The tape was cut and the curious crowd surged into the building to see what all the fuss was about after hearing about the work being done inside Acchiappasogni for so many months now. Finally they got to see with their own eyes if the stories about the luxury accommodation were true.
And it would appear that all the stories were true as here in front of their eyes were three luxury apartments carved out of one of the centuries-old buildings in the historic centre of Barga.
A surprising mix of high technology and traditional materials with top of the range air conditioning, subtle and hidden lighting, flatscreen TVs with Internet access playing off against centuries-old stonework and doorways plus an attention to detail rarely seen in this area.
As you can hear in the short interview with Walter Tognocchi at the end of this article, art played a major part in the decor at the apartments including sculptors by Oliviero Rainaldi who has worked for the Vatican for more than 30 years.
Music also played an important part today with a group of musicians playing just inside the main entrance and a brief appearance of Emma Morton with two of the Aristodemo’s who played a brief set on the stairs for Walter and his guests.
Dopo mesi di lavori è stato inaugurato sabato 28 luglio il Bed & Breakfast Achiappasogni che ha sede in un antico palazzo di Via di Mezzo, in pieno centro storico.
Al taglio del nastro una gran folla ha potuto constatare l’attenta ristrutturazione, che ha permesso di ricavare tre lussuosi appartamenti caratterizzati da un perfetto mix tra tecnologia e materiali tradizionali: impianto di condizionamento, luci sottili e quasi nascoste, tv a schermo piatto e accesso a internet si fondono armonicamente con le antiche pietre e il cotto che costituiscono la struttura del palazzo.
Non solo il recupero architettonico ma anche dei veri pezzi d’arte danno lusso al Bed & Breakfast Acchiappasogni, che custodisce diverse sculture di Oliviero Rainaldi, artista che ha a lungo lavorato per il Vaticano.
”One evening – it was an enchanting evening indeed – I was having a delicious dinner in the restaurant “Scacciaguai”. My friends Riccardo, Chiara and Nicola, the restaurateurs, told me almost by chance that the rooms on the first floor were for sale. Maybe the good wine has to be blamed for that, or maybe the beautiful moon that shone so bright and near, as to kiss the Apuan mountains… Perhaps it was simply the Destiny: so that night I decided to leave a piece of myself right here, where I had always found the Best and the most Beautiful ever. If the restaurant on the ground floor had the skill to chase the troubles (that’s the Italian meaning of Scacciaguai), I could nothing but call my project Acchiappasogni Dream-catcher: the opportunity to have as a guest other travellers like me filled me with joy. These rooms have the names of the lights, the lights of the dreams and their frame: Dreamcatcher!”
A single-masted vessel on a mountain top: that is the town coat of arms. St. Christopher, protector of the travellers, is the patron saint of Barga. This town was a point of reference for the pilgrims and wayfarers on the Via Francigena. The Knights Templar and the Medici’s dynasty enriched this town with spirit, art, beauties and truth.
I am a traveller, a seeker, the vessel on the mountain perfectly identifies me: I can’t swim!
I discovered Barga as a child and I immediately fell in love with it. Life has brought me here so many times, and I wasn’t able to catch the deep feeling I had with this wonderful town, to recognize the codes we shared. - Walter Tognocchi – source – http://www.acchiappasognibarga.com
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