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Barga

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN ITALY, THE DWELLING OF THE POET PASCOLI

Barga is nestled in the hills between the Garfagnana and the plain of Lucca. Of prehistoric origins, the village lived a phase of strong growth during the middle ages.

The Medici family was instrumental in the growth of Barga because built between the 15th and 17th centuries, many buildings in Renaissance style. The buildings that adorn the historic center housed the most important figures of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

The Church of San Cristoforo, built before the year 1000 in the Centre of Barga, inside the glazed terracotta by Luca Della Robbia, Tuscan sculptor of the 15th century. It was restored on the outside with Romanesque and Gothic decorations. The sound of her bells inspired Giovanni Pascoli for composition of "the hour of Barga". The poet lived in the village of Castelvecchio, settlements known as "Casa Pascoli". The building still preserves intact his manuscripts, the library and the chapel where the poet is buried.

 

Tradition and typical products

Barga specialties are the soup of spelt and chestnuts, typical of the whole Garfagnana.

The "Festa del Patrono" and the "Festa del Centro Storico", among the most significant events of the municipality, where to taste the products of the Garfagnana.

 

 

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