Olive and Jasmine in Barga Vecchia – barganews.com v 3.0

Olive and Jasmine in Barga Vecchia

As we wrote back in 2013 (article here)  – the sound of a chain saw buzzing in the piazza this morning brought out a few inquisitive residents of Barga Vechia and it was a sad sight that greeted them as one of the historic trees in Piazza Garibaldi was being cut down and carted away.

As the statue of Garibaldi look impassively on , one of the residents in the piazza commented sadly that he had been there 50 years and he could always remember that tree standing there exactly as it was for all of those years and now it had gone.

A small space in the floor of the piazza was all that was left to show of a tree that had once flourished and provided much needed shadow in the summer months for the inhabitants and visitors to Barga Vecchia.

In fact the tree had probably been there a good deal longer as the black and white photograph from probably the late 20’s or early 30’s clearly shows the young tree already shading the seated men below it.




Today instead the sound of a chain saw buzzing in the piazza could be heard once again – but this time, nothing negative in that sound as trees were not being cut down but in fact being added.

An olive tree and a jasmine bush were replanted in the piazza thanks to the voluntary work of people of  different generations living around the piazza.




Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family. It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers.

What does a jasmine tree symbolise?

In the United States, jasmine is given and grown to symbolise love, beauty, and romance, while in Thailand, jasmine symbolises motherhood, respect, and love. In some parts of the world, jasmine is considered a symbol of good luck