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The Aristodemo’s: Festival d’Autunno, La Piazza del Ciocco

The Aristodemo’s: Festival d’Autunno, La Piazza del Ciocco

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Renato Marcianò on double bass, Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar)

Once again the rain played an important part in this weekends Autumn Festival up at the  Piazza del Ciocco, just above Barga. The Aristodemo’s had just set up their equipment and done their sound check …. and for the second year running, down came the rain. It did not stop the music though, they simply […]

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Last of the Autumn light across Barga?

Last of the Autumn light across Barga?

Bad weather is forecast to hit this area in the next couple of days but for the moment unseasonal warm weather is still with us. As can be seen in one of the images, that warm weather has meant that some trees are actually sporting new green leaves, maybe they think that it really is […]

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Autumn colours in Barga

Autumn colours in Barga

I colori dell' autunno

Just a small selection of images featuring the incredible Autumn colours surrounding Barga this week

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The Autumn is here – time to stack the wood

The Autumn is here – time to stack the wood

some smart manoeuvring with just millimetres to spare

The leaves are starting to change, the clocks have gone back and the nights are definitely drawing in so maybe its time to start thinking about the coming winter? According to many sources on the internet, we are in for an exceptionally cold winter so its time to get the wood in. A combination of […]

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Swallows gathering

Swallows gathering

The swallows and swifts in Barga are an annual feast visually and aurally with their coming heralding the arrival of spring and their leaving for the warmer climes of far away Africa, the rather dismal foretelling of the approaching winter.

The seasons keep on moving round. The air in Barga Vecchia now has the faint tinge of wood smoke as one or two wood stoves are fired up for the first time this autumn. Heavier jackets can be seen on the streets – not worn by the visitors it has to be said, as they […]

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Images from the last days of Autumn 2013

Images from the last days of Autumn 2013

If the weather forecasters have done their job correctly it looks as though the winter is on the way - the last days of the autumn are just about to come to an end.

All the forecast today are for cold weather just about to hit us and the end of the autumn which has been overall a very mild, wet season. That is just about to come to an end as there is snow forecast on the mountains around Barga down to maybe 600 metres. So it seems […]

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Autumn light in Castiglione Garfagnana

Autumn light in Castiglione Garfagnana

Castiglione di Garfagnana is a medieval walled town and comune of 1,878 inhabitants in the province of Lucca. It sits on a hillside above the river Esarulo, a tributary of the Serchio. The town is renowned for the band Filarmonica Alpina, founded in 1858 with the name of Fanfara popolare. The origin of the town […]