The luxury B&B Acchiappasogni of Walter Tognocchi opened in July 2012 containing three luxury apartments carved out of one of the centuries-old buildings in the historic centre of Barga
We wrote then in an article (here) that Acchiappasogni was a surprising mix of high technology and traditional materials with top of the range air conditioning, subtle and hidden lighting, flatscreen TVs with Internet access playing off against centuries-old stonework and doorways plus an attention to detail rarely seen in this area.
The luxury B&B just took another technological step forward this week as technicians and photographers from Google have now added Acchiappasogni to Google street maps enabling visitors a complete virtual tour inside the building.
According to Google, their Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. They go on to say “You can check out restaurants, visit neighbourhood, or plan your next trip.” BUT so far they have only passed around the outside of the city walls (article here) now for the first time they have come inside the walls and started to explore Barga Vecchia.
Virtual tour of the luxury B&B Acchiappasogni here
”One evening – it was an enchanting evening indeed – I was having a delicious dinner in the restaurant “Scacciaguai”. My friends Riccardo, Chiara and Nicola, the restaurateurs, told me almost by chance that the rooms on the first floor were for sale. Maybe the good wine has to be blamed for that, or maybe the beautiful moon that shone so bright and near, as to kiss the Apuan mountains… Perhaps it was simply destiny: so that night I decided to leave a piece of myself right here, where I had always found the best and the most beautiful ever. If the restaurant on the ground floor had the skill to chase the troubles (that’s the Italian meaning of Scacciaguai), I could nothing but call my project Acchiappasogni Dream-catcher: the opportunity to have as a guest other travellers like me filled me with joy. These rooms have the names of the lights, the lights of the dreams and their frame: Dreamcatcher!”
A single-masted vessel on a mountain top: that is the town coat of arms. St. Christopher, protector of the travellers, is the patron saint of Barga. This town was a point of reference for the pilgrims and wayfarers on the Via Francigena. The Knights Templar and the Medici’s dynasty enriched this town with spirit, art, beauties and truth.
I am a traveller, a seeker, the vessel on the mountain perfectly identifies me: I can’t swim!
I discovered Barga as a child and I immediately fell in love with it. Life has brought me here so many times, and I wasn’t able to catch the deep feeling I had with this wonderful town, to recognise the codes we shared. – Walter Tognocchi – source –http://www.acchiappasognibarga.com