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Alpini roasting chestnuts in Barga

Alpini roasting chestnuts in Barga

Seemingly very easy to roast chestnuts over an open fire but the Alpini in Barga this weekend show their years of experience in tossing a full pan of chestnuts without dropping a few into the fire.   The Alpini (Italian for “alpines”), are an elite mountain warfare military corps of the Italian Army. They are […]

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The Aristodemos play the Autumn Festa at Da Aristo

The Aristodemos play the Autumn Festa at Da Aristo

swing music and roast chestnuts in Barga Vecchia

On what seemed like a spring day with bright blue sky and high temperatures, the annual Autumn Festa took place this afternoon in Barga Vecchia. The Aristodemos were there to add their touch of swing to the event as chestnuts were roasted over open fires outside Da Aristos. Normally for the Autumn festa there would […]

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Mondine – Roasting chestnuts and mulled wine

Mondine – Roasting chestnuts and mulled wine

The unmistakable smell of wood smoke is once again in the air as dusk arrives and the temperature starts to fall.

It’s that time of year again as the clocks once more are turned back one hour meaning that darkness falls a good deal earlier …. the nights are drawing in. The unmistakable smell of wood smoke is once again in the air as dusk arrives and the temperature starts to fall. In Barga Vecchia, that […]

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San Frediano a Sommocolonia

San Frediano a Sommocolonia

” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano”

Sommocolonia was in festa today for the Festa of San Frediano – their patron saint. There is a phrase used in the area which says ” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano” meaning that snow generally falls on the area during the third week in November but no sign of snow […]

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The Aristodemos play Fiera d’ottobre

The Aristodemos play Fiera d’ottobre

the 9th annual festival of mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles

The Italian swing band, The Aristodemos were this afternoon playing away from their home town of Barga and instead were further up the valley making themselves heard inside the walls of another medieval walled town – this time Castiglione di Garfagnana. They were there for the Autumn festival now in its ninth year with the […]

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Le vie del castagno

Le vie del castagno

Something in Barga which almost flew under the radar this summer is finally making itself noticed – a series of a maps set up in various places around the area featuring chestnuts and a QR code which takes people via their cell phones to a website and an application on  IOS and ANDROID Il progetto “Le vie del […]

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A monument to the wind

A monument to the wind

In March of this year, many inhabitants of Barga spent a sleepless night as winds, according to the local protezione civile gusting up to 150-170 km/h,  ripped through the area. As can be seen in some of the images published that morning (article here) many houses had their roofs damaged and as it became clearer […]

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Necci

Necci

quite simply the Food of Gods

Necci – the simplest of ingredients …. sweet chestnut flour, water and salt mixed into a thick paste and cooked between two hot plates over a flame. Two metal plates, the testi or cotte, are oiled and heated and the chestnut paste is poured onto one of the plates, the other is placed over the […]

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Saturday night in Barga Vecchia

Saturday night in Barga Vecchia

8th November but the weather is still mild enough for people to congregate and socialise outside - just an ordinary Saturday night in Barga Vecchia.

DA PIAZZA DEL COMUNE 9 Novembe La Piazza ha indossato ormai il vestito invernale,un poco smorto nei colori che si ravvivano solo in tarda mattinata quando la raggiunge il sole, se c’è Se pioviggina,il selciato di pietre si lucida e la Piazza sembra più ampia. Ne sono tornati padroni gli impiegati comunali, i negozianti che […]

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Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

A day to savour the joys of a vibrant working community.

Sunday was the first roast chestnut event this Autumn held outside Aristo’s bar in Piazza Salvo Salvi – and once again, a perfect example of the community in action, and why we are so lucky to be able to live here. Seemingly out of nowhere, without a huge amount of organisation, wood for the fire […]

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4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

This year the 4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy was won once again for the second year running by the women from the Altana - with Manuela and Tiziana coming in second and third.

The fourth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here  and 2012 is here ) In 2010 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 […]

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Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

no smoke, no fire ?

Necci, mondine and vin brulè  on the Fosso this weekend thanks to the sterling work of the  A.S. Barga who every year at this time set up their stall, kitchens and fires and fill the autumn air with the smell of roasting chestnuts. As they are roasting for a large amount of people they have […]

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