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The annual San Rocco fair

The annual San Rocco fair

The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga.

One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as melons, onions, garlic, sweets, pots and pans to the more exotic articles such as small green iguanas, African drums, silk kimonos and Chinese medicines. At every San Rocco […]

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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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San Rocco – church, bells, market stalls and liscio music

San Rocco – church, bells, market stalls and liscio music

The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga.

Checking through the archives of barganews, we find the following text from over a decade ago: The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga. One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

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 the […]

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San Rocco – church, bells, market stalls and liscio music

San Rocco – church, bells, market stalls and liscio music

Checking through the archives of barganews, we find the following text from a decade ago: The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga. One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as melons, […]

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Sarah and Greg – Barga – USA wedding in San Rocco

Sarah and Greg – Barga – USA wedding in San Rocco

a quiet wedding in Barga but with a lot of history attatched

Back on 2009 a short series of six videos appeared on youtube showing places and people here in Barga (article here) They were placed on the net by an American filmmaker known only by their nickname of “LuchiniMaddox1″. The text with the videos stated ” This series is dedicated in memory of my grandfather, Pietro Luchini, […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

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 the collapse of the Roman Empire to the Second World War, probably none had greater impact on the collective memory than the Black Death. In the brief span of four years, beginning in 1348, the deadliest epidemic in recorded history carried off up to 60 percent […]

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Ferragosto in Barga

Ferragosto in Barga

The traditional festival of San Rocco is generally held to be the end of the summer in Barga.

Next to Christmas, Easter, and New Years Eve, Ferragosto is one of the most celebrated holidays in Italy. The traditional festival of San Rocco is generally held to be the end of the summer in Barga. Of course this is not absolutely true as the sun shines right through August and generally well into September […]

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Music from the 70’s and 80’s in Barga Giardino

Music from the 70’s and 80’s in Barga Giardino

Big changes taking place in Barga Giardino this evening. Normally for the festa of Santa Maria on the 15th of  August and san Rocco on the 16th –  the music has always been rigorously Liscio  with the older generation leading the way with the dancing in the piazza. In fact yesterday for Santa Maria there […]

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La fiera, il culto, le campane di San Rocco

La fiera, il culto, le campane di San Rocco

Per me che non sono propriamente un devoto e che anzi poco sono legato alla fede, lo ammetto, fa un effetto strano ritrovarsi ad essere colpito e ad apprezzare soprattutto il lato più tradizionale e devozionale della fiera di San Rocco. Quello più propriamente legato alla festa del Santo ed alle sue tradizioni. Ma soprattutto […]

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Thousands fill the streets of Barga Giardino for Giovanna and the Antonio Menza Orchestra

Thousands fill the streets of Barga Giardino for Giovanna and the Antonio Menza Orchestra

As we have already published in other articles, the annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga. One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as melons, onions, garlic, sweets, pots and pans […]

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Traditional San Rocco Fair in Barga

Traditional San Rocco Fair in Barga

The annual San Rocco fair brings thousands of people flooding in to Barga. One of the attractions is the street market with hundreds of stalls lining the streets of Barga selling everything from the traditional San Rocco goods such as melons, onions, garlic, sweets, pots and pans to the more exotic articles such as small […]