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Singer, songwriter and poet, Ian Bland in Barga

Singer, songwriter and poet, Ian Bland in Barga

This week there has been a visitor to Barga who arrived from the other side of the world with his family to spend a few days here but they enjoyed themselves so much that they extended their holiday to 10 days before they reluctantly moved on. Melbourne’s celebrated singer, songwriter and poet, Ian Bland and family […]

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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 Aristodemo’s back in rehearsals for spring relaunch

The Aristodemo’s back in rehearsals for spring relaunch

There have been rumours floating around the Piazza for the past few weeks but today those rumours now become fact:  shock,  horror,  probe –  the Aristodemo’s  have decided to call it a day after putting their version of Italian swing from the 30s, 40s and 50s in front of many thousands of people over the […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Nicolao and Aristo duet – the one that (almost) got away

Nicolao and Aristo duet – the one that (almost) got away

Looking back through the archives of barganews at all the events that took place this summer, one or two stood out as being of interest but for one reason or another were never published. These are "the ones that got away" - so how about publishing one or two before the cold weather really does start to take hold and images of Barga during the summer months would look seriously out of place.

During the night between Saturday and Sunday the clocks go back an hour in Italy. This morning the temperature dropped below freezing for the first time this season and so yes, we are definitely without any shadow of a doubt, well on our way into the winter season. This means that the events in daily […]

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Luciana and Aristo celebrate 60 years of marriage

The divorce rate in  Italy catapulted 74 percent between 1995 and 2005, according to a study by the national statistics* institute. In 1995, 158 of 1,000 married couples were separated and 80 were divorced. A decade later, the figures had jumped to 272 separations and 151 divorces. But it still had a long way to catch […]