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Festa San Frediano a Sommocolonia

Festa San Frediano a Sommocolonia

” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano”

Sommocolonia was in festa today for the Festa of San Frediano – their patron saint. There is a phrase used in the area which says ” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano” meaning that snow generally falls on the area during the third week in November and that is more or […]

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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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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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Necci

Necci

quite simply the Food of Gods

Necci – the simplest of ingredients …. sweet chestnut flour, water and salt mixed into a thick paste and cooked between two hot plates over a flame. Two metal plates, the testi or cotte, are oiled and heated and the chestnut paste is poured onto one of the plates, the other is placed over 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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Casa Fontana celebrates its first decade

Casa Fontana celebrates its first decade

The first bed and breakfast in Barga, Casa Fontana opened its door to its guests in 2004. Since then Casa Fontana has pioneered the way for many other bed and breakfast establishments in this area to follow in their footsteps. Over the past ten years they have also won many awards for their “hands on” […]

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Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

A day to savour the joys of a vibrant working community.

Sunday was the first roast chestnut event this Autumn held outside Aristo’s bar in Piazza Salvo Salvi – and once again, a perfect example of the community in action, and why we are so lucky to be able to live here. Seemingly out of nowhere, without a huge amount of organisation, wood for the fire […]

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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 […]

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Necci e Frittelle con la Befana

Necci e Frittelle con la Befana

Cinque castagnate in altrettante località e un mercatino dell’antiquariato, aggiunti a una frizzante tramontana, non erano certo buoni presupposti perché la festa “Autunno in festa” organizzato a Pegnana fosse preso d’assalto, ma la Befana e i membri dell’associazione “Perché la tradizione ritorni  – la Befana” non si sono persi d’animo, e presso la casina della […]

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Necci – quite simply the Food of Gods

Necci – the simplest of ingredients …. sweet chestnut flour, water and salt mixed into a thick paste and cooked between two hot plates over a flame. Two metal plates, the testi or cotte, are oiled and heated and the chestnut paste is poured onto one of the plates, the other is placed over the […]