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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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Da Aristo: Spring mondine and music

Da Aristo: Spring mondine and music

Mondine - roast chestnuts and music this weekend at the unofficial cultural centre of Barga - Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia.

It’s still chilly at night but the spring weather seems to have arrived in this area with warming sunshine during the day. People are starting to appear in the piazzas again after the long winter and this weekend at Da Aristo’s there was something different in the air. There was the unmistakable smell of wood […]

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A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

Necci - quite simply the Food of Gods

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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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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The Aristodemos play Camporgiano

The Aristodemos play Camporgiano

mondine, vin brulè , necci, polenta e ossi festival in Garfagnana

The Piazza San Giacomo in Camporgiano, Garfagnana was the location today as the mild December weather continued allowing the Aristodemos to perform out in the piazza at a festival dedicated to some serious eating and drinking Garfagnana style. Salty pigs bones and sweet chestnut polenta, roast chestnuts and mulled wine     Some of 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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A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè  on the Fosso

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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Mondine, sizzling sausages and live music in Barga Vecchia

Mondine, sizzling sausages and live music in Barga Vecchia

once again it was time to get the fires lit in barga vecchia

Mondine, roast chestnuts, music and the smell of cooking sausages on an open fire this weekend at the unofficial cultural centre of Barga -Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia. The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia during the autumn months sit outside the bar in the piazza and roast chestnuts 2 or 3 times a […]

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Mondine, roast chestnuts, music and art

Mondine, roast chestnuts, music and art

its that time of year again

Mondine, roast chestnuts, music and art this weekend at the unofficial cultural centre of Barga -Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia. The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia during the autumn months sit outside the bar in the piazza and roast chestnuts 2 or 3 times a year. It is a time for all the […]

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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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A wet Festa della Castagna at Careggine

A wet Festa della Castagna at Careggine

An incredible exhibition featuring birds of prey organised by the Falconieri della Versilia and the musical "cherry on the cake" so to speak - a concert by the Aristodemo's with their unmistakable mix of 1940s and 50s Italian swing music.

Well on paper it looked as though it was going to be a pretty exciting festa up at Careggine in Garfagnana. Hundreds of motorcyclists were there as part of the sixth Motocavalcata della Castagna. There was also a “via dei Vini” exhibition and tasting of quality wine from various vineyards in Tuscany. Numerous stalls featuring […]