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Barga

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Barga
toscana promozione turistica

Barga
toscana promozione turistica

Barga
toscana promozione turistica

Archaeological findings document that the territory has been inhabited since the prehistory; in historical age the Ligures resided there, but was then subjugated by the Romans in the II century B.C. during their expansion towards the north. We know that Barga in the IX century was a feud of the Langobardic family Rolandinghi and subsequently, through the marquis of Tuscany, was subjected to the Empire, although keeping a broad independence. In the municipal period the territory suffered continual sieges by the Lucchesi and Pisans, until in 1341 Barga chose to submit to Florence. This represents the period of greater splendour: the House of Medici took great interest in this area from which they benefited important raw materials and granted privileges and tax exemptions which allowed the development of flourishing commercial activities. The church of San Cristoforo, the most important religious building of Barga, was built in different periods. The original construction dates back before the year 1000. In the following enlargements, architectural and decorative elements of evocative beauty that go from Romanesque to gothic style, appeared. This context is dominated by the bell tower with the ancient bells, among which the small one is dated 1580; the chiming of these bells inspired the poet Giovanni Pascoli's poem "L'ora di Barga". The arringo is the vast lawn between the cathedral and the Palazzo Pretorio, where people gathered as Parliament. From each side of the square, you can watch the magnificent panorama that surrounds Barga, represented by the mountains of the Pizzorne, by the Apuan Alps and the Appennines. Barga is Giovanni Pascoli's adoptive land. In the old town centre there is the Teatro dei Differenti where the poet said the famous speech "La grande proletaria s'è mossa" (1911) and on the Colle di Caprona, in the district of Castelvecchio Pascoli, you can visit the Casa Museo Pascoli. Situated on the Colle di Caprona, it was built around the middle of the XVIII century by the Cardosi Carrara family as a countryside villa and was Giovanni Pascoli's home from 1895 to 1912. The building retains its structure, the furnishings and the arrangement of the space that were the same ones of when the poet died; here are also preserved his books and his manuscripts. Attached to the villa there is the chapel where Pascoli is buried. Barga cuisine is mainly based on the Florentine one, with adaptations that became inevitable for the characteristics and the typical products of the territory. Among the specialties of Florentine origin that you can easily find in Barga (unlike the rest of the Province of Lucca) there are: pane sciocco (without salt or Toscano), chicken liver crostini, ribollita, baccalà alla fiorentina, peposo alla fornacina, fagioli all'uccelletto, farinata, castagnaccio (a cake of necci in the rest of the Lucchesia), cenci, fried necci, schiacciata toscana (focaccia in the rest of the Lucchesia) and the zuccotto. There have been, over the centuries, various influences of the Lucchese, Garfagnana and Pisan cuisine, that you can find in the following dishes: crostini with vegetable sauces, Frantoiana soup, spelt soup, pappardelle al cinghiale, grilled trout, manafatoli, local pork salami, local pecorino and goat cheese, a variety of fried fresh vegetables and buccellato with raisins.

The Municipality of Barga
Province of Lucca
Tuscany Region

Inhabitants: 10.034
altitude center: 410 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città Slow

In Castelvecchio di Barga, the poet Giovanni Pascoli set his residence in 1895. The house on the Colle di Caprona was realizing a dream: to rebuild, in a relaxing beauty spot, that nest of San Mauro di Romagna that had been destroyed by the violent death of his father. Barga was the right place, situated on the green hills framed by the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, where the sound of the hours looked like a voice that invited him to rummage among the humble things in order to discover mysterious correspondences. In the nest of Barga, Pascoli cultivated his love for latin poetry revisiting the classical world with modern sensibility. Here he oversaw the editions of Myricae collections, composed the Canti di Castelvecchio, and here he rests in peace together with his sister Mariù. On many buildings facades you can notice small stone sculptures of anthropomorphic smileys. Originally they were considered propitiatory for fertility. To this day what remained is the habit of making a wish while holding the index and middle fingers of the right hand on these smileys. Allegedly, the wish will come true. Venturing into the driveways and in the alleys of the village, the visitor will reach the Arringo's lawn to have a bird's eye-view of the millenial Duomo, with the screeching of swallows that spring suddenly into the patch of sky between the houses, in the toll of the hours that go along with the steps. Barga is immersed in the green and rustic beauty of the Garfagnana, wrapped in healthy and scented woods, dotted with ancient hamlets whose lights twinkle in the evening among the dark forests.

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36th Fish and Chips Festival at Barga: a bargo-scottish event

From July 28 to August 17, the Fish and Chips Festival will be held at Barga (in the province of Lucca), a 36-year event that allows you to enjoy a local specialty that has Scottish taste.

Next or present Events

  • Eveline's Dust Live @Shamrock Irish Pub - Barga
    From 27-10-2017
    To 28-10-2017
    Concerts

    Add to calendar 2017-10-27 2017-10-28 Europe/Rome Eveline's Dust Live @Shamrock Irish Pub - Barga Quartet inspired by the classic progressive rock years 70 Italian and modern English: Steven Wilson on all, the EVELINE's DUST formed in Pisa in September 2012. Barga

    Quartet inspired by the classic progressive rock years 70 Italian and modern English: Steven Wilson on all, the EVELINE's DUST formed in Pisa in September 2012.

    From 21:00 to 00:00 |

  • Barga Market-The second Sunday of each month
    From 11-06-2017
    To 10-12-2017
    Street markets

    Add to calendar 2017-06-11 2017-12-10 Europe/Rome Barga Market-The second Sunday of each month Barga

    From 09:00 to 19:00 |

  • Barga in chocolate
    From 08-12-2017
    To 10-12-2017
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2017-12-08 2017-12-10 Europe/Rome Barga in chocolate A triumph of flavors and tastings dedicated to chocolate. The event takes place in the historic center of the town of Barga that will host for the occasion Maestri chocolatiers from all over Italy. Barga

    A triumph of flavors and tastings dedicated to chocolate. The event takes place in the historic center of the town of Barga that will host for the occasion Maestri chocolatiers from all over Italy.

  • Light Up del Ciocco Tenuta e Parco
    14-12-2017
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2017-12-14 2017-12-14 Europe/Rome Light Up del Ciocco Tenuta e Parco As every year the great tree inside the Tenuta del Choco is decorated with the traditional Christmas lighting. The festival is characterized by the lighting of the tree and all the cheerful coloured lights of the estate in a magical and evocative atmosphere. Barga

    As every year the great tree inside the Tenuta del Choco is decorated with the traditional Christmas lighting. The festival is characterized by the lighting of the tree and all the cheerful coloured lights of the estate in a magical and evocative atmosphere.

  • Living Nativity
    23-12-2017
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2017-12-23 2017-12-23 Europe/Rome Living Nativity Starting from 8pm in Barga takes place the oldest living crib of the Serchio Valley, animated with about 200 figures, which proposes the reenactment of the Nativity and the old crafts of the past.
    The journey extends to the Duomo, where Jesus will be born.
    Barga

    Starting from 8pm in Barga takes place the oldest living crib of the Serchio Valley, animated with about 200 figures, which proposes the reenactment of the Nativity and the old crafts of the past.
    The journey extends to the Duomo, where Jesus will be born.

    From 20:00 |

  • New Year's Eve concert at the Tenuta and park
    01-01-2018
    Shows

    Add to calendar 2018-01-01 2018-01-01 Europe/Rome New Year's Eve concert at the Tenuta and park Appointment at 5.30 p.m. at the Auditorium del Choco with the 19th edition of the New Year's concert, initiative for charity this year entitled "Cinema Amore Mio-the most beautiful soundtracks of our Lives". Barga

    Appointment at 5.30 p.m. at the Auditorium del Choco with the 19th edition of the New Year's concert, initiative for charity this year entitled "Cinema Amore Mio-the most beautiful soundtracks of our Lives".

    From 17:30 |

  • The Epiphany
    From 05-01-2018
    To 06-01-2018
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2018-01-05 2018-01-06 Europe/Rome The Epiphany The feast in honor of the Epiphany begins on the afternoon of January 5. The old woman starts from her wooden house in Pegnana, on the Barghigiana mountain, to arrive in the old town of Barga where she will find the children in costume from "Befanotto" that together with her will the country by intonation the traditional songs. From 21, in front of a big bonfire, will kick off the evening in costume. The Epiphany will bring home in the house, riding a broom or a donkey, gifts to children and in the square will with Vin mulled and various entertainments. On 6 January, starting at 2.30 pm, the Epiphany will meet adults and children in their own home in Pegnana, visited all year round on the festive afternoons. There are surprises, games, gifts and specialities like the traditional dry biscuits, called the Befanini, prepared according to a recipe that is passed down from generation to generation. Barga

    The feast in honor of the Epiphany begins on the afternoon of January 5. The old woman starts from her wooden house in Pegnana, on the Barghigiana mountain, to arrive in the old town of Barga where she will find the children in costume from "Befanotto" that together with her will the country by intonation the traditional songs. From 21, in front of a big bonfire, will kick off the evening in costume. The Epiphany will bring home in the house, riding a broom or a donkey, gifts to children and in the square will with Vin mulled and various entertainments. On 6 January, starting at 2.30 pm, the Epiphany will meet adults and children in their own home in Pegnana, visited all year round on the festive afternoons. There are surprises, games, gifts and specialities like the traditional dry biscuits, called the Befanini, prepared according to a recipe that is passed down from generation to generation.

    From 21:00 |

  • San Cristoforo
    25-07-2018
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-07-25 2018-07-25 Europe/Rome San Cristoforo Barga

Past Events

  • 88sedici a Ottobre in Birra - Filecchio
    From 07-10-2017
    To 08-10-2017
    Concerts

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  • Natural cooking course. The food that Cares
    08-10-2017
    Festival

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