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The church of Santissimo Crocifisso and a crest of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines (Photomontage).

 

You can reach the Piazza of Santissimo Crocifisso from three different points: from Via della Speranza down a short spacious flight of steps; from Via di Mezzo by coming up the Via della Rota and the steps of the Crocifisso; and from Piazza Angelio by coming up Via del Duomo. On your way up this latter street you pass, on the right, the recently restored Palazzo Pucci on the corner of Vicolo del Cavallaio, and on the left, the Vicolo Giannotti and the Vicolo Nardi.

The church of Santissimo Crocifisso is well worth a visit. The original part was built during the 13th Century which makes it the oldest church in Barga after the Duomo. The inside has recently been magnificently restored and in addition to a number of paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries you will find a Baroque altar in gilded wood by Francesco Santini of Cerreto, dated 25 April 1646, a beautiful wooden crucifix from 1400 encased on the altar, and in the chancel, a lovely carved wooden choir stall.

Gilded wooden altar in the church of Santissimo Crocifisso

Via della Speranza itself leads to Piazza Beato Michele and the Presbytery, but facing the Piazza of the Santissima Crocifisso, there is a steep flight of stone steps which goes up to the Aringo and the Duomo dedicated to St. Christopher, which are situated at the highest point in Barga.

The Duomo and the Appenines beyond.

 
 
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