There is snow on the ground once again around Barga as we move out of January and into February, traditionally the coldest months of the year in this area but there is always some warmth to be found in Barga Vecchia at Aristo’s. It has to be said that there are very few people around at the moment but there is always Giuliano Nardi and his fisarmonica to liven up those chilly afternoons.
The accordion is a portable box-shaped musical instrument of the hand-held bellows-driven free-reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist.
It is played by compressing or expanding a bellows whilst pressing buttons or keys, causing valves, called pallets, to open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds, that vibrate to produce sound inside the body.
The instrument is sometimes considered a one-man-band as it needs no accompanying instrument. The performer normally plays the melody on buttons or keys on the right-hand manual, and the accompaniment — consisting of bass and pre-set chord buttons — on the left-hand manual. – source