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Work starts on renovating Porta Reale – Barga Vecchia

Work starts on renovating Porta Reale – Barga Vecchia

Today is the 4th February and we should really be right in the middle of the coldest time of the year but believe it or not, it is 16° outside and a warm and sunny spring like day. Absolutely nobody is complaining about this unseasonal weather;  least of all the workmen who are this morning […]

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Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola

For the Holy Candelora, it it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the middle of winter'.

Many Italian proverbs, especially regarding the weather, are associated with this day. One of the most popular sayings is, “Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se gragnola, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno”   La Candelora era celebrata anche in epoca pre-cristiana, e secondo alcuni studiosi […]

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New BARGA bar and cafe opens in Paisley Scotland

New BARGA bar and cafe opens in Paisley Scotland

The long standing Scottish connection with Barga continues

25 New Street Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland is the address of the new venture which opens its doors last night featuring wood fire pizza ovens,  industrial design interior with a hefty dose of pop-culture and kitsch references (think concrete, fish tanks, good quality DJs and neon lights).  Their  announced  aim –  to bring something creatively different and […]

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Niente doppio tramonto – once again no double sunset

Niente doppio tramonto – once again no double sunset

If the conditions are right and you are in the right place at the right time, it is possible twice a year, on the 11th – 12th November and the 29th - 30th – 31st January to see the doppio tramonto – the double sunset viewed from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia.

The double sunset from outside the Duomo in Barga Vecchia. This is when the sun drops down behind the mountains and then shines through the natural arch of the Monte Forato. Monte Forato is a mountain in the Apuan Alps  which has two peaks of similar height and size, little more than 1.200 mts  but […]

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I giorni della merla – the days of the blackbird

I  giorni della merla – the days of the blackbird

legend has it that the weather is so cold during the last three days of January that the white birds that take shelter in the chimney tops emerge black from soot

The last days of January are known as “days of the blackbird” in Italy, denoting the coldest days of the year. In some cities, it’s called i tre giorni della merla, or the three days of the blackbird. There are numerous versions of the legend behind it, and here are just two: Story one – […]

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Dada boom – Viareggio

Dada boom – Viareggio

DecorAzioni - free art happening boom - 25-26 gennaio 2020

Fare cose belle. Non è facile. Anche perché i gusti sono soggettivi e cambiano nel corso dei tempi. Gli artisti hanno sempre proposto nuove forme estetiche, nuove decorazioni, per superare i limiti imposti da consuetudini sociali, pigrizie o tabù. E oggi cosa intendiamo per bello? Sapendo che il concetto di estetica va oltre le rappresentazioni […]

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Foggy night in Barga Vecchia

Foggy night in Barga Vecchia

A very quiet night in Barga Vecchia with low lying cloud and fog swirling through the semi deserted streets of the city but there was still some very interesting light and shadow effects in the mist.

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Concerto di Musica Sacra

Concerto di Musica Sacra

alla SS. Annunziata a Barga.

Organizzato da Arciconfraternita di Misericordia di Barga, a favore del restauro dell’Oratorio. Soprano Mariká van der Meer | Mezzo Soprano Roberta Popolani | Tenore Roberto Brugioni | Organo Roberto Barsanti

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Firewood for the winter – precision tractor driving

Firewood for the winter – precision tractor driving

just a few centimetres to spare on  either side.

One of the positive effects of living in a medieval walled city with steep and narrow streets between the houses is of course very little traffic. One of the negative effects of living in a medieval walled city with steep and narrow streets between the houses is of course, sometimes moving things around becomes somewhat difficult. […]

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Le facce del fiume – Clemente Castelli sculture

Le facce del fiume – Clemente Castelli sculture

Palazzo Carli - Sillico di Pieve Fosciana

Il borgo vecchio di Nicciano, nel comune di Piazza al Serchio, provincia di Lucca, come tanti altri borghi della Garfagnana, della vicina Lunigiana, di tante altre zone dell’Italia, si è spopolato. I suoi abitanti si contano sulle dita di una mano. Uno degli innumerevoli esempi di un patrimonio di tradizioni, di cultura che si va […]

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Camminata con i Re Magi in Barga 2020

Camminata con i Re Magi in Barga 2020

In Barga this afternoon, the annual procession through Barga Vecchia to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany – 6th January. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The magi represented the non-Jewish peoples of the world, so this was considered a “revelation to […]

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La Befana and Befanotti in Barga

La Befana and Befanotti in Barga

there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night

Befanotti All eyes were on the weather forecast for the evening when the Befanotti come down from the mountains for their traditional meeting and singing in Barga Vecchia …. did it happen? … and the answer was, a resounding YES … there were three main groups of Befana and Befanotti moving through the city last […]

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