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Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the middle of winter'.

Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno” – For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we […]

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The days of the blackbird – I giorni della merla

The days of the blackbird – I giorni della merla

legend has it that the weather is so cold during the last three days of January that the white birds that take shelter in the chimney tops emerge black from soot.

The last days of January are known as “days of the blackbird” in Italy, denoting the coldest days of the year. In some cities, it’s called i tre giorni della merla, or the three days of the blackbird. There are numerous versions of the legend behind it, and here are just two: Story one – […]

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La Befana and Befanotti out and about in Barga

La Befana and Befanotti out and about in Barga

there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night

Befanotti All eyes were on the weather forecast for the evening when the Befanotti come down from the mountains for their traditional meeting and singing in Barga Vecchia …. did it happen? … and the answer was, a resounding YES … there were three main groups of Befana and Befanotti moving through the city last […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga on her broomstick

La Befana arrives in Barga on her broomstick

Italy’s traditional celebration includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2017

Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2017

The origins of this ceremony have long since been lost but probably dates back to a pagan rite to the god Mitra

Palio dei Natalecci; every year on the 24th December the night sky in certain parts of Garfagnana is lit up with large fires. These are the Natalecci. Huge circular towers, often 10 to 15 metres tall and sometimes even as high as 20 metres, made up of trees and covered with branches of juniper which […]

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Presepe Vivente 2017 – the arrival of the Madonna

Presepe Vivente 2017 – the arrival of the Madonna

Eventually they make their way up to the Duomo where in a stable, miracle of miracles, a live baby appears in the arms of Mary followed moments later by the arrival of three Kings arriving bearing gifts just as a rocket is fired up into the night sky.

The gradually evolving form of the event goes under the blanket description of “tradition” and is therefore a difficult animal to pin down but once again for the 37th time, the annual event in Barga took place in Barga this evening The Presepe Vivente is one of those traditional events which happen in Barga once […]

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Winter food – Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale

Winter food – Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale

It has to be said that it is not a pretty looking dish but the combination of highly salted bones and sweet chestnut is something to be savoured.

There is fresh snow on mountain peaks surrounding the city and more maybe forecast for Sunday so what about some serious food to keep all those thoughts of a freezing winter at bay ? What could be better than that classic dish for this time of year; Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale – […]

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Tradizionale “doppio” dell’Immacolata

Tradizionale “doppio” dell’Immacolata

Stasera 7 dicembre, come ogni anno, alle ore 21,00 e per un'ora, si staccheranno dal campanile del Duomo di Barga i tocchi del Doppio in omaggio alla Madonna del Molino, sin dal 1512 nel Duomo e da allora legata al culto della Concezione. Il primato spetta alla "Maria", la campana piccola del 1580, seguono staccate le altre 2 campane, la "Concetta" chiamata così in onore dell'Immacolata Concezione e la "S. Cristoforo", Patrono di Barga.

The traditional religious festival of the Immaculate Conception, held every year on the eighth of December would not be complete in Barga without the sound of the bells in the Duomo ringing out over the city the night before for one solid hour – the so called “Doppio dell’Immacolata” and tonight was no exception. From […]

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Festa San Frediano a Sommocolonia

Festa San Frediano a Sommocolonia

” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano”

Sommocolonia was in festa today for the Festa of San Frediano – their patron saint. There is a phrase used in the area which says ” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano” meaning that snow generally falls on the area during the third week in November and that is more or […]

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NO Double sunset – doppio tramonto

NO Double sunset – doppio tramonto

If the conditions are right and you are in the right place at the right time, it is possible twice a year, on the 11th – 12th November and the 30th – 31st January to see the doppio tramonto – the double sunset viewed from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia.

The double sunset from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia.This is when the sun drops down behind the mountains and then shines through the natural arch of the Monte Forato. Monte Forato is a mountain in the Apuan Alps  which has two peaks of similar height and size, little more than 1.200 mts  but the […]

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The annual San Rocco fair

The annual San Rocco fair

The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga.

One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as melons, onions, garlic, sweets, pots and pans to the more exotic articles such as small green iguanas, African drums, silk kimonos and Chinese medicines. At every San Rocco […]

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Procession Perdono di Assisi 2017

Procession Perdono di Assisi 2017

The following is the text that has been used on barganews since 2003 to describe the events that take place during the procession Perdono di Assisi every 2nd August

The following is the text that has been used on barganews since 2003 to describe the events that take place during the procession Perdono di Assisi every 2nd August. In keeping with this tradition we have used the same words this year to describe the event as basically nothing has changed. The tradition continues. It’s […]

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