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Da Aristo’s: mini African marimba and mbira

Da Aristo’s: mini African marimba and mbira

more musical instruments arriving at DA Aristo's in Barga Vecchia, ready to be tried out

For many years on one of the walls in the unofficial cultural centre of Barga, the Da Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia, there have been hanging a collection of musical instruments. People coming in to the bar can pick up the instruments and play. This week two new instruments have arrived and been added to […]

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Barga featured in New Zealand press

Barga featured in New Zealand press

A family holiday in Italy and France avoids the big towns and bright lights and finds the pleasures of rural living and small communities. - article by Kim Chambers

A double page spread in the New Zealand Herald – the largest newspaper circulation of all newspapers in New Zealand, has just been delivered to an extremely pleased Giovanni Togneri from Da Aristo in Piazza Salvo Salvi in Barga Vecchia. The article entitled “It’s the small things that matter” describes the pleasures of visiting small […]

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Four years ago today, Aristodemo played his last tune

Four years ago today, Aristodemo played his last tune

thank you Aristo for all those great memories

From the barganews archives we republish article from 4th October 2010: The news started to filter through the city just after midday today and by three ‘o clock it was no longer a rumour but was now the truth – Aristodemo Casciani who just recently celebrated his 86th year on the planet, died this morning […]

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Jammin’ at Da Aristo’s

sunday afternoon in the piazza at the new revitalised Da Aristo's

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Il Casciani 3.0: Buoni propositi e favorevoli auspici

Il Casciani 3.0: Buoni propositi e favorevoli auspici

L ‘ANIMA DEL COMMERCIO

Just published on the social networks is an open letter/ article with its central point the changing of the guard at Aristo’s  – the famous bar in Barga Vecchia which has been without a doubt the unofficial cultural centre of Barga and run by the Casciani family for three generations which has officially closed its […]

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A change is coming

A change is coming

it has to be the most photographed and documented bar in Barga but there are still angles and corners that need some light shining on them

Aristodemo Casciani had appeared many, many times on barganews – in fact he has his own category here on the site, his own comic strip DA ARISTO here and even a group playing Italian swing from the 30′s, 40′s and 50′s named in his honour – The  Aristodemo’s can be seen and heard here . Aristo actually retired in 2002, passing […]

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The charcoal burners of Barga

The charcoal burners of Barga

a testament to one of the oldest forms of industry in this area

This week back in 2001 we published an article which gradually over the years has aquired much more significance as time has move on and memory of certain events and habits fade. Twelve years ago not many people would have noticed an old plastic fertiliser bag lying on the bench outside Aristodemo’s bar. It was […]

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The DA ARISTO comic is back

The DA ARISTO comic is back

An anonymous comment left on the barganews.com website during the summer of 2007 was part of the catalyst that spawned a new feature on barganews and now which after a gap of a couple of years has once again started to appear on the new site – giornaledibarganews. The comment lamented the fact that according […]

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Barga in Jazz takes to the streets

Barga in Jazz takes to the streets

Per tutti gli appassionati e non solo l’evento più atteso del festival è  “Barga In Jazz” che quest’anno si è svolto oggi, come sempre nelle vie del Centro Storico di Barga. Dalle ore 17:00 jazz in ogni piazzetta del centro storico dove si sono esibiti diversi gruppi. Ecco tutti i gruppi partecipanti: a Porta Reale […]

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The legend that was Aristodemo Casciani is no more

The legend that was Aristodemo Casciani is no more

The news started to filter through the city just after midday today and by three ‘o clock it was no longer a rumour but was now the truth – Aristodemo Casciani who just recently celebrated his 86th year on the planet, died this morning in Barga hospital. He was taken to hospital just a week […]