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Barga – the quintessential Italy

Barga – the quintessential Italy

photoshoot at Aristo's in Barga Vecchia

Lots of movement and music in Barga Vecchia this morning – the morning after the Live in Barga festa. You would have thought that the city would be sleeping it off and getting a good lie in after a grueling 10 festival. Instead it was MUSIC LIGHTS ACTION outside Aristo’s bar as a troupe from […]

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Arrivederci Italia, Old Friend

Arrivederci Italia, Old Friend

The following just popped up on the net. It is republished here in full as the man has a way with words and has a clear understanding of just what it means to spend time in Barga. Lots of people say they’d like to take a break from work. But precious few do. This site […]

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RAI radio – m’illumino di meno, theme tune results

RAI radio – m’illumino di meno, theme tune results

17th February is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy when people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. The campaign was launched by the Italian radio programme Caterpillar in 2005 and seeks to reduce private and public energy use. […]

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A new theme song for RAI radio programme – m’illumino di meno

A new theme song for RAI radio programme – m’illumino di meno

17th February is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy when people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. The campaign was launched by the Italian radio programme Caterpillar in 2005 and seeks to reduce private and public energy use. […]

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Geoff, still rocking almost half a century later

Geoff, still rocking almost half a century later

Last month we published an article entitled, “Mondine, music, sausages and Christmas decorations” — now what kind of title to an article was that ? The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia during the autumn months sit outside the bar in the piazza and roast chestnuts 2 or 3 times a year. It is […]

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2nd annual castagnaccio contest

2nd annual castagnaccio contest

The second annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this afternoon (the first contest last year can be seen here)  A year ago there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Twelve months […]

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Calvin Laing exhibiting work at Aristo’s

Calvin Laing exhibiting work at Aristo’s

Generally to describe an exhibition or art work as “interesting” is to damn it with faint praise. It is almost the default adjective to use when commentators can think of no other BUT the work from the Scottish artist Calvin Laing now on show at Aristo’s bar – Barga’s unofficial cultural centre in Barga Vecchia, […]

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Piazza Salvi in Barga Vecchia for sale?

Piazza Salvi in Barga Vecchia for sale?

Is it possible that a complete piazza with a commercial history going back more than 500 years in the historic centre of Barga could be up for sale? The title for this article has a question mark at the end of it as for the moment just what the future holds for Piazza Salvi is […]

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Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue in Barga

Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue in Barga

Ricky Ross,  the Scottish broadcaster and singer-songwriter – most famously for his work with the rock band, Deacon Blue based in Glasgow, Scotland was in Barga this week relaxing with his wife and joint member of Deacon Blue, Lorraine McIntosh. Deacon Blue was according to many people the best band to come out of Scotland […]

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Strike outside Aristo’s in Barga Vecchia

Strike outside Aristo’s in Barga Vecchia

There was already a good deal of polemic earlier on this week about Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia being shut during July (article here) The bar which is universally recognised as the unofficial cultural centre for the city, with many visitors to Barga making the bar their first port of call has been closed for […]

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Tuscan Capers – a rail trail round northern Tuscany

Tuscan Capers – a rail trail round northern Tuscany

A new book has just appeared in the local bookshops,  entitled Tuscan Capers  and is the latest work from the writer, George Tabor.  From the back cover we can read the following: A wide ranging saga of little known parts of northern Tuscany on a round trip by rail from Pisa.  This journey through history […]

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Musicians outside Aristos celebrate Easter

Musicians outside Aristos celebrate Easter

Aristodemo Casciani died last year, leaving Barga a much poorer place for his passing but his spirit still lives on loud and proud in Barga Vecchia.  Aristo was the rock on which Barga Vecchia depended upon and his bar was the unofficial cultural centre of Barga where even today it is still know as Aristo’s […]