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25th April – Liberation day in Barga

25th April – Liberation day in Barga

The 25th April is the day that Italy commemorates the liberation of the country by Allied troops in the Second World War.

Today in Barga was held the 72nd annual 25th April celebrations to commemorate the liberation of the country by Allied troops in the Second World War. The holiday is meant to honour all those who died during the war, from soldiers fighting overseas to civilian victims of Allied bombings and atrocities committed during Nazi Germany’s bitter retreat […]

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First Traditional Spring Cleaning Festa

First Traditional Spring Cleaning Festa

could it be that the full face hipster beard is a thing of the past ?

For the past 25 years or so Keane has grown a beard during the winter and shaved it off each Easter. According to him, it is a tradition to celebrate the rebirth or the renewal once the spring arrives. Strangely enough what was essentially a private event has over the years become almost a public […]

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Processione di Gesù Morto – “Via della Croce”

Processione di Gesù Morto – “Via della Croce”

candle light procession through Barga Vecchia

Good Friday in Barga is celebrated every 5 years with the procession of Gesù Morto – the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This year there have been some changes to the event so that the traditional candlelight procession around the walls of the city has been replaced by the “Via della Croce” following the […]

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Quarantore: Traditional egg rolling and more

Quarantore: Traditional egg rolling and more

The ancient art of rolling decorated eggs down an incline which was revitalised in Barga during 2012, has become a traditional annual event in Barga Giardino as part of the festivities to celebrate the Quarantore di Barga.

Going somewhat against the trend but judging by the amount of children visibly enjoying themselves this afternoon, it would appear that the time for digital games is over. The backlash has begun? Children sitting huddled over their computers or cell phones not talking with each other in the real word but instead communicating in the […]

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Carnival – Baccanale 2017

Carnival – Baccanale 2017

Torna il BACCANALE tradizionale appuntamento Barghigiano per festeggiare il carnevale.

25th February and it’s carnival time in Barga. This afternoon the streets of Barga were full of masked figures running around having a very noisy good time … and most of these figures seemed to be under 1 meter 20 tall .. yep, its Carnevalino dei bambini – Carnival for small children. The streets are […]

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Carnival in Barga – restaurants full

Carnival in Barga – restaurants full

25th February and it carnival time in Barga. This afternoon the streets of Barga were full of masked figures running around having a very noisy good time … and most of these figures seemed to be under 1 meter 20 tall .. yep, its Carnevalino dei bambini – Carnival for small children. The streets are […]

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Kids carnival in Barga

Kids carnival in Barga

Carnevale - carnival (often spelled Carnaval) the festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party.

25th February and it carnival time in Barga. This afternoon the streets of Barga were full of masked figures running around having a very noisy good time … and most of these figures seemed to be under 1 meter 20 tall .. yep, its Carnevalino dei bambini – Carnival for small children. The streets are […]

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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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I giorni della merla – The days of the blackbird

I giorni della merla – The days of the blackbird

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: Long, long ago […]

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La Befana and Befanotti

La Befana and Befanotti

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

Befanotti It was a bitterly cold wind all day coming down from the snow covered mountains to the North of the city and so 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 …. would it happen? […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana arrives in Barga

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

Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci

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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