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10th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

10th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Paolo Casci, 2nd - Brunella L. di San Miniato, 3rd - Elena Biagiotti

The tenth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011   2012  2013, 2014  2015  2016  2017  2018 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. […]

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Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the middle of winter'.

Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno” – For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we […]

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Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the middle of winter'.

Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno” – For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we […]

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Oral History – memory as a creative expression

Oral History – memory as a creative expression

The Oral History project is an attempt to extract as much information from images from the past

One of the great characters of Barga Vecchia, Natale Bertolini died in 2013  after a long illness. He had often appeared on these pages – back in 2007 for his 80th birthday celebrations – here, and of course any event involving chestnuts.  Natale Bertolini, was the maestro of all things chestnut, such as his famous Castagnaccio […]

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Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

2nd February - So what is the connection between these symbolic religious celebrations and the weather?

Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno” – For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we […]

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One of the great story tellers, Natale Bertolini is no more.

One of the great story tellers, Natale Bertolini is no more.

One of the great characters of Barga Vecchia, Natale Bertolini died last month after a long illness. He has often appeared on these pages – back in 2007 for his 80th birthday celebrations – here, and of course any event involving chestnuts.  Natale Bertolini, was the maestro of all things chestnut, such as his famous […]