not one, not two , but three ?
As we have written and published many times on this site, the person bringing presents to the children this time of year was not the overweight bearded man in a red suit on the night of the 24th December but in fact was an old and ugly woman on a broomstick who perform the same […]
Every month we publish a series of images from the market held in Barga every second Sunday in the month. Some months there is a good influx of people, some months less. In amongst the usual Barbie dolls, bric a brac, Mussolini busts and religious icons, this month here has been a concerted effort to […]
-2 and midnight snow but somebody is out there playing hard
The Galleria Marzocco finally shuts its doors.
Gianfranco Selmi has been one of the central people for the cultural life of the city for many years. His Galleria Marzocco in Barga Vecchia after a long and distinguished run is finally this month closing its doors to the public. All of those antiques and paintings are now in the process of being moved out […]
So it has been a very long hot summer with temperatures in the mid 30’s for most of July and August, with high humidity making it feel hot and sticky and rain only putting in an brief appearance just twice in those two months. Today was the kind of day that makes you think about […]
Over the years on this site we have written about and photographed the three wheeler Ape which trundle around this area many, many times. They have featured in articles – how to drive an Ape, a design fault in most of the old apes, a special edition Ape The Piaggio Ape (pronounced “ah-peh” – Italian […]
Emma e gli Aristodemo’s were the main musical attraction at the 3rd annual Fiera del Cassone this afternoon in Lucca. For those who have never been to or heard of a Fiera del Cassone – all the attractions are situated on the backs of Ape and other commercial vehicles all decked out for the occasion […]
The weather forecast is predicting that a summer heatwave is just two or three days away but once again it’s time to think about the oncoming winter and get that wood supply sorted out and stacked up ready for when the weather is not so “user friendly”. A combination of high gas prices, a certain […]
It sometimes comes up in conversation, generally the question coming from new visitors to Barga, just how on earth do you get large objects like furniture through the small and steep streets of Barga Vecchia and into the narrow doors of most of the houses? The answer to the first part of that question is, […]
Some commentators have likened Barga Vecchia to a kind of open air theatre with the residents of Barga all having a walk on part. One of the main actors in this play very sadly walked off stage for the final time one year ago today. Carlo Sacco who had an accident in his Ape unfortunately […]
Visitors to Barga often comment on the beauty of the steep narrow twisting stone streets in Barga Vecchia and then in their next breath more often than not, wonder out loud just how on earth things moved around inside the old city. Small cars can navigate with some careful driving through two of the main […]