In small Italian villages the piazza is the living room of the paese and the bar are the living conduits of its community. (Bar means café; sing. it’s il bar, plural is i bar.)
One October morning at coffee time there were few folk who had not been touched by seeing the video posted on Facebook of the Volti di Campiglia (Faces of Campiglia). This short video somehow captures the soul of this close knit community.
The photographs by Anna Primi and Marco Martucci were originally presented at an exhibition in 2003 at the local Festa dell’Unita at the Fonte di Sotto (lit. the lower fountain), commissioned by
DC DS ( Christian Democrat Democratici di Sinistra) secretary, Barbara Pires. Originally in color they were rediscovered by Simona Lecchini Giovannoni and with web designer Annete Leeman of www.comitatopercampiglia.it, edited into black and white, put to music and made into this charming testimony of the village. In the 12 years since the photographs were taken, children have grown and some folk have departed and yet somehow the community remains connected as if something vital remains untouched by the passing of time.
Campiglia Marittima is a small medieval village on the coast of Tuscany an hour south of Pisa. Since the mood of a village is often influenced by the baristi, Campiglia is blessed with four friendly bar. There is Nesci, tucked behind the carabinieri near the town entrance, then the two central piazza bar, Bacco Bar and La Panca where one can observe and enjoy the continual moving theatre of the villagers and visitors. Finally there is the Bar Orsini located just after the Porta da Mare (lit. the door to the sea) with the exquisite views of the 11th century Pieve San Giovanni, Baratti Bay, Populonia, the island of Elba, Corsica and extraordinary sunsets.
(Courtesy of Andy Egert, grazie!)