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Crane finally dismantled

Crane finally dismantled

the skyline above Barga is once more clear

As we have already published articles  – a new school building has been gradually rising in Barga. It seems like the building work has been going on forever but this morning a dramatic change has taken place as the large crane which has been blocking the view up from Barga Vecchia towards Sommacolonia was finally […]

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Did Sgt Davidson leave his name inside the bell?

Did Sgt Davidson leave his name inside the bell?

Campanari - the bell ringers of Barga discover something interesting inside one of the bells

The bell ringers of Barga have all this week been making sure that the whole valley is aware that the holiday for the patron saint of Barga , St. Christopher will be shortly upon us. They have been ringing the bells every day at midday been up in the bell tower of the Duomo in Barga […]

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The Aristodemo’s play Al Palazzo, Sommocolonia

The Aristodemo’s play Al Palazzo, Sommocolonia

Just last month we started writing about Leonardo Nesi  and his project: Al Palazzo , the new agriturismo at Sommocolonia (article here) Leonardo  has renovated and restored what was to all intents and purposes a complete ruin, overgrown and hidden from view and returned it back to its former glory and is now an agriturismo open to […]

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Sommocolonia: Al Palazzo – a serious agriturismo

Sommocolonia: Al Palazzo – a serious agriturismo

Important things are happening in Sommocolonia, the small village just above Barga - events which have a history going back many, many years.

As you can hear in the interview below (in Italiano) with Leonardo Nesi, it has been a long process but finally some very decent results are starting to appear for his project – Al Palazzo. It is not simply just an agriturismo – a place where visitors can come and stay and enjoy the peace […]

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The liberation walk to Sommocolonia

The liberation walk to Sommocolonia

with some members of the Aristodemo's once again providing the sound track for the day

The celebrations for the 25th April took place not just in Barga (article here) but also included for the seventh year running, “the liberation walk” up to Sommocolonia via the old mule track.   A huge participation this year with people almost queing up at one point to go up the track. A fine day with […]

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Sommocolonia: James Pratt visit

Sommocolonia: James Pratt visit

continuing international interest in the events in Sommocolonia during December 26th - 27th 1944

The third official visit to Barga this morning by the Pratt family from the States. James Pratt, an economist from the Cornell University accompanied by his wife Mildred (she too a professor at the Cornell University but this time at Rome) . They were last here in 2015 (article here) and before that in 2010 (article here) Once again […]

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Bernard Moscardini – La Vacanza

Bernard Moscardini – La Vacanza

Presentation today of the Italian version of Bernard Moscardini’s book La Vacanza. The book was first published in English in December 2009 – article here but has now been translated by Sara Moscardini and published by the Cento Lumi group here in Barga  This is the true story of a young boy’s holiday. In May 1940 nine-year-old […]

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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.

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 for the past few years  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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La Battaglia di Natale – Documentario di guerra – Linea Gotica

La Battaglia di Natale – Documentario di guerra – Linea Gotica

presentazione ufficiale del documentario su la battaglia di Sommocolonia, domenica 18 dicembre alle 17, a San micheletto, Lucca

Si tratta di un documentario inedito su una storia dimenticata, la battaglia di Sommocolonia di Barga del 26 – 12 -1944 . il documentario è a cura della Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Lucca, in onda il 25 dicembre alle 21 su Noi Tv. Monsignor Lino Lombardi, religioso intelligente, ancora nel cuore di tanti barghigiani […]

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The Cavallone on the mountains behind Barga

The Cavallone on the mountains behind Barga

Good weather down in Barga as the Cavallone keeps the rain at bay

Clouds over the Appenino mountains to the North behind Barga this afternoon gave a dramatic backdrop to the tiny village of Sommocolonia and as can be seen in the video below the classic “cavallone della tramontana” was occasionally pushing out across the valley in burst of fast moving cloud formations. One of natures spectacular shows […]

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The liberation walk to Sommocolonia

The liberation walk to Sommocolonia

The 25th April is the day that Italy commemorates the liberation of the country by Allied troops in the Second World War.

This year many of the celebrations for the 25th April took place under teeming rain two days ago on the 23rd April  (article here) but this morning  for the fifth year running, “the liberation walk” up to Sommocolonia via the old mule track was in progress, this time under a blue sky and bright sunshine (even if it […]

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Museum Sommocolonia – work in progress

Museum Sommocolonia – work in progress

Latest update on the work in progress for the Museum at Sommocolonia.

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