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Work starts on the Tower in Sommocolonia

Work starts on the Tower in Sommocolonia

Workman are now working on removing the many tons of rubble, soil and rocks from the base of the ruins of the tower in Sommocolonia. The project is intended to rebuilt part of the tower using those rocks and finally to construct a building to house the museum “Sala della Memoria” The Romans built the […]

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“Every garment tells a story”

“Every garment tells a story”

A Kerry Bell exhibition at the Oxo Collection Gallery in Barga Vecchia - review by Frank Viviano

At the age of twelve, Kerry Bell fell in love with clothing. Not fashion, although the designing of women’s garments became her life’s work, but the dizzying possibilities of clothing in general. Its aesthetic, its affective resonance, its metaphorical depth. Clothing itself, she came to believe, wore many guises, some of them overt and others […]

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The Black Death in Europe and San Rocco

The Black Death in Europe and San Rocco

As Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role.

Ironically, as Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from […]

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Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

The impact of Brexit is not a distant abstraction for Barga. Its ties to Scotland are powerful, rooted in extensive immigration dating back to the 19th century, and more recently to strong economic links based on tourism. A good example of those ties was yesterday as two people were in Barga enjoying the sun and the […]

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The Oxo Gallery’s enigmatic inaugural event

The Oxo Gallery’s enigmatic inaugural event

Il viaggio infinito

What is the role of art and artists in community life? Is it spiritual, aesthetic or intellectual ? Or is it an undefinable union of passion and thought, a complex ballet that bears no name but subtly makes the world go ‘round. These and countless other unanswerable questions were the subtext to Friday evening’s gathering […]

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The agonising debate over a high-tech incinerator in Fornaci

The agonising debate over a high-tech incinerator in Fornaci

article by Frank Viviano

The deadline is fast approaching for one of the most controversial — and agonising — challenges in the Serchio Valley since World War Two. Sometime in the next several months, a decision could be reached on the fate of an immense waste incinerator proposed for the industrial zone of Fornaci di Barga. At stake in […]

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The Da Aristo comic strip

The Da Aristo comic strip

words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane

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The Da Aristo comic strip

The Da Aristo comic strip

words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane

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The Da Aristo comic strip

The Da Aristo comic strip

words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

article by Frank Viviano

Ironically, as Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from […]

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Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

exhibition open in Barga Vecchia at her studio at Porta Reale for just one day - 14th May 2017

“Scampoli,” an exhibition of works by the remarkable painter Giorgia Madiai now underway in Barga Vecchia, is a mesmerizing inquiry into the most volatile realm of human interaction: speech itself. To walk into Madiai’s studio in Via Pretorio, the mostra’s setting, is to be carried along on a silent yet deafening tsunami of shouts and […]

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The Wine Glasses of Barga

The Wine Glasses of Barga

Works by Keane and Tiziana Fontana - article by Frank Viviano

A unframed collage of simple bistro glasses stands in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, Barga’s municipal hall. Tinted with red wine, they look unprepossessing at first glance. But their nuances chronicle a moving history of the town — and beyond that, of the larger peasant world that is its evocative setting. “This is where Barga […]

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