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26th December 1944 – Sommocolonia

Boxing Day morning in Sommocolonia  and as a bitterly cold north eastern wind howls down from the snow-covered mountains, the “Gaetano Luporini” Barga Band try to keep themselves and their instruments warm and the music flowing as the village celebrates the events of December 26, 1944.   After  Don Stefano had said the mass in the  […]

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San Frediano Festa at Sommocolonia

Sommocolonia is in festa today as the 14th of November is the Festa of San Frediano – their patron saint. There is a phrase used in the area which says ” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano” meaning that snow generally falls on the area during the third week in November […]

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Pascoli, soprano voice and shooting stars

Pascoli, soprano voice and shooting stars

Another of those special occasions that happen every now and again. This time not actually in Barga but up on the mountain above the city in the tiny village of Sommocolonia. It is an Italian tradition to celebrate the night between the 9th and the 10th of August with some special event. What is so […]

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Sommocolonia in festa

Prima Festa d’estate a Sommocolonia, sulla montagna barghigiana. L’apertura della giornata alle ore 15.00 con il concorso di pittura estemporanea e poi alle 19.00 inizio della festa d’estate con una cena preparata dal comitato paesano e da Slow Food. Tanta anche la musica con una tappa speciale del Turn Around – Girando alla Tonda, gustosa […]

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Sommocolonia – summer events

Just a little more than ten years ago, on Sunday 16th July 2000, the worlds press arrived in Sommocolonia the document and comment on the commemoration service for the sacrifices of Lt. John Fox and other members of the U.S. Army’s segregated 92nd Infantry Division during World War Two – (article here). We wrote then […]

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La Vacanza – Bernard Moscardini

This is the true story of a young boy’s holiday. In May 1940 nine-year-old Bernard Moscardini and his mother set off from Bedlington, Northumberland for a summer holiday in the tiny mountain village of Sommocolonia in Northern Tuscany. Soon after their arrival Benito Mussolini declares war on Britain and France, and Bernard’s mother frantically attempts […]

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Romeo and Juliet arrive in Sommocolonia (eventually)

Today was the culmination of a year-long dream for Nigel Hawkins, whose home is Dundee, Scotland. Nigel bought the white house that is so visible in the front row of houses on the barganews live video camera on Sommocolonia, and has been renovating the house for about three years, recently completing the project. Nigel is […]

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Inside Buffalo documentary film

For the final part of the celebrations today for the story of the Battle of Sommocolonia Dec 26th 1944, the film “inside Buffalo” was shown in the Teatro dei Differenti this evening with an introduction by Vittorio Biondi and the director of the film Fred Kuwornu. “inside Buffalo” was produced by FKK FILMZ and shot […]

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La Battaglia di Sommocolonia

A causa del maltempo l’intitolazione della nuova strada “Via 92^ Divisione Buffalo” è slittata al prossimo 25 aprile. Questa la scelta dell’Amministrazione Sereni che ha comunque voluto mantenere la decisione di intitolare una nuova via alla Divisione afroamericana che ha combattuto il 26 dicembre 1944 a Sommocolonia.

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San Frediano Festa at Sommocolonia

Sommo – colonia is in festa today as the 16th of November is the Festa of San Frediano – their patron saint. There is a phrase used in the area which says ” San Frediano – la neve al monte e al piano” meaning that snow generally falls on the area during the third week […]

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Braided in Fire: Buffalo Soldiers and Tuscan Villagers in WWII

SPIKE LEE WILL INTRODUCE THE ROLE OF ITALIAN PARTISANS TO MANY – After seeing Miracle at St. Anna the other night, an English woman in my company asked a logical question: “What happened to the real partisan who caused the Germans to kill all those people?” She knew it was a fictionalized story, but like […]

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