of Glasgow. Christina, Clare and Phil  perfomed a number of songs all under the title of "Scottish Italian French"

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Footballer returns to Barga after 34 years

Terry McGibbbons from Scotland returned to Barga this week after a gap of 34 years. Terry, who's family originally came from Barga, used to visit often during the 60's and 70's. He brought with him a photograph taken in 1964 showing himself as a young man in a football team that played at Pieve Fosciana.