Barga, History|

Back by popular demand, this year the Living Nativity Scene returns to Barga, despite last year’s edition being very unusual because of covid regulations. This time it is once again necessary to follow the regulations, but this won’t prevent us from organising this event safely.

Many towns in the Mediavalle and Garfagnana areas have maintained this tradition for a long time, and among these towns, Barga.

It’s traditional for the locals to process through the Old Town Centre on 23 December, disguised as nativity characters. They usually end their procession at the Cathedral, where the Nativity Scene is presented with the Barga’s bells chiming in the background. Unfortunately, this year the locals who portray the workmen of that time will gather at the Cathedral and won’t be scattered throughout the Old Town Centre, except for the Three Wise Men, who will close the celebration.

To conclude, there won’t be too many people in the Old Town Centre because of covid regulations, but we hope it will be possible to experience the suggestive scenes again in the future. This Living Nativity Scene will surely be different than the previous versions, but we hope  for a better future: the end of the pandemic and to celebrate this tradition all together again.

— Written by Francesca Catoi and translated by Margherita Paolinelli


Il Presepe Vivente di Barga

Il Tirreno (source of the photo)

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