Barga, Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
At that period many Renaissance palaces were built, as the Bertacchi Palace which would be the local residence of the Grandukes of Tuscany. After the unity of Italy Barga lost all its privileges and a massive emigration began to Britain and the USA. More recently, tourism attracted by the great natural beauty of the territory is bringing new life to the economy of the place.
What to see
- the Cathedral, originally in the Romanesque style, with an ancient central door and a marble ambon of the 12th century, and in the presbyterium a huge, 12th-century wooden statue representing St. Christopher
- the Palazzo Pretorio, which hosts the Mostra Preistorica della Garfagnana, with items found in the territory ranging from the Palaeolithic to the 3rd century BC
- the native house and tomb of Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli, at Castelvecchio Pascoli, 5 km to the northwest
- the Museo della Figurina e dell'Emigrante at Coreglia Antelminelli, devoted to reconstruct the ancient craft of the figurinaio, an itinerant artisan that by night worked with chalk molds to create figurines representing people, animals, crib characters, that were then sold during the day on the streets of Italy and Europe.
- 6 January, costume parade through the historical centre of children and adults singing old songs of the epiphany tradition.
- 23 December, living crib in costume, including also ancient trades and shops, with a procession to the Cathedral where the native hut is prepared.