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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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La Campana in memoria dei defunti

La Campana in memoria dei defunti

al tramonto, vigilia della commemorazione dei defunti, suonerà il campanile del Duomo. Prima la campana grossa a distesa poi seguiranno i rintocchi gravi delle tre campane.

With a thin silver of the moon visible  and the planet Venus starting to shine over the mountains in the distance outside of the open window, the two experienced bell ringers start to move the heavy centuries old bell in the Duomo above Barga as they celebrate the commemorazione di tutti i fedeli defunti ( Commemoratio Omnium Fidelium Defunctorum ) […]

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Experts checking leaking walls in the Duomo

Experts checking leaking walls in the Duomo

Technicians were busy this week 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 on the inside of the […]

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A Choral Feast At Barga

A Choral Feast At Barga

The choral concert at Barga’s Duomo di San Cristoforo last Friday at 9.00 pm was organised by the Istituto Superiore d’Istruzione di Barga to raise funds for Amnesty International and was, thankfully, very well attended. Four local choirs participated – each one very different in style and repertoire. Roberta Popolani directed the choir of Barga […]

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