A “new” idea is taking shape in Barga with its main intention to give a new input into the daily life of Barga.
The intention is to revitalise the life of Barga and not just in the summer months when most visitors are here, but also for the rest of the year.
The word “new” is in inverted commas because actually it is a very old idea that stretches back right through to mediaeval times.
The idea is to divide the city up into a rioni – individual areas which can individually organise events while still taking part in the wider community events.
Rione (plural: rioni) is the name given to a neighbourhood in several Italian cities, the best-known of which is Rome. A rione is just a territorial subdivision. The administrative subdivisions in Rome are the Municipi. The word derives from the Latin regiones, the 14 subdivisions of Rome imposed by Augustus. The term has been adopted as a synonymous of quartiere in the Italian comuni – wikipedia
Mariano Moriconi the photographer who used to have a studio in Barga Vecchia but recently moved into new studios down in Barga Giardino, is the man behind the project and has already started to put his ideas into practice.
This summer in the area down in Barga Giardino, new flags with three symbols were flying from many of the shops (article here) A cross, a shell and the letters SR on a green base in. You did not have to be Sherlock Holmes to work out that this was the new flag for the San Rocco Rione.
“Qui si respira ancora l’aria dei vecchi rioni in cui una volta si dividevano i paesi; c’è ancora la solidarietà e la vicinanza tra la gente, c’è ancora lo spirito di appartenenza ad un luogo. E’ un mondo tutto suo all’interno della vita di Barga – ci spiega Mariano – E siccome ritengo che la valorizzazione delle realtà rionali sia un valore aggiunto per la crescita e la caratterizzazione di un paese turistico come Barga, ho voluto realizzare le bandiere che simboleggiano, mi auguro, l’orgoglio di chi vive e si sente di San Rocco”.
Since then a map has now been published showing all the new projected Rioni. Each of which has a church at its centre and each of which has a new flag.
Not content with with just subdividing Barga Vecchia and Barga Giardino into precise areas, Mariano has also mapped out other historic Rione around Barga – San Pietro in Campo, Mologna, Catagnana, Tiglio and Sommocolonia.
As you can see from the images below, Mariano has already started work on designing five of those flags but it has to be stressed that none of these images are the final design as he’s open to any new input or idea.
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