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A day out for the Akita dogs in Barga

A day out for the Akita dogs in Barga

Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. In their native land, they are venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life

17 Akita dogs visited Barga this morning, all born in Barga and ranging from 3 months old to 3 years old. They visited Barga Vecchia and of course found their way up to the high point of the city – the Duomo with their guide, Marco Rocchiccioli. Marco Rocchiccioli from  the Casa dell’Akita – Loc. […]

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Tree trimming at the Duomo

Tree trimming at the Duomo

The four leccio – holm oaks, an evergreen southern European oak, with dark green glossy leaves, growing in piazza Beato Michele just below the Duomo have not been trimmed for many years. Once upon a time they were trimmed into round shapes but not recently – as so they have grown to the point of […]

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Bell ringers – Doppio dell’Immacolata

Bell ringers – Doppio dell’Immacolata

Il primato spetta alla "Maria", la campana piccola del 1580, che suonerà il suo 437° doppio. Seguono staccate le altre 2 campane, la "Concetta" chiamata così in onore dell'Immacolata Concezione e la "S. Cristoforo", Patrono di Barga.

The traditional religious festival of the Immaculate Conception, held every year on the eighth of December would not be complete in Barga without the sound of the bells in the Duomo ringing out over the city for one solid hour the night before on the 7th December – the  so called “Doppio dell’Immacolata”  and tonight […]

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The Blue Duomo for World Diabetes Day

The Blue Duomo for World Diabetes Day

More than 60 countries adhere to this campaign and it was decided that, on this date, many monuments in the world would be illuminated in blue as a sign of hope for the people who live with this disease and those who they are at risk of developing the disease itself

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on 14 November each year. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes; type-2 diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide. […]

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Winter sunlight on the huge wooden statue of St. Christopher

Winter sunlight on the huge wooden statue of St. Christopher

If conditions are right as the sun passes through the open door of the Duomo, it shines right down to the far end and lights up the enormous wooden statue of the saint, which then glows in the darkened space of the Cathedral.

If the conditions are right and you are in the right place at the right time, it is possible twice a year, on the 11th – 12th November and the 30th – 31st January to see the doppio tramonto – the double sunset viewed from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia. It does not happen […]

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Flag raised over Barga

Flag raised over Barga

blue and white background with an image of the patron saint of Barga – San Cristofero

As we move into the final week before the celebrations for the patron saint of Barga – San Cristofero, the sound of the bells of Barga ringing out over the city become more insistent. This morning there was a brief ceremony on top of the bell tower of the Duomo as the blue flag of […]

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The Duomo bench is back

The Duomo bench is back

all is well in the world again

On the 16th of April we published an article with the title : So where is the bench outside the Duomo? – something has been missing for the past couple of days. Today that question was answered as an Ape rolled up at the Duomo and two men unloaded a completely renovated Duomo Bench complete with […]

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So where is the bench outside the Duomo?

So where is the bench outside the Duomo?

something has been missing for the past couple of days

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Crowds at the Duomo for the Blood Moon

Crowds at the Duomo for the Blood Moon

some low clouds meant that sometimes the moon was partially obscured but overall it was a fine night for the once in a century event

The total eclipse is expected to last a record-breaking one hour and 43 minutes, seen in Italy from 21:30, when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth and turns red, until 23:13, when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance. The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna […]

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The Duomo

The Duomo

It is well worth the effort to climb up the steep steps to the Aringo. This large open space, with its magnificent view at the highest point of the Barga hill (also known as the Romeccio hill), is the place where people gathered in the past to govern and to administer justice protected by its […]

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OperaBarga: Vivaldi in the Duomo

OperaBarga:  Vivaldi in the Duomo

Duomo di Barga - Concerto di apertura "In Furore Iustissimae Irae" - Antonio Vivaldi - soprano, Nicki Kennedy - direttore, Federico Maria Sardelli - Ensemble Modo Antiquo

Concerto in do maggiore per archi e basso continuo – RV 114 (1717) 1. Allegro (do maggiore) 2. Adagio (do maggiore) 3. Ciaccona (do maggiore) In furore iustissimae irae – RV 626 (1720-1735) 1. In furore iustissimae irae – Allegro (do minore) Aria per soprano, archi e basso continuo 2. Miserationum Pater piissime Recitativo per […]

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Work starts to repair leaking walls in the Duomo

Work starts to repair leaking walls in the Duomo

Back in August of last year, technicians were busy at work checking the walls of the centuries old Duomo here in Barga trying to find out the exact location of a hole or crack somewhere on the front wall which was allowing rainwater to seep into the stonework causing damp patches and even forming large puddles […]

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