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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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Sommocolonia: 26th December 1944

Sommocolonia: 26th December 1944

During World War II on the 26th December 1944 Sommocolonia was the scene of Operation Wintergewitter-Temporale d’Inverno , a limited offensive conduct on the Gothic Line by Axis forces against US troops (92nd Division Buffalo ) supported by the partisans of the area XI.

Every year on the 26th December commemorations are held in Sommocolonia to remember the events there during the second world war. Don Stefano held the mass in the San Frediano church and  three wreaths were laid  to commemorate the people who died during December 1944. The first was laid just above Sommocolonia at the Memorial to […]

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26th December 1944 – Sommocolonia

26th December 1944 – Sommocolonia

of the 95 American and Italian Partisan defenders of Sommocolonia, 18 made it alive to U.S. Fifth Army lines.

Boxing Day morning in Sommocolonia and this year once again for the Alpini and all present, the terrible freezing north east wind which  three years ago froze everybody rigid, was back with a vengeance and made life very unpleasant for a while. The small crowd in Sommocolonia this morning therefore celebrated the events of December 26, […]

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Kickstarter – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) Documentary

Kickstarter – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) Documentary

Ivan J. Houston is returning to Italy in September, 2013. Please help us tell his touching heroic story of war and liberation in WWII.

The numbers are not looking that good for a kickstarter project for a documentary film  – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) to be filmed here in this area later on this year. They have only managed to raise a mere $8000 of the total needed – $73,000 and with only 8 days left in which to do […]

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Sommocolonia, Natale 1944: la Battaglia che fermò l’avanzata alleata

Sommocolonia, Natale 1944: la Battaglia che fermò l’avanzata alleata

Come ogni anno, ieri mattina, nel piccolo paese di Sommocolonia  si è tenuta la Santa Messa e la deposizione di una corona d’alloro al locale monumento ai caduti. Una cerimonia semplice ma partecipata e sentita. Qui, per ricordare quel triste giorno, è nato da pochi anni un Museo oggetto, come del resto il paese tutto […]

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Venerdì tornerà a Barga Ivan J. Houston pluridecorato reduce della “Buffalo”

Venerdì tornerà a Barga Ivan J. Houston pluridecorato reduce della “Buffalo”

Come vi avevamo annunciato qualche settimana fa, nei prossimi giorni, tornerà nella nostra Valle un reduce della 92°Divisione Buffalo: Ivan J. Houston brillante uomo di finanza in pensione. Ricco e intenso il programma: Houston arriverà, assieme ai suoi familiari, mercoledì pomeriggio, alle ore 15, presso “Villa La Dogana” a Cerasomma di Lucca dove verrà accolto […]

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Il paesaggio toscano e la musica (ma anche la storia) nell’arte di Michele Lovi

Il paesaggio toscano e la musica (ma anche la storia) nell’arte di Michele Lovi

Si intitola “Appunti e note. Il paesaggio e la musica” la terza mostra barghigiana dell’artista Michele Lovi che è tornato a Barga con una interessante e pregevole serie di opere ispirate dai paesaggi toscani ed anche, ed insieme, dalla musica. Una decina di queste sono ispirate infatti dalle canzoni di Francesco Guccini, mentre altre ritraggono, […]

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25th April – Liberation day

25th April – Liberation day

The 25th April is the day that Italy commemorates the liberation of the country by Allied troops in the Second World War. The holiday is meant to honour all those who died during the war, from soldiers fighting overseas to civilian victims of Allied bombings and atrocities committed during Nazi Germany’s bitter retreat from its […]

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26th December – Commemoration in Sommocolonia

26th December – Commemoration in Sommocolonia

Boxing Day morning in Sommocolonia and this year luckily for the Alpini, the “Gaetano Luporini” Barga Band and all present, the terrible freezing north east wind which at  last years event froze everybody rigid, this year was instead replaced by bright sunny weather with glorious views right across the valley. A large crowd in Sommocolonia […]

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26th December 1944 – Sommocolonia

Boxing Day morning in Sommocolonia  and as a bitterly cold north eastern wind howls down from the snow-covered mountains, the “Gaetano Luporini” Barga Band try to keep themselves and their instruments warm and the music flowing as the village celebrates the events of December 26, 1944.   After  Don Stefano had said the mass in the  […]

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La Vacanza – Bernard Moscardini

This is the true story of a young boy’s holiday. In May 1940 nine-year-old Bernard Moscardini and his mother set off from Bedlington, Northumberland for a summer holiday in the tiny mountain village of Sommocolonia in Northern Tuscany. Soon after their arrival Benito Mussolini declares war on Britain and France, and Bernard’s mother frantically attempts […]

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Visit by soldiers from USA

L’amicizia fra Barga e gli Stati Uniti nel nome del ricordo e della memoria. Oggi un gruppo di soldati di Camp Darby accompagnati dal decano dei sottoufficiali, CSM Felix Rodriguez, è stato in visita a Sommocolonia, una visita ai luoghi che sono stati teatro della battaglia del 26 dicembre 1944 quando i soldati della 92^ […]